Court of Appeal rules in favour of employer on remoteness of depression arising from disciplinary process (Yapp v Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2014])

Tuesday, 24th February 2015

Nowadays, employers have a range of duties and obligations when ensuring the health and safety of their employees, with common law duties to take reasonable care for the health and safety of employees and implied terms in all contracts of employment that employers must not, without reasonable and proper cause, conduct themself in a manner calculated or likely to destroy or seriously damage the relationship of trust and confidence.

Cycling into the Sunset?

Tuesday, 24th February 2015

In the first six days of 2015, five cyclists were killed on British roads. This is a shocking figure by any reckoning, and demonstrates that cycling safety in Britain is not what it should be.

The Gas Access Campaign

Monday, 23rd February 2015

Over recent months the housing press has regularly featured articles about gas safety and the 'Gas access Campaign' that is running to try and change the law in this area.

Pre-nuptial agreements

Thursday, 19th February 2015

A Pre-nuptial or Premarital Agreement, commonly abbreviated to pre-nup or pre-nupt, is a written contract created prior to marriage, seeking to regulate the prospective spouses' financial liabilities and responsibilities towards each other in the event of their subsequent divorce or separation. With approximately 45% of marriages ending in divorce, Pre-nuptial Agreements are becoming increasingly popular.

Cash Retention Abuse

Thursday, 19th February 2015

In the aftermath of the recession, cash retention abuse has been a hotly debated topic in the construction industry. With insolvency affecting a significant number of contractors and employers, retention monies have often been used to pay the latter''s creditors, as opposed to their contractors and sub-contractors.

Eat, Drink, Innovate and Protect

Thursday, 19th February 2015

he Devon Life Food & Drink Awards showcase the best of the regions food and drink industry.


Tuesday, 17th February 2015

In a recent case looking at staff handbooks, the High Court held that the Department for Transport ( DfT ) was not entitled to unilaterally change the terms of its staff handbook, which the High Court found had been incorporated in part into its employees contracts of employment.

What price Agile? How to establish the right pricing model

Tuesday, 17th February 2015

Intelligent use of commercial project pricing models can help build trust and encourage use of Agile, says tech lawyer Stewart James.

Structuring for a successful cross-border acquisition

Tuesday, 17th February 2015

Structuring and managing modern M&A transactions can be difficult and highly complex - especially in multi-jurisdictional deals. There are generally two methods available, an asset purchase or a share purchase and in this article we explore some of the commercial reasons why one structure might be preferred over another.

Managing a cross-border transaction deal team

Tuesday, 17th February 2015

The logistical difficulty of efficiently co-ordinating an extended financial, legal and commercial team across jurisdictions, involving a lead corporate finance adviser, lawyers, accountants, pension advisers, environmental consultants and others is a major challenge of a cross border transactions.

Innocent Drinks win "Dude" case

Monday, 16th February 2015

Last week's Court decision in the Innocent smoothies drinks dispute highlights (once again) the importance of clearly stating in contracts with third party designers who owns the IP rights in what they create.

Demystifying the government's Digital Marketplace - which Digital Services framework should suppliers be applying to?

Friday, 13th February 2015

There is a big opportunity not to be missed for suppliers to provide public sector bodies with more competitively priced cloud services.


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