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News: February 2017

The ICC is one of the best known and frequently used arbitral institutions. On 1 March 2017, changes to the ICC Rules of Arbitration come into force. The most significant change is the introduction of an expedited procedure designed to provide a quicker, more cost-effective method of dealing with lower value claims (those under US […]

We have been notified that the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have issued an alert relating to a fraud/ phishing scam that specifically targets university staff via bogus HR department emails. We are circulating the alert so that you are aware and can take appropriate action to warn your staff. City of […]

Welcome to the Winter 2016/2017 Agriculture Newsletter Although we can hope that Spring is at least around the corner I am pleased to introduce Freeths’ Agriculture newsletter for Winter 16/17 and hope that you find something interesting in it. This quarter our newly promoted Associate Hazel Eccles looks at planning concerns when dealing with grazing […]

Restrictive covenants are commonplace in contracts where one party is selling their business. They are a contractual safeguard ensuring valuable stakeholders are not poached from a business by an ex-employee entering into competition with their old place of work. Yet, while they are frequently incorporated into commercial contracts, the recent case involving a dispute between […]

What do consumer electronics, video games and hotel accommodation have in common? The answer is that all three of these sectors are currently under investigation for suspected breaches of EU competition law as it applies to digital sales (‘e-commerce’). Crucially, the competition law rules being enforced have much wider application across any industry that sells […]

2016 – A game changing year in health and safety? Having achieved its first anniversary, there has been a massive change in the landscape of health and safety law following the introduction of new sentencing guidelines in February 2016 which are serving to catch companies and organisations on the hop. These guidelines (which unusually apply […]

Enforcing competition law against suppliers that fix or set minimum resale prices appears to be spearheading the recent enforcement practice of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). In the course of 2016, this UK competition regulator sent a total of 63 ‘warning letters’ and 31 ‘advisory letters’, with the principal focus of each type of […]

“The most gifted minds can fail to reach their full potential due to factors outside of their control.” Now in its fifth year, the Legal Scholarship Scheme at Freeths invests in aspiring lawyers with an invaluable opportunity at the very start of their careers. Freeths is offering students in the Milton Keynes, Bucks, Beds and […]

Fashion Capital will host its ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’ seminar with headline sponsor Freeths solicitors on 30th March at the Manchester Art Gallery. The Trunk Show is the first of a series of seminars to tour the UK offering real advice to today’s fashion start-ups. Supported by The Textile Institute, ABC Awards and […]

Enforcing competition law against suppliers that fix or set minimum resale prices appears to be spearheading the recent enforcement practice of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). In the course of 2016, this UK competition regulator sent a total of 63 ‘warning letters’ and 31 ‘advisory letters’, with the principal focus of each type of […]

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