UK Legal

Abuse Of Mobility Clause Puts Teachers Across Scotland At Risk

Chris Keates | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK
Chris Keates

Vigorously challenging the abuse of the mobility clause is not only important for the teachers at St Augustine's school but also for teachers across Scotland. All teachers have a mobility clause in their contracts. If employers are allowed to invoke the clause...then teachers will face constant job insecurity.

Say Hello to Your New Workforce: Generation Z

Janvi Patel | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Janvi Patel

Brace yourselves: the first cohorts of Generation Z are about to march into your office. Born after 1995, Gen Z are graduating this summer and will be finding their feet in work places up and down the country not long after. The question is, are businesses prepared for their arrival?

Is Copyright Infringement in Fashion Similar to Music, Or Not?

George Taylor | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Style
George Taylor

When something is 'on trend,' yet a designer hasn't been able to claim intellectual rights over their work, multiple retailers can jump on the band wagon (a common occurrence), which is why when you walk into a wide range of shops, you'll always find similar styles and designs. This is accepted as 'normal' in the fashion industry, but is it fair?

Cover Up, Please

Emma Rehal-Wilde | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Rehal-Wilde

The NHS advises women to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of a baby's life. Short of barricading the door, eating out of cans for 6 months, and slipping into a Netflix-induced coma, a mum will probably need to leave the house at some point in that time. So women have to breastfeed in public.

Tripped Up By Trademarks: Apple Loses out on rights over "IPHONE" in China

Wayne Beynon | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

In the latest of a series of setbacks for Apple in China, a Beijing court has ruled against the global tech corporation in a trade mark battle with a ...

Well Done PayPal - North Carolina's New Law Is Tragically Regressive

Suki Sandhu | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics
Suki Sandhu

We are on the cusp of major change. Strong leadership has the power to join up conversations around LGBT+ diversity and inclusion, talent management, marketing and brands as well as trust and reputation. And by integrating the diversity agenda into a business' core, it becomes a powerful force in business and society for good.

Panama: Time to End the Tax Avoidance Charade

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

These tax havens are often used for money laundering the gains of other criminal activities. Tax evasion and wider criminal activity all too often go hand in hand. But whilst it may be getting harder to hide wealth, the jolting truth from the latest revelations is that it is evidently still not hard enough.

Women in Law Can Have It All - But First The Rhetoric Must Change

Sascha Grimm | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Sascha Grimm

I do not wish to underplay the difficulties of having a family and holding down an hours-driven, high pressure job. However, there are women who are doing it - and finding it fulfilling and rewarding. That needs to become the new truth, the new rhetoric.

Panama, Loud Complaining and the Death of Offshore Centres... Again

Gray Smith | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Gray Smith

While the world tolerates tax havens, they are frequently the lowest cost way of conducting business and so they continue to grow. They have reached the point where any tax or fund adviser in London who did not recommend them to their wealthy clients would soon be out of business as the competition would have a better product.

Don't Be Taken for a Ride by the New Living Wage: Big Firms are Denying it to Cycle Couriers

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK
Cathal Sheerin

The 1st April sees an increase in the minimum wage, rebranded as the National Living Wage, to £7.20 for those over 25 years of age. But one group of workers - cycle couriers - will be denied this modest boost to their income.

They've Got Bottle, but could BrewDog end up with IP hangover after beer recipe release?

Wayne Beynon | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Wayne Beynon

What happens, for example, if home-brewers manage to master the recipes, bottle them, and sell them for a profit? Could BrewDog be opening a floodgate of potential copyright or design infringements? Worse still: if supermarket own brands start tasting like BrewDog's Punk IPA, how could they prove, or stop it?

Women in Business Q&A: Karrie Clinkinbeard, Partner Attorney, Armstrong Teasdale

Laura Dunn | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Laura Dunn

Armstrong Teasdale Recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyers Missouri & Kansas Rising Star for six consecutive years, Karrie Clinkinbeard is an expe...

Does Anyone Really Care If You Lie?

Melissa Davis | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Melissa Davis

I'm at the IBA in Vienna this week networking with over 5000 lawyers and I have had numerous conversation about the fate of Volkswagen's brand. To an...

The UK Judiciary - A New Way?

Melissa Davis | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Melissa Davis

I can't lie, it was slightly disappointing to see comments in the press last week from Lord Sumption implying that there was no rush to introduce gender equality into the judicial profession.

Hide and Seek: The Right to Privacy

Stefan R M Lancy | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan R M Lancy

Following on from my previous post on the right to be forgotten, a related and ever expanding area of law is that of the right to privacy. It's a cont...

The Scottish Limitation Period on Child Abuse Needs to Be Revised ASAP

Zahra Razavi | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Zahra Razavi

It's clear that this change in legislation is long overdue, and despite practical concerns about how to revise the law, the Scottish government's extensive consultations with NGOs, charities and companies with a solid understanding of historical child abuse is laudable.

Divorce and Children: How to Approach the Childcare Arrangements

Hayley McCall | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Parents
Hayley McCall

For many people, one of the hardest parts is knowing where to start when trying to sort out the childcare arrangements. Emotions are often running high, the legal process can be intimidating, and the practicalities can be overwhelming.

Should We Set Up Legal Trusts For Our Pets?

Marie Carter | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK
Marie Carter

The point should not be lost that it's so very important to make specific provision for pets. This should particularly be the case if the pet is older or has a medical condition(s) that will make it more difficult for them to be rehomed if the pet owner dies first.

Sky Call Up Skype on Trademark Dispute

Wayne Beynon | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

Earlier this month the European General Court upheld a ruling in Sky's favour, deeming that Sky and Skype's respective brand names sounded too similar and may lead to 'customer confusion'. This is the latest in a 10 year legal battle over Skype's right to have the word 'Sky' within their name.

The Footballers Having Classes on Consent

BBC Radio 5 live | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Sport
BBC Radio 5 live

The devastation to all sides which can be caused by an accusation of a sexual crime was made clear to the players during the session. A former detective with Sussex police put them through the kind of interrogation and explains the forensic examination that a man will face if accused of a sexual crime.

Legal Aid Team: An Animated Response to the Legal Aid Cuts

Jade Jackman | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jade Jackman

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The Law Says Obesity is a Disability - The Scales of Justice?

Rob Blakeman | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Blakeman

Bodybuilding at its highest level is very spiritual and scientific. It requires a Spartan routine that cleanses and detoxifies like nothing else. It is fundamentally stripping away life's inessentials. No manufactured foods. No sugar or sauces, no dessert or snacking on crisps.

Sharing the Responsibility - Shared Parental Leave

Hannah Cottam | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Cottam

Since the late 1970s when women started to return to work after having a family, the workplace has been forced to adapt to a larger and more senior female population. This has led to maternity leave, childcare vouchers, and a more flexible approach to working.

British Comedy Gets the Last Laugh Following Parody Law Reform

Wayne Beynon | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Wayne Beynon

The new Intellectual Property Act 2014 which came into effect last month has effectively legalised the art of parody, a comedic genre which, believe it or not, has until now been classed as illegal.

The Mistrals: An Ill-Wind for EU Arms Transfer Controls

Roy Isbister | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Roy Isbister

It is not just France's credibility that's at stake over the way it has handled a sale of two Mistral class assault ships to Russia, but the credibility of the whole EU Common Position on arms transfers.