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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. 

Goldwyn's lie: no contract? All is not lost

20 Sep 2018
Despite best intentions, parties sometimes end up in a commercial relationship without any written contract, due perhaps to an administrative error or 
the need to commence the job as quickly as possible, leaving the completion of a written contract, seen as a formality, for a later date. 

Brexit and… geographical indications

17 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 geographical indications. 

Brexit and the Port of Rotterdam

14 Sep 2018
While UK press coverage continues to focus on the Chequers paper, potential leadership challenges and increasingly gloomy "no deal" assessments, the Port of Rotterdam has issued an urgent warning to businesses about the need to prepare for the "imminent reality" of Brexit. With fewer than 200 days to go until Brexit Day, the Netherlands' Ministry of Economic Affairs estimates that only 18% of Dutch companies have begun to prepare for Brexit. Consequently, on 11 September the Port of Rotterdam Authority joined with the Dutch Food Authority (NVWA) and Stena Line to organise a press visit to the port to help engage and mobilise the remaining 82% of Dutch companies to address the practical impacts of Brexit. 

Clarity at last for the final salary link?

12 Sep 2018
Is a closed defined benefit (DB) scheme with a final salary link "open" or "frozen" for section 75 debt purposes? The recent decision in G4S plc v G4S Trustees and another [2018] EWHC 1749 (Ch) brings greater clarity for sponsoring employers and trustees of closed DB schemes as to the circumstances in which a section 75 debt could become due. 

A sigh of relief: Court of Appeal restores order in significant privilege decision

11 Sep 2018
The Court of Appeal has handed down its eagerly awaited decision in The Director of the SFO v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited . The case considers legal privilege in the context of an investigation concerning alleged criminal offences. It therefore has important implications for organisations investigating potential wrongdoing ranging from health, safety and environmental offences through to matters concerning product safety and, as in this particular case, allegations relating to fraud, bribery and corruption.