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.

China supercharges online brand protection

08 Oct 2019
The impact is being felt of China's new e-commerce law, which places tighter restrictions on would-be counterfeiters. These reforms couple with initiatives such as the current "Net Sword Campaign", an online market crack-down by eight ministries in China, and President Xi's July endorsement of a comprehensive and coordinated approach to protecting intellectual property rights (IPR). Combined, this is good news for brand owners.

A brief note on Brexit court rulings

11 Sep 2019
On 17 September the UK Supreme Court will be required to choose between, or somehow reconcile, different decisions of the English High Court and the Scottish Court of Session on the lawfulness of Prime Minister Johnson's decision to prorogue Parliament.

Working around the pensions tax problem?

05 Sep 2019
Waiting lists for routine surgery are reported to have risen by up to 50% in England because consultants have begun refusing to work beyond their planned hours after receiving unexpected tax bills, following new pension rules in 2016.

If you make decisions on paying death in service benefits…

18 Jul 2019
You will probably have noticed a decision yesterday on mainstream news services about the unmarried partner of an RAF Air Commodore winning the right to a potential survivor's benefit - even though she was still married to her former husband at the time of her partner's death.

What will employment tribunals look like in the future?

27 May 2019
Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of the Tribunals, published his strategy for the modernisation of tribunals in November 2018. He has followed this up with an Innovation Plan for tribunal reform in 2019-20, which is due to be implemented by May next year.