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Legislation

Legislation

Government launches review of planned changes to off-payroll worker tax rules (IR35)

The Treasury have launched a review of the planned changes to off-payroll working. By way of reminder, the planned changes are designed to tackle non-compliance with IR35 by making medium and large-sized organisations outside of the public sector responsible for determining the tax status of contractors who provide their services through their own personal service company. 

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Top litigation takeaways of 2019

In the aftermath of the election excitement and just before everybody gets into the swing of Christmas, we thought we’d remind you of some of the key developments across Scottish litigation and liability issues this past year. We know what you are thinking – Christmas has come early indeed! 

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My 2020 vision for pensions

What a year 2019 has been in the world of pensions. Aside from the political and economic uncertainty which has impacted on every area of legal and business life, there has been no shortage of pensions headlines hitting the news. 

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The European Union Intellectual Property Office has recently published its study into online copyright infringement in the EU – is the fight against the pirates being won?

The Study is a valuable piece of research as to the extent of the ongoing challenge of combating online copyright infringement facing those creating valuable digital content, however, there is cause for cautious optimism. The full report can be found here

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Red Riding Hood and the not so big bad landlord

Who would have thought a trip to the pantomime would start a discussion about Red Riding Hood’s property litigation issues?  Well it turns out, when you’re watching with your legal colleagues that’s exactly what happens.  Don’t say lawyers don’t know how to have fun...

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Supreme Court rules employers liable for “hidden” reasons for dismissal

On Wednesday 27th November, the UK Supreme Court handed down its eagerly awaited judgement in Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti – a case in which the Court determined that in a claim for unfair dismissal, the employer can be liable for the real reason for dismissal hidden by the employee’s line manager, regardless of the decision maker’s lack of knowledge of the real reason.  

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Whether it’s algebra or shipping law – always double check the little details

Waiting on our food at our Italian-American diner of choice, my son’s attention turned to the entertainment on his placemat. The dot-to-dot and spot the difference passing without incident, he enlisted my help with the maths challenge. The problem was as follows:

X + X + X = 30
X + Y + Y = 20
Y + X + X + Z + Z = 29
X + Y x Z = ?

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The Shame Game

Nobody wants to be shamed in public. Especially if the audience includes your client and peers. Yet, this is the risk we run every time we issue a “cease and desist” letter on behalf of a client. The problem seems to arise most commonly when enforcing trade marks but claims of patent and copyright infringement are not without their own risk.

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Another One Bytes the Dust: a commercial litigator’s view of Thomas Cook’s collapse

Journalists might have expected to enjoy a slow news day, increasingly rare in the Brexit era, while awaiting the Supreme Court’s judgement on the prorogation of Parliament. 

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Post-Termination Grievances: to hear, or not to hear?

An issue that commonly arises in practice for many employers is how to handle grievances raised by former employees. To date, the legal obligations on an employer in these circumstances have not been clear – especially since the abolition of the Statutory Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures. In particular, the Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures is silent on this point. 

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