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Government action on holiday pay claims

BIS has announced this afternoon that a statutory instrument is being laid before Parliament to limit back pay in holiday pay claims to a maximum of two years. ...more

Can Offensive Personal Tweets Justify Dismissal?

Most of the case law in the UK on dismissals related to employees' social media activity has been at employment tribunal level and therefore the recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) in Game Retail v Laws...more

What Are the Rules of the Advergame in the UK?

Advergames are online video games that are created in order to promote a brand, product or organization by immersing a marketing message within the game. They are typically accessed via an organization’s website or app, or...more

UK Legal HIghlights 2014 And Beyond

Welcome to our 2014 edition of UK Legal Highlights. This publication is a reminder of some of the most important and significant developments DLA Piper reported in 2014, along with some forthcoming developments to look out...more

VAT Charged On Invoices Relating To Defined Benefit Occupational Pension Schemes – All Change For HMRC’s Approach

HMRC has released new guidance dealing with the ability of sponsoring employers to recover input VAT in respect of supplier costs for running defined benefit occupational pension schemes. These costs will typically involve a...more

FCA Announces Major Restructuring

On December 8, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced a new strategic approach that is intended to provide a “sharper focus” for the agency as it grapples with its new responsibilities and the implementation of...more

GLOBAL: The rise of drones as an issue in sport

The remote controlled aircraft which flew a flag emblazoned with an Albanian symbol over the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania in October 2014 brought a premature end to the match amid violent scenes, with...more

Case Alert: The Duty to Offer an Alternative Vacancy to Women on Maternity Leave

In Sefton Borough Council v Wainwright, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that employers must offer a woman on maternity leave a suitable alternative vacancy when they first become aware that her role is redundant or...more

Energy Storage Update: 2014 California Storage RFO

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the global renewable energy sector. In the first issue, we analyzed the investment...more

The UK’s New Diverted Profits Tax

The UK Treasury has published the draft legislation for the new Diverted Profits Tax (DPT), which it plans to introduce from 1 April 2015. This has been unofficially described as the “Google Tax”, and represents part of the...more

Challenge to employment tribunal fees fails

Gurpreet Duhra, a Partner in our Sheffield office comments: The High Court has dismissed a second judicial review application by Unison challenging the introduction of employment tribunal fees. This means that, for now,...more

UK: Government opens lotteries consultation

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has launched a consultation aimed at assessing how lotteries and lottery type products are offered in the British market....more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 7 - December 2014

In This Issue: - What’s in a Like? - R.I.P.: The Facebook “Like” Gate - Facebook Dislikes Fake Likes - Privacy in the Cloud: A Legal Framework for Moving Personal Data to the Cloud - Click...more

Hybrid Mismatches – UK Proposals for Implementing the BEPS Recommendations

The United Kingdom made its first substantive commitment arising out of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) initiative on 3 December 2014, with the release of a consultation paper on implementing the agreed G20-...more

APCOA – The Key Highlights of 2014’s Most Discussed Scheme

On 30 October 2014, the English High Court sanctioned the second scheme of arrangement for the APCOA group (the “Scheme”). APCOA has been one of the hottest names in the restructuring market in 2014. First, it broke new...more

International Tax News - December 2014

UK WILL IMPOSE CAPITAL GAINS TAX ON NON-UK RESIDENTS - The UK government aims to go ahead with plans to impose capital gains tax on sales of residential property from April 2015. The government has published...more

Whistleblowers Gone Global – International Implications of the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Programmes

Organisations in the U.K. breathed a collective sigh of relief this summer when the commission formed by the Bank of England and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recommended against the implementation of U.S.-style...more

UK: Freedom of Speech - Unnamed artist to appeal publishing injunction in the Supreme Court

On 9 December a well-known British performing artist was granted permission to take his case to the Supreme Court, where he will appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision in OPO v MLA & STL, reported here in October 2014....more

The New Private Copying Exception: The UK Music Industry Wants to be Paid for It

Three UK music industry organisations, the Musician’s Union, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and UK Music, have recently launched a legal action seeking leave to apply for judicial review of the...more

UK Financial Institutions: Proposals for New Senior Managers and Certification Regimes

With a mandate from Parliament, the UK regulators are working on a new regime governing individuals in banks. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a joint...more

Bolt-on Acquisitions Risk Exposure to Surge of CMA Interim Enforcement Orders

The advent of the UK’s new Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has resulted in a surge of interim enforcement orders (IEOs). IEOs typically require a standstill in relation to acquired businesses, and prevent purchasers...more

Emergency Response II: Press Reports and False Markets

Introduction - On 10 December 2014 a report was published relating to the mishandling of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) announcement of its thematic review into certain insurance business. The mishandling...more

New Opportunities in UK Water?

OFWAT, the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sector in England and Wales, has set out the price controls that companies must use for regulated activities from 2015 to 2020. This new economic settlement brings...more

Diverted Profits Tax – First Thoughts

The UK Government intends to introduce a 25% “diverted profits tax” (DPT) from 1 April 2015. The tax is designed to catch the artificial erosion of the UK corporate tax base by multi-nationals that avoid establishing a...more

UK: CAP publishes latest advice on gambling advertising

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP), which write and maintain the UK’s Advertising Codes, has published its latest advice on marketers wishing to place adverts for gambling products. ...more

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