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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 Employment

Employment Tribunal Reform to Claims

Friday, 14 December 2018

The Employment Tribunal National User Group announces additional full time salaried judges to combat the rise in claims filed.

Employment Tribunal Reform to Claims

Articles & Blogs Family Business

Enjoy the Christmas Festivities... But Not Too Much!

Thursday, 13 December 2018

You have worked harmoniously with your family all year, so what better way of celebrating than holding a Christmas party for your family and colleagues?

Christmas Party

Articles & Blogs Private Client

Deeds of Variation - What Are They and When Can They Be Used?

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Those of us who draft Wills for a living are used to inserting the words "last Will" into the Wills that we draft. But a last Will is not necessarily the final word on how an estate will devolve on the testator's death.

Deeds of Variation - What Are They and When Can They Be Used?

Articles & Blogs Private Client

Can You Use an Electronic Signature on a Legal Document?

Thursday, 13 December 2018

There has long been confusion about whether legally binding documents can be signed electronically. The Law Commission is attempting to answer this question once and for all with a new consultation looking into the electronic execution of documents.

Can You Use an Electronic Signature on a Legal Document?

Articles & Blogs Private Client

The EU Succession Regulation - Recent Developments

Thursday, 13 December 2018

We look back at the recent developments since the EU Succession Regulation (or Brussels IV as it is also known) came into force, with the intention of harmonising estate administration across the European Union.

The EU Succession Regulation - Recent Developments

Articles & Blogs Private Client

Business Relief - Will Your Business Qualify?

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Business Relief (BR) previously known as Business Property Relief, has for many years been one of the most useful and versatile reliefs available to individuals who wish to reduce their inheritance tax liability, relating to lifetime gifts and on death.

Business Relief - Will Your Business Qualify?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

High Court Rules on Innocent Party's Dilemma

Monday, 10 December 2018

A commercial contract often sits in the drawer until it is needed...

High Court Rules on Innocent Party's Dilemma - Should it Terminate a Contract or Preserve its Business?

Articles & Blogs Brexit Pharma & Life Sciences

Novartis Grimsby Closure Sees 400 Pharma Jobs Go - But Denies Brexit Link

Monday, 10 December 2018

Novartis has announced the closure by 2020 of its manufacturing plant in Grimsby, leading to the loss of 400 jobs.

Novartis Grimsby Closure Sees 400 Pharma Jobs Go - But Denies Brexit Link

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Should MP's Extend Patent Protection to Counter Antimicrobial Resistance?

Monday, 10 December 2018

The lack of new antibiotics poses one of the gravest threats to healthcare with a lack of new medicines coming through.

Should MP's Extend Patent Protection to Counter Antimicrobial Resistance?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Political Declaration on Post-Brexit Future Positive for Pharma - But What Does it Mean for You?

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The UK Government and European Commission have published the draft text on a future relationship post-Brexit.

Political Declaration on Post-Brexit Future Positive for Pharma - But What Does it Mean for You?

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Drug Substitutability Case - Could This Be Another Option Following a No-Deal Brexit?

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The recent NHS win against drug companies Bayer and Novartis could save the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds and will impact on the treatments available and chosen for NHS users in the future.

Drug Substitutability Case - Could This Be Another Option Following a No-Deal Brexit?

Articles & Blogs Corporate

Is Your Shareholders' Agreement Clear?

Friday, 07 December 2018

A recent case in the High Court has highlighted the importance of drafting contracts clearly and ensuring that the provisions are similarly understood by all parties.

Is Your Shareholders' Agreement Clear?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Can an Employer Dismiss When an Employee is Entitled to Long-Term Disability Benefits?

Friday, 07 December 2018

Will an employer breach the contract of employment if they dismiss an employee who is entitled to long term disability benefits? The Employment Appeal Tribunal has considered this issue in Awan v ICTS UK Ltd.

Can an Employer Dismiss When an Employee is Entitled to Long-Term Disability Benefits?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Thriving at Work? Voluntary Reporting on Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Friday, 07 December 2018

Following on from the October 2017 report "Thriving at work: the Stephenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers", the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care have published a framework to support employers...

Thriving at Work? Voluntary Reporting on Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing