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News & Events: April 2019

Technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) transactions are ever increasing in number and complexity. The associated TMT and IP/IT disputes are often brought before the national courts. However, litigation is not always well-equipped to take account of the distinctive elements of these disputes. Arbitration could be advantageous in resolving such disputes, particularly where the parties come […]

Natural England (NE) has announced that, from today onwards, it is revoking three wild bird “general licences” issued under s16 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/general-licences-for-bird-control-major-changes-to-licensing-requirements These licences permitted land owners or other authorised persons to catch (alive) or kill certain species of wild birds and / or to take, damage or destroy […]

In recent months, EU and national competition authorities have ramped up competition law enforcement against suppliers of branded goods ranging from sportswear and fashion clothing to musical instruments. Any supplier or retailer of branded goods should now ensure their e-commerce policies and distribution agreements are still fit for purpose. Two recent EU cases involved well-known […]

We would be delighted if you could join us on Thursday 25th April for the next HR Matters seminar at Freeths Manchester in conjunction with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Who should attend this session: HR Managers, HR Business Partners, Heads of HR, Business Owners What the session will deliver: A round table discussion of […]

Freeths LLP is pleased to announce Miles Hacking has passed his joint Insolvency law exams, with examination board, JIEB. The exams took place in November 2018 with the results being announced in March 2019. Passing these exams is a pre-requisite to becoming a licensed insolvency practitioner. Miles, an Associate within the Insolvency and Restructuring team […]

Whilst further preparatory legislation for Brexit is passed this month, the Courts continue to recognise deficiencies in consultations and to give rulings which remind us of the importance of properly drafted enforcement notices.  Meanwhile planning inspectors rule on what constitutes a change of use and apply the provisions of the NPPF rigidly against further updated […]

Top 50 national law firm, Freeths, is celebrating continued growth with the opening of a base in Bristol, taking the number of offices across the UK to thirteen. Located in the main business district of Bristol Temple Quarter, the office is headed up by Adam Watson, a real estate specialist, who has moved from the […]

The English High Court has recently set aside an arbitration award for serious irregularity under s68(2)(a) of the Act in the case of RJ and another v HB [2018] EWHC 2833 (Comm). Successful s68 challenges are rare, which is why this case is a useful demonstration of the very high threshold for setting aside an […]

On Thursday 4th April 2019 the Initiate Team brought Aintree to Manchester. Over 40 business people attended the event which took place at Freeths Manchester office. In true race day style, guests were treated to a glass of fizz on arrival with drinks and canapés being served throughout the evening. Fun money was provided for […]

Welcome to our April Employment Law Review. In this bulletin we take a look at new neurodiversity guidance, a further development on holiday pay, the question of when suspending an employee amounts to a breach of contract, and gender diversity in the boardroom. We also highlight key dates and new rates to be aware of […]

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