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News: July 2017

After a flurry of excitement and commentary from numerous sources, the dust is already settling on yesterday’s landmark decision. The UK’s Supreme Court ruled that workers will no longer have to pay fees levied by the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal to issue proceedings against their employers. The Supreme Court said these charges […]

On 1 June 2017, the revised Definitive Guideline on reduction in sentence came into force. This applies to all individuals and organisations where the first hearing is on or after 1 June 2017 (regardless of the date of the offence). What are the key changes? The new Guideline states that the crucial time for determining […]

From 26 June 2017, all EU Member States must have in place central registers of beneficial ownership, under the provisions of the 4th Money Laundering Directive (Directive). The UK put provisions in place ahead of the implementation date set by the Directive, with the effect that since 6th April 2016, UK companies and LLPs have […]

Earlier this month, Team Freeths competed in the UK Corporate Games, held in Nottingham. This exciting annual event is Europe’s largest multi-sports festival for businesses. The games are a wonderful opportunity to enhance company togetherness and express corporate wellbeing through sport, competition and fun. Staying in the “games village”, participants from Freeths enjoyed glorious sunshine […]

The latest piece of research into the outbreak of Mycobacterium Chimaera (M. Chimaera) has been published in the Lancet: Infectious Diseases on 12 July 2017. The paper “Global outbreak of severe Mycobacterium Chimaera disease after cardiac surgery: a molecular epidemiological study” sets out the findings of a molecular epidemiological investigation carried out to establish the […]

Since 6th April 2016, UK companies and LLPs have been required to keep a register of persons with significant control over the entity, who may be the same as existing shareholders, or may be different. Companies were exempt from the requirement if they were subject to Chapter 5 of the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency […]

This month we consider four cases which address significant issues including the question of a father’s remuneration rights in only the third reported decision on Shared Parental Pay, the irrelevance of an employer’s belief that a disclosure was not protected in the context of a whisteblowing dismissal claim, the impact of worker status on holiday […]

The FCA has completed a thematic review of staff incentives, remuneration and performance management in consumer credit firms. The outcomes of this review have been published this week in a consultation paper, which also sets out the FCA’s proposals in terms of new rules and guidance as a result of its findings. The consultation period […]

Freeths recently took part in a 24 hour international ‘hackathon’ event aimed at providing innovative solutions to online courts and ‘ODR’ (online dispute resolution). Judged by a panel of High Court judges including the Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales, the event was jointly organised by Professor Richard Susskind, The University of Law, Judiciary […]

Keith Gilbert, Andrew Spiers and Harjit Saund of Freeths LLP have advised Carlsberg UK on its acquisition of London Fields Brewery. Chris Jackson of Mazars LLP provided financial due diligence for Carlsberg UK. Carlsberg UK has acquired London Fields Brewery and will operate the business in a joint venture with Brooklyn Brewery from Brooklyn, New […]

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