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To sleep, perchance to dream – but not to be paid the national minimum wage

19 Jul 2018
In Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, the Court of Appeal has ruled that workers who work overnight sleep-in shifts in the care sector are not entitled to be paid the national minimum wage for the entirety of their sleep-in shifts. Rather, they are only entitled to be paid the national minimum wage for hours where they are required to be awake in order to perform a specific activity.

Fund marketing and distribution: ducking the issue?

17 Jul 2018
It's been a few years since the implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and the times when barely any regulatory update would not mention distribution of investment funds. Has the industry got to grips with the requirements? How have those who establish and market funds from the UK adapted to the rules? How are they dealing with the differing demands of the AIFMD and FSMA?

Electric vehicles: the direction of travel

16 Jul 2018
Three documents were published this week which all refer to electric vehicles (EV). Read together they start to provide us with the bigger picture for the development of the necessary infrastructure and the anticipated uptake of the new technology.

Goldman Sachs held liable for infringement by its investee company

12 Jul 2018
The EU General Court has today ruled that Goldman Sachs, which had a financial investment in the group of companies containing one of the parties found guilty in the power cable makers cartel, was correctly held liable, jointly and severally, for a fine of €37.3 million imposed on the cartelist Prysmian. There was no evidence that Goldman Sachs (or its investee vehicle) had instigated the cartel or been involved in it: but that is not something, the General Court said, the EU Commission is required to demonstrate in order to hold a parent company jointly and severally liable with the relevant subsidiary for payment of the fine. Once one member of the "undertaking" is found guilty, that gives rise to the collective responsibility of all the principals in the group structure for the breach of the competition rules. 

FCA proposes further consumer support and protection in the retirement income market

12 Jul 2018
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation on a package of measures designed to protect consumers, improve engagement and promote competition in the retirement income market. Alongside the consultation, the FCA has published the final report of its Retirement Outcomes Review, an investigation into how the pensions and retirement income sector has been working since the pension freedoms were introduced in 2015.

Don't spoil my view (or sense of isolation)

11 Jul 2018
The recent case of Lamble v Buttaci [2018] UKUT 175 (LC) concerned an application to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) by Mr Lamble for the modification of restrictive covenants that bound his land and prevented him from replacing his "modest bungalow" with a five-bedroom two storey dwelling, a garage and a summerhouse.

The Domino effect of no right to appeal

05 Jul 2018
In Afzal v East London Pizza Ltd trading as Dominos Pizza (UKEAT/0265/17), the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an employee should have been given the right to appeal when he was dismissed for failing to produce evidence of an application that extended his right to work.