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Legislation

Legislation

Still the law of choice? Future proofing UK legal services

Hannah Jenkins

50 days to go until B day, and still the cliché that “the only certainty is uncertainty” prevails.

For two and a half years future proofing for Brexit has been on everyone’s agenda and lawyers have been on hand to help our clients face these challenges.

But what about the challenges faced by the legal sector?

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Automated Vehicles – Navigating the Road to Regulatory Reform

The joint consultation by the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission on automated vehicles seeks views by 8th February 2019 on whether or not the UK’s current regulatory framework can cope with this new and ever-evolving technology, or whether reform is needed. Road traffic safety and regulation relies for the most part on the criminal law, which concentrates on the behaviour of the human driver. However, some offences may not be totally suitable for crimes involving driverless vehicles, and in some cases completely new offences will be needed.

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Who says New Year resolutions don’t stick? Here’s my 2019 employment law watch list to prove it

As somebody who starts each week with a to do list, I’m sure you can imagine my delight when a good friend’s Christmas present to me was a book about getting the most out of your year by making lists and making plans. Yes, I know, how very “millennial” of me, but with new years’ resolutions and forward planning at the forefront of our minds, what better a time of year to receive a gift like this? (Disclaimer: two of my resolutions were to read more books and make more plans…)

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Rent review disputes: when is the “final decision” final?

Stephen Farrell

Rent reviews are often agreed. They can sometimes end up in arbitration, often dealt with by experienced surveyor-arbitrators. Those arbitrations have a clear framework, governed by the Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010, which provides rules and procedure. However, sometimes, rent reviews are dealt with by expert determination. Often the experts are the same experienced rent review surveyors who act as arbitrators. But the procedure is very different. 

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The Discount Rate: no longer a constant in a changing world?

Will Cole

In the current era, when the House of Commons seems consumed by Brexit fever, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that some parts of the government apparatus are still having to get on with the day job, and more prosaic legislation is also rumbling towards passage. 

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Criminal charges for nutritional product manufacturer highlights the need for careful supply chain management

The decision to bring criminal charges against ITH Pharma Ltd (“ITH”), the manufacturer of an intravenous nutritional product, is a reminder that manufacturers have duties to the end users of their products and can face criminal as well as civil liability for failures. It also underlines the need for manufacturers to monitor their suppliers to ensure the quality and compliance of component parts.

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It’s good to talk – especially about enforcing your IP rights in Scotland

Before the Christmas madness got too mad, our contentious IP team held a round table discussion with some English based clients and contacts who regularly seek to enforce their IP rights in the Scottish courts.

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Our Planet – and continuing encouragement for renewable energy in Scotland

Neil Bruce

The sound of one of the most distinguishable voices of broadcasting on the natural world giving a stark warning on climate change has provoked significant attention from the opening ceremony of the current Conference of the Parties convention (COP 24) being held in Katowice, Poland.

Sir David Attenborough, in taking up the “People’s Seat” (to act as a link between the public and policy-makers at the summit), cited climate change as the world’s greatest threat in thousands of years – warning that “…we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale…and [I]f we don’t take action, t

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IPO: New Report on Design Infringement: Key Findings and Implications

Colin Hulme

A recent report by the UK Intellectual Property Office confirms what we have already known: that designs are a key part of our economy in the UK. The report discloses that as of 2015, the UK design economy was worth 6% of the nation’s total economy – the same as the building industry and the logistics sector combined. Whilst I have some reservations as to the research methodology, the report makes some interesting points.

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Could US sanctions against Iran affect EU businesses?

Lynne Moss

On 5th November the US finally re-imposed sanctions against Iran following a six month wind down period. This means that all sanctions which were relaxed following the signature of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran Deal) have been for the large part re-instated.

So what does all of this mean for your business?

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