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News: October 2018

Introduction The Centre for Strategic and International Studies has calculated that cybercrime costs the global economy as much as £600bn a year with the Cabinet Office reporting the cost to UK business alone totalling £41bn in 2018. The majority of businesses operating today have to operate online effectively to survive, yet alone prosper. Customers and […]

In a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity, in the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, lies the pit of man’s fears and summit of his knowledge: imagination. Imagine this, an isolated country shrouded in fog and rain and 1.3 million naïve innocent businesses going about their […]

CMA launches cartel campaign and issues ‘dos and don’ts’ guidance on land agreements In October, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has taken significant steps to raise overall awareness of the importance of competition compliance. The CMA has now launched its new cartel campaign, calling on whistleblowers to expose cartelists and offering financial rewards […]

New Immigration Rules have been laid before Parliament by way of the ‘Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules: HC 1534’, the full version of which can be found here. The majority of new provisions come into force on 08 November 2018. Earlier this year, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, stated that he wanted to introduce […]

Recently, Sajid Javid announced that free movement from Europe will end, EU nationals will be treated the same way as non-EU nationals wishing to come to the UK and a ‘reformed’ immigration system will focus on skilled workers. It is important for businesses to understand the impact these proposals will have on the recruitment of […]

We hope you enjoyed our last Brexit Bulletin. This week, it’s all about the Northern Ireland border. We’ll help you plan for Brexit to ensure you retain your valued workforce, despite the uncertainties of negotiations in the run up to Brexit. Sign up here to stay informed with regular updates. May visits Brussels to see […]

With only 25% of FTSE 350 company boards being made up of women*, there is still a long way to go before equal representation in senior positions in business is achieved. The Women of the Year annual awards therefore has an important role to play in promoting the achievement of successful females, who are inspiring […]

West Yorkshire-headquartered specialist print supplier Hague Group has acquired a £6m-turnover print management company based in the Midlands. Venture, which has been established for more than 40 years, has a turnover of about £6m and employs 30 staff over its three sites in Leicester, Ilkeston and Newcastle under Lyme. The current sales and administration team […]

Freeths LLP is delighted to announce that it has provided legal advice to BGF Investments LP on its significant investment in Telford-based global return business ReBound.  ReBound returns management platform is used by online clothing retailers such as ASOS, Gymshark and Charles Tyrwhitt to assist with the management of their UK and international returns service, […]

Tribunal decision overturned by EAT who confirm disability causation tests need careful thought When it comes to discrimination arising from disability in the workplace, the situation can be nuanced. This recent case highlights the caution employers need to take when dismissing someone for something caused by their disability. The Scottish EAT confirmed that ‘something arising […]

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