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Stamping out sexual harassment in the workplace – what employers need to know one year on from #MeToo

14 Nov 2018
A year after the #MeToo movement started, sexual harassment at work is still in the news on a regular basis, most recently in connection with the allegations against Sir Philip Green. He was identified in the House of Lords by Lord Hain as being the businessman who had obtained an injunction in the Court of Appeal to stop The Telegraph publishing details of claims of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and bullying made against him by employees.
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Deeds, seals and limitation periods

14 Nov 2018
Does a deed have to be sealed to obtain a 12 year, rather than a 6 year limitation period?  Or is execution as a deed in accordance with the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 enough? 
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Public sector pension schemes and the Lloyds case

14 Nov 2018
On 26 October 2018, the High Court confirmed in the Lloyds case that pension schemes are under an obligation to equalise Guaranteed Minimum Pensions (GMPs) for men and women. We consider the impact the judgment is likely to have on public sector pension schemes and what will happen next.
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WBD advises owners of Healey Hall estate on partnership with Cripps Healey Limited

13 Nov 2018
A team from Womble Bond Dickinson's (WBD) Newcastle and Leeds offices has advised the Warde-Aldam family, owners of the Healey Hall estate, on the terms of a new partnership with Cripps Healey Limited (Cripps), which operates the Healey Barn wedding venue. The partnership will result in the provision of accommodation for guests of the Healey Barn venue in Healey Hall and adjacent cottages.
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Beauty contests and human rights?

12 Nov 2018
The new Electronic Communications Code which came into force on 28 December 2017 has created uncertainty in the market. Whilst the publication of a recent book on the subject by various barristers of Falcon Chambers provides some welcome guidance for operators and landowners alike, what is really wanted, however, are a series of decisions from the Upper Tribunal (which now decides telecoms disputes) as to how the contentious parts of the Code are to be interpreted.
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Brexit and… database rights

12 Nov 2018
Following publication of the 'agreed' text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement (the "Draft Text") between the United Kingdom ("UK") and the remainder of the European Union ("EU") on 19 March 2018, our intellectual property ("IP") team has produced a suite of briefings on key aspects of the likely implications of Brexit for IP rights and systems across the EU, to inform our clients what changes they will need to consider making to their existing IP strategies and protocols to continue dealing in post-Brexit UK and Europe. The topic of this note is how Brexit will impact database rights.