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When Is Legal Advice No Longer Privileged?

Friday, 01 November 2019

The general rule is that legal advice is privileged and not disclosable in litigation. However, if the legal advice is given for the purpose of "affecting an iniquity", this will not be the case.

When Is Legal Advice No Longer Privileged?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Employer Pays Millions in Compensation for Employee's Invention

Friday, 01 November 2019

Generally, an invention belongs to an employer if it is made in the course of the employee's employment. However, where an invention has been of "outstanding benefit" to an employer an employee can apply for compensation.

Employer Pays Millions in Compensation for Employee's Invention

Articles & Blogs Real Estate

Why Is the Moving Home Process So Slow?

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

In theory, buying a home should take no longer than buying a car. So what are the factors that make this goal unrealistic?

Why Is the Moving Home Process So Slow?

Articles & Blogs Employment

British Airways Loses Appeal to Block Planned Pilot Strikes

Friday, 18 October 2019

BA sought to challenge the legality of strike action planned by its pilots on the basis that the union, BALPA, had failed to provide the correct information about the employees to be balloted.

Religion or Belief Claim Against Mulberry Fails

Articles & Blogs Employment

When Could You Be Held Liable for Third-Party Harassment Claims?

Friday, 01 November 2019

An Employment Appeal Tribunal confirmed the extent to which employers may be liable for harassment of their employees by third parties.

When Could You Be Held Liable for Third-Party Harassment Claims?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Judges Are Now Protected If They Blow the Whistle

Friday, 18 October 2019

In a landmark case Gilham v Ministry of Defence the Supreme Court has held that whilst judges are not 'workers'...

Religion or Belief Claim Against Mulberry Fails

Articles & Blogs Employment

Religion or Belief Claim Against Mulberry Fails

Friday, 18 October 2019

An employee who was dismissed for refusing to sign an agreement that would assign copyright over any works created during her employment to her employer...

Religion or Belief Claim Against Mulberry Fails

Articles & Blogs Employment

Christian Doctor Dismissed for Refusing to Address Transgender Patients by Their Chosen Pronoun

Friday, 18 October 2019

An Employment Tribunal (ET) has found that a doctor engaged to carry out health assessments for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was not discriminated against...

Christian Doctor Dismissed for Refusing to Address Transgender Patients by Their Chosen Pronoun

Articles & Blogs Employment

Dismissing an Employee? Honesty Is the Best Policy

Friday, 18 October 2019

A recent Court of Appeal case demonstrated that giving inaccurate information about the reasons for dismissing an employee and then later amending the defence to include the true reason is conduct that can indicate that an allegation...

Dismissing an Employee? Honesty Is the Best Policy

Articles & Blogs Commercial Contracts Blogs

When Can You Rectify a Mistake in a Contract?

Friday, 18 October 2019

Businesses enter into commercial agreements all the time. Sometimes after having done so, one party may argue that a document did not adequately reflect what had really been intended.

When Can You Rectify a Mistake in a Contract?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Could Handover of Patents Be Harmful to UK Pharma and Patients?

Friday, 18 October 2019

A big dilemma in the policy around intellectual property protection is the relationship between encouraging innovations and allowing those innovations to be available more widely.

Could Handover of Patents Be Harmful to UK Pharma and Patients?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Immunotherapy Results a Game-Changer in Treating Melanoma

Friday, 18 October 2019

52% of patients can survive stage four melanoma for at least five years - after the skin cancer has spread - compared to about 5% ten years ago. (most of whom died within just a few months).

Immunotherapy Results a Game-Changer in Treating Melanoma

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Named as Pioneering Life Science Opportunity Zone

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst continues to lead the way as an iconic hub for growth in the UK Life Sciences industry, as it has successfully been named as one of six pioneering Life Science Opportunity Zones.

Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Named as Pioneering Life Science Opportunity Zone

Articles & Blogs Real Estate

5 Things to Check Before Signing a Commercial Lease

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Are you about to take on a commercial lease? This is what you should look out for before you sign.

5 Things to Check Before Signing a Commercial Lease

Academies & MATs Articles & Blogs

How Can Your School Prepare for Brexit?

Wednesday, 09 October 2019

With Brexit looming, the DfE has published "Advice for schools on how to prepare for Brexit". We have summarised some of the most important points below.

How Can Your School Prepare for Brexit?