Recent insights


Proposals to ban harmful gender stereotypes in advertising

24 May 2018
The body responsible for writing the UK's advertising rules, the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), has recently published a consultation on a proposed rule to prohibit the use of harmful gender stereotypes in marketing and advertisements (ads) together with draft guidance to help explain how the rule would apply in practice. The deadline for responses is 5pm on 26 July 2018. 

Employer faces the unknown consequences of disability

24 May 2018
In the case of City of York Council v Grosset, the Court of Appeal had to decide whether there was discrimination arising from disability where the employer dismissed an employee for gross misconduct, knowing about the Claimant's disability, but not believing that it had affected the Claimant's actions.

New competition partner for Womble Bond Dickinson

23 May 2018
Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has recruited competition partner Andrij Jurkiw from Mishcon de Reya where he was Head of Competition. Andrij specialises in UK & EU Competition Law and works across all sectors with particular experience of the FMCG, food, building materials, basic chemicals, recruitment, pharma, real estate, technology and transport sectors.

Dreamvar – now a recurring nightmare?

18 May 2018
A common place fraud occurs: an imposter sells a property that it does not own and disappears with the sale proceeds. The purchaser now has neither its money nor the property. But the solicitors and estate agents acting for the parties had no idea the seller was an imposter - are all or any of them liable to the purchaser? The High Court put the solicitors in the firing line in two cases from 2016. The Court of Appeal has just handed down judgment on appeals on those decisions and it is not good news for solicitors or their insurers.

Changes to how to make a change

17 May 2018
The Supreme Court (the UK's highest court) has made an important ruling on how contracts can be varied. This is highly relevant to the Manufacturing sector, where supply chain relationships often span many years and evolve over time without formal written variations being entered into.