Related insights: Chemicals


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. 

Bond Dickinson advises on Chemoxy International acquisition

04 Jul 2017
Bond Dickinson's corporate team in Leeds advised the shareholders on the successful sale of a majority stake in North-East chemicals manufacturer Chemoxy International Ltd. Chemoxy has now been acquired by a French based trade buyer, Novacap SAS, as it seeks to expand its Performance Chemicals division and geographical presence.

Too big to pay: compensation for inventive employees

24 May 2017
The Court of Appeal has considered the right of employee-inventors to apply for compensation from their employer where they have produced a valuable invention in the course of their employment. In Ian Alexander Shanks v Unilever plc, Unilever NV and Unilever UK Central Resources Limited [2017] EWCA Civ 2, the Court provided guidance on what considerations are relevant when assessing whether or not a patent for an invention has conferred an outstanding benefit on the employer – the factor under the Patents Act 1977 for determining if an employee-inventor is entitled to an award.

Pensions Green Paper: a conversation about DB schemes

24 Feb 2017
The Government has published a Green Paper on the key challenges facing defined benefit (DB) pension schemes.

Increasing pension fund deficits in recent years together with several high profile cases during 2016 have led commentators and the Work and Pensions Select Committee to question whether there is a fundamental problem with the funding and regulation of DB schemes.


The IChemE Silver Book Professional Services Contract

21 Feb 2017
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) launched its “Silver Book” at Keating Chambers on Thursday 9th February 2017. This is the first completely new edition to the IChemE suite since 2003. The Silver Book is a “Professional Services” for contract engineering, project management, contract management and other professional services. It fills a key gap in the IChemE’s current range. The availability of a standard form consultants’ appointment contract to sit alongside the Red, Green and Burgundy books is very welcome.

Going up in smoke - invalidity for added matter

25 Oct 2016
Recently in Nicocigs Limited v Fontem Holdings 1 BV 2016 EWHC 2161 (2 September 2016), Fontem’s patent in the UK for an aerosol electronic cigarette EP (UK) No. 2022 349 B1 (the “Patent”) did not survive an attack brought against it launched by Nicocigs upon several grounds. As such, the judgment by the High Court provides a useful reminder of the rules in revocation actions relating to priority, added matter, novelty, inventive step and amendment.