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Browse our law brief articles and blogs, aimed at addressing the practical implications of the latest legal developments affecting you and your organisation.

Articles & Blogs Divorce & Family

Heterosexual Couple Win Civil Partnership Case

Monday, 09 July 2018

Many of you will have heard the recent news reports of the Supreme Court ruling unanimously in favour of a heterosexual couple who did not want to get married, but sought instead to enter into a Civil Partnership.

Heterosexual Couple Win Civil Partnership Case

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

STOP PRESS - DfE Publishes Revised Statutory Guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Related Guidance

Monday, 09 July 2018

On 4 July the DfE issued the final version of Working Together to Safeguard Children (Working Together 2018) which applies to all organisations with functions relating to children across England from 29 June 2018.

STOP PRESS - DfE Publishes Revised Statutory Guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Related Guidance

Articles & Blogs Employment

Employee Dismissed over Right to Work - Appeal Should Have Been Granted

Friday, 06 July 2018

Where an employer has reasonably (but mistakenly) reached the conclusion that an employee has no right to work in the UK, is it fair to refuse a right of appeal against dismissal?

Immigration Law

Articles & Blogs Employment

Hermes Couriers Found to Be Workers Despite Being Classed as Self-Employed

Friday, 06 July 2018

The Employment Tribunal (ET) held that despite the terms of their written agreement, Hermes couriers were in reality workers and therefore entitled to National Minimum Wage and paid annual leave.

Gig Economy

Articles & Blogs Employment

GDPR - References Now Exempt from Disclosure

Friday, 06 July 2018

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) individuals are entitled to a copy of the personal data which your organisation holds about them and to certain supplementary information.

Data Protection Law

Articles & Blogs Procurement

STOP PRESS: Now You Can Carry out a Two-Stage Phased Evaluation Under the Open Procedure and Still Comply with the PCR

Thursday, 05 July 2018

Standard procurement wisdom has always maintained that you cannot have more than a one-stage evaluation under the open procedure - until now.

Now You Can Carry out a Two-Stage Phased Evaluation Under the Open Procedure and Still Comply with the PCR

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

BEIS Committee Report Warns of Dangers of Pharma Regulatory Divergence after Brexit

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

As we heard at the recent packed annual PING seminar that VWV held, there is no bigger issue facing the pharma industry than Brexit, and in particular the uncertainty over what will happen from a regulatory perspective.

BEIS Committee Report Warns of Dangers of Pharma Regulatory Divergence after Brexit

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Important European Court Decision on the Specific Mechanism - What Does This Mean for Parallel Trade?

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

The recent case of Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals v Orifarm GmbH has resulted in an important decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) on the interpretation of the Specific Mechanism.

Important European Court Decision on the Specific Mechanism - What Does This Mean for Parallel Trade?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Medicine Shortage Crisis Sees Clamour for Department of Health to Investigate

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Sir Kevin Barron MP, the Chair of the Parliamentary All Party Pharmacy Group, has called for Steve Brine, the Health Minister, to urgently investigate medicine supply shortages.

Medicine Shortage Crisis Sees Clamour for Department of Health to Investigate

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

New UK Immigration Status for EU Citizens and Their Families - What You Need to Know

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

EU citizen employees of Pharma & Life Sciences businesses concerned about their status after Brexit should know that the UK government have recently released more details about the application process they will need to go through to confirm their status.

New UK Immigration Status for EU Citizens and Their Families - What You Need to Know

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Supreme Court Ruling - What Parties Need to Know When Changing Contract Terms

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Some recent cases have said that contracts could still be changed orally, even with a 'no oral modification clause' in place. But what is the decision by the Supreme Court?

Supreme Court Ruling - What Parties Need to Know When Changing Contract Terms

Articles & Blogs Conveyancing

Neighbour Disputes - Don't Risk Going to Court over Japanese Knotweed

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

When nuisance neighbours are mentioned, what comes to mind is bonfires when your washing is on the line, noisy parties and shared drives being blocked. However, the nuisance can come from something other than people.

Neighbour Disputes - Don't Risk Going to Court over Japanese Knotweed

Articles & Blogs VWV approach

Partner at VWV Advising on Shepton Mallet Hip Replacement Cases

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

Early in 2017, Care UK, which operates the Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre identified that a group of patients operated on by one of their surgeons, Mr Oliver Schindler, appeared to be experiencing a prolonged recovery from hip replacement.

Partner at VWV advising on Shepton Mallet hip replacement cases

Articles & Blogs Construction

Three Bites at the Construction Payment Cherry - a Review of Grove Developments Limited v S&T (UK) Limited [2018]

Wednesday, 04 July 2018

The amendments to the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (the Act), introduced by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009, set out the current process used to deal with payments in construction contracts.

Three Bites at the Construction Payment Cherry - a review of Grove Developments Limited v S&T (UK) Limited [2018]

Articles & Blogs Family Business

"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" - Protecting Your Family Property

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

This is the third and final article in our series that identifies some of the potential pitfalls that may arise when leasing a property to a tenant.