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Construction and the face covering conundrum

16 Jul 2021
There is a lot of discussion about masks at the moment as, from 19 July, we will not be legally required to wear these in England. The Government is leaving the decision on whether or not to wear masks down to businesses and individuals. But how do construction businesses make this decision? If you tell your workers "no masks at all", some (especially the vulnerable) may be anxious and refuse to work - but equally, can you really tell your workers "you must wear one" if the legal requirement to do so is lifted? How do you balance safety against risk? 

We’re still confused by freeports, say bosses

13 Jul 2021
Most firms still do not have a full understanding of how freeports will operate and be governed, a survey suggests (Louisa Clarence-Smith writes). A report which includes responses from the British Ports Association, Brittany Ferries and Lloyds Bank found that 64 per cent of about 500 businesses questioned were unclear about how the eight freeports in England announced by Rishi Sunak in March would work.

Right to work checks - are you ready for 1 July 2021?

17 Jun 2021
After the UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020, freedom of movement between the UK and EU continued until 31 December 2020 (known as the transition period). This meant that EU citizens (which includes EU, EEA and Swiss nationals) residing in the UK by 11pm on 31 December 2020 were able to apply for either settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme ("EUSS") and have until 30 June 2021 to make their applications.

G7 climate commitments

17 Jun 2021
Leaders of the G7 nations descended on Cornwall over 11-13 June to discuss a uniform approach to meeting the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to "build back better". While responses to the pandemic were clearly high on the agenda, the G7 summit presented a pivotal opportunity to further develop a multilateral consensus on mobilising a green revolution which would protect the planet for future generations.

Offshore wind targets: what might stop us hitting them?

07 Jun 2021
If everything goes smoothly, then the UK’s offshore wind industry should be well on track to hit the Government’s target of 40 Gigawatts (GW) of generation capacity by 2030 – but this is not an industry that’s accustomed to everything going smoothly. Chris Towner, Partner and renewable energy specialist at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, looks at what needs to be done to ensure targets are hit.

Colin v Cuthbert - PR as a tool in legal battles

27 Apr 2021
"Colin the Caterpillar" was officially trade marked in 2008. A little over 10 years later, Aldi started selling Cuthbert the Caterpillar. Marks & Spencer has this month filed a claim against Aldi claiming Aldi's Cuthbert has violated its intellectual property in Colin. Notably, Marks & Spencer has not yet brought claims against the other retailers who also sell caterpillar cakes. Aldi will be asked to remove Cuthbert from its shelves and to refrain from selling similar products in the future. In response, Aldi has announced that it intends to sell a limited edition version with profits going to charity and has asked if "Colin and Cuthbert [can] be besties".