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CVAs - does Mothercare know best?

07 Jun 2018
In May 2018, Mothercare and Carluccio's became the latest in an increasingly long line of high street names to propose Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) involving significant site closures and rent reductions. On 31 May, 91% of unsecured creditors approved the Carluccio's CVA, and the following day Mothercare's creditors followed suit (although that was not the case with all of its subsidiaries, as discussed below). Next in line according to recent reports are House of Fraser and then Homebase, following the latter's acquisition for £1 by retail restructuring specialists Hilco.
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Zero hour worker could compare himself to a full-time permanent employee

07 Jun 2018
In Roddis v Sheffield Hallam University (UKEAT/0299/17), the Employment Appeal Tribunal (the EAT) had to decide whether Mr Roddis, who was on a zero hours contract, could compare himself to a full-time colleague and bring a claim for less favourable treatment under the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000.
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Blockchain: Game changer or game over?

07 Jun 2018
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and one of the new technologies most likely to change the game is blockchain. Handled correctly, this technology could have a huge number of potential applications across many different sectors. But big questions persist: how can it be harnessed, how should it be regulated, and will its links to cryptocurrencies be its downfall?
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The ground beneath your feet

02 Jun 2018
Whilst it is probably true that the most useful thing you could find beneath your property is oil or gold, there are a number of other minerals which, though less obviously exciting, are much more commonly encountered and increasingly important. 
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The rise of IoT and big data in rail

31 May 2018
Our Transport Team attended 'The Rise of IoT & Big Data in Rail' conference in Munich on Tuesday (29 May 2018). It was a popular event attended en masse by rail industry leaders and innovators prompting enlightening discussions and idea sharing around how Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) can be (and is being) used to improve asset management, proactive and predictive maintenance of track and train, and the digitalisation of the railways across Europe.
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GDPR and FOI requests: keep calm and carry on!

25 May 2018
As the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) come into force today, there are a number of technical changes to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) to reflect the new legal regime.