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Dealing with redundancies - top 10 tips for retailers

25 Sep 2018
Since the beginning of this year, thousands of jobs in UK retail have been lost or put at risk. A number of household names have gone into administration, with many retailers agreeing CVAs, all of which threaten jobs in the sector. Add into the mix the uncertainty surrounding Brexit - which is affecting consumer confidence and therefore spending - plus the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which could see robots replacing humans in the workplace, together with rises in wages, rates and energy costs, and we have a perfect storm for retail jobs.
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Brexit and… trade marks

24 Sep 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 the protection of trade marks. 
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Manufacturing is paramount to UK growth

21 Sep 2018
At Womble Bond Dickinson we know that manufacturing businesses are incredibly important to the UK economy and society as a whole, acting as large employers and accounting for 45% of all UK exports. We are delighted to have collaborated with EEF on this compelling study, which confirms that the UK public backs manufacturing too.
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When does giving notice to leave a job amount to a resignation?

20 Sep 2018
We consider the recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy UKEAT/0232/17, where the EAT decided whether a letter from the employee providing one month's notice should automatically be interpreted as a letter of resignation.