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I spy with my little eye.

Friday, 23rd January 2015

The Information Commissioner's Office ( ICO ) has completed an investigation into Caerphilly Council (the Council ) after it ordered covert surveillance on a sick employee. The Council must review its approach for employee surveillance policies and procedures in the future.

Education update January 2015

Friday, 23rd January 2015

Covering selected sector articles.

EAT rules that caste is capable of falling within the concept of "ethnic origins" under the Equality Act 2010

Friday, 23rd January 2015

In the recent case of Chandhok and another v Tirkey, the Employment Appeal Tribunal ( EAT ) rejected an appeal to strike out a claim for caste discrimination, holding that the definition of race in the Equality Act 2010 ( EqA 2010 ) could include facts relevant to caste.

European tax investigation gathers pace

Friday, 23rd January 2015

It's a sad and recognised truth that no one really loves January. Overshadowed by its neighbours December and, to a far lesser extent, February, January has long been considered the worst month for a number of reasons.

Court of Appeal finds Aarhus costs discrepancy

Friday, 23rd January 2015

In the recent case of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government v Venn, the Court of Appeal held with reluctance that a woman who challenged a development proposed by her neighbour did not have protection against potentially heavy legal costs.

New Fit for Work service to be fully implemented by May 2015

Tuesday, 20th January 2015

The new Fit for Work service is aimed at complementing existing occupational health services provided by employers and to fill the gap in support that currently exists.

A Note on Electronic Signatures

Thursday, 15th January 2015

We have seen a significant rise in requests for the use of electronic signatures over recent years. This has raised questions as to the legal status of these systems.

Ashfords Raises Over £62,000 for Children's Hospice South West

Thursday, 15th January 2015

Leading UK law firm Ashfords LLP, has raised a life-changing sum of over 62,000 for Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) as its Charity of the Year 2014.

Death of the wallet? Biometrics and wearables are next steps in payments innovation

Tuesday, 13th January 2015

Jenny Hotchin predicts that BLE and biometrics-based payment solutions will become more commonplace in 2015.

Brands and confidential information - It's easy to forget that brands aren't just about trade marks

Tuesday, 13th January 2015

The recipe for Coca-Cola is (arguably) one of the world's most famous trade secrets. Although it is now apparently housed in the Vault of the Secret Formula at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, its history is the subject of many outlandish urban myths.

Interflora -V- Marks & Spencer AdWords Case Goes to Retrial

Tuesday, 13th January 2015

Readers may recall that since 2008 Interflora has been engaged in legal proceedings against Marks & Spencer, concerning the latter's activity of bidding on the word Interflora via Google's AdWords service.

Specsavers Wordless Logo Mark Held to be Valid

Tuesday, 13th January 2015

Specsavers has managed, on appeal, to uphold the validity of its following wordless logo mark (which appears in black, but is registered without any colour limitation and so is registered in respect of all colours), despite the fact that they have never used it on its own in trade in the UK.

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