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News, Articles & Events: December 2020

If you make Scotch whisky, Dorset Blue cheese or Traditional Cumberland sausages you will know all about geographical indications, or GIs. Have you considered the impact Brexit will have on the rights you use and on how you package your products? At 11pm on 31 December 2020, the Brexit transition period will end. Businesses must […]

Welcome to our December Employment Law update. In our last update of 2020 we consider two recent cases on indirect age discrimination and a High Court decision helping ensure gig economy workers are adequately protected from health and safety risks in the workplace. As effective COVID-19 vaccinations are rolled out across the UK, we also […]

Time and time again I get asked by senior management across a range of business sectors; “how real is the threat of class action litigation?” – and the answer I always give is “very real”. So, it struck me that it was worth exploring some of the reasons why that is and what businesses can […]

Freeths LLP, led by Banking & Finance partner, Ed Hall, is delighted to have advised Richard Jennings and Independent Port Capital Management on their management buy-in of market-leading port handling and logistics company, JST Services (Scotland) Limited. The MBI team is undertaking a buy-and-build strategy in the UK port sector with JST Services at its core. […]

National law firm, Freeths LLP, and Innes England, have completed a major deal to sell a 58 acres of brownfield development land at the historic former RAF Newton airbase, Nottinghamshire to national house builder Redrow to create the first garden village in Nottinghamshire. Newton Garden Village will comprise a new community of 528 homes, village […]

UK Immigration rules are due to significantly change on 1 January 2021 as the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020. The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill will end rights to freedom of movement of persons under retained EU law. Further information on this can be found here. EEA nationals (includes […]

This immigration article looks at: The current right to work requirements for the employment of European nationals; The impact of no change to right to work requirements between 31 December 2020 and 30 June 2021 – What does this mean for the employer of a European national?; The requirement for pre-Brexit European nationals resident in […]

On 14 December 2020, the Government released the new Energy White Paper, the overall aims of which are to: Transform energy supply to build a cleaner, greener future Reform the energy system such that it is fit for future purpose Create a “fair deal” for energy consumers by increasing price transparency, providing more opportunities for […]

Join our team of Employment and Immigration experts for an update on the key, COVID-free, legal developments of 2020, together with practical guidance and advice on what these developments mean for your business. This session is aimed at HR professionals, in-house lawyers and those with responsibility for people management within their organisation. We will cover: […]

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 confirms how we should approach assessing capacity to make decisions. Capacity is decision specific and can fluctuate and change over time. For example, a client may have capacity to sign their Will may not be able to manage their property and affairs more generally. I recently worked on a case […]

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