Lawyer-written opinions and insights on the latest in the legal sector, along with what else is happening in the world and how these topics may impact your business.


Industry 4.0 - take one step at a time

09 May 2019
Dwelling on my recent article about the widespread opportunities for manufacturing companies to embrace digitalisation and related conversations I have had with clients and contacts who are potential users of the many technology solutions that can help enhance the productivity of their businesses

Sleep-in case to be heard by Supreme Court

21 Feb 2019
Unison have announced that the Supreme Court has granted them permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal's decision in the combined cases of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake v and Shannon v Rampersad and another (T/A Clifton House Residential Home).

Brexit: cliff-edge or cliff-hanger?

15 Feb 2019
The government's House of Commons defeat on 14 February may have sharpened divisions within the main political parties, but it changed nothing of substance. The legal position is governed by the terms of the EU (Withdrawal) Acts 2017 and 2018. The 2017 Act authorised the UK government to trigger the two year Article 50 notice period, which expires on 29 March 2019. The 2018 Act includes amendments conceded by the government to avert a Parliamentary defeat, and which locked in 11.00pm on 29 March 2019 as the "Exit day". Unless primary legislation is enacted to alter that position, the UK will cease to be a member state of the EU on that date, whether or not there is a "deal".

Reflections on NMHC 2019 (San Diego) – It's good to share

08 Feb 2019
Womble Bond Dickinson partners Pam Rothenberg (US), Chris Iavarone (US), Nigel Emmerson (UK) and Tom Willows (UK) attended January's National Multifamily Housing Council's annual meeting in San Diego and here they reflect on a fascinating few days of discussions and making new connections.

Manufacturers - supporting your property planning

30 Jan 2019
With the shadow of Brexit firmly upon us and the implications of a deal/no deal on the overarching costs of manufacturing in the United Kingdom, a number of our clients are having to take a long hard long at their futures in the United Kingdom. Necessarily if you are manufacturing in the United Kingdom, you will have property here. It is not therefore as simple as simply making a decision to open or close a site in isolation. The overarching costs and consequences of opening or closing a site need to be factored into that decision-making process.

An online restriction too far

28 Jan 2019
The EU Commission has published its decision fining clothing brand, Guess, €40m.  Guess admitted its wrongdoing and was rewarded with a 50% discount off the fine.

Demystifying Brexit - revealing the true value of knowledge lawyers

21 Dec 2018
For many businesses, the Brexit process appears a seething mass of confusion and conflict, laying bare the tribal rivalries in the UK's political system and society at large. Noise and soundbites abound – opinion and counter opinion feeding dangerous rumour mills, as corporates struggle to make sense of the constant and rapid pace of developments.