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PPF levy: final rules for 2015-16 published

The Pension Protection Fund has published its levy determination for 2015-16. Major changes include new insolvency scoring for employers, differences in how asset-backed contributions are recognised and technical changes to the certification of contingent assets, as Nabarro reports.

Law Firm: Nabarro | Published: 28 January 2015 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

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Think twice before withdrawing a Part 36 offer

A recent High Court decision illustrates the drawbacks of withdrawing a Part 36 offer to settle, namely the potential loss of some or all of the costs benefits that would otherwise have arisen if the opponent fails to beat the offer.

Law Firm: Herbert Smith Freehills | Published: 28 January 2015 | Practice Area: Practice and Procedure

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Preparing for the 2015 AGM and reporting season - key points for listed companies

As the 2015 AGM and reporting season gets underway, this DLA Piper briefing looks at the key changes affecting listed companies, covering subjects such as directors' remuneration, corporate governance and the new regulations making regular audit tenders mandatory for FTSE 350 companies.

Law Firm: DLA Piper | Published: 27 January 2015 | Practice Area: Financial Reporting

Contracts with consumers – where can a business sue and be sued?

Where a business has directed its activities to an EU member state in which a consumer is domiciled, it can generally only sue the consumer in that member state, and the consumer can choose to sue the business in that member state. That now applies regardless of whether the business is EU domiciled.

Law Firm: Herbert Smith Freehills | Published: 26 January 2015 | Practice Area: Litigation

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A cautionary tale about the precision required when drafting a notice of adjudication

The doctrine of approbation and reprobation is based on the notion that a party cannot have it both ways if those ways are incompatible with each other. The principle was illustrated in a recent case which serves as a cautionary tale about the precision required in drafting a notice of adjudication.

Law Firm: Nabarro | Published: 23 January 2015 | Practice Area: Litigation

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LinkedIn leaves SMEs vulnerable to losing clients to departing employees

Trying to prevent departing employees from poaching clients and taking contact databases has always been a big issue for SMEs, but the increasing importance of LinkedIn in the business community is throwing up new challenges. This article looks at the issues to consider when an employee moves on.

Law Firm: Excello Law | Published: 22 January 2015 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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Fit for Work factsheet: what you need to know

Fit for Work is a new service which aims to help employees stay in work when they are ill and to return to work more quickly when they have been off sick for four weeks or more. This Bond Dickinson factsheet looks at how the new service will work and what action you need to take now.

Law Firm: Bond Dickinson | Published: 22 January 2015 | Practice Area: Health and Safety

Courts to charge issue fees of 5% of claim value

The Government announced on Friday (16 January) that it will go ahead with its proposal to introduce percentage issue fees for money claims over £10,000, calculated as 5% of the value of the claim subject to a cap of £10,000, as Herbert Smith Freehills reports.

Law Firm: Herbert Smith Freehills | Published: 22 January 2015 | Practice Area: Practice and Procedure

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Share buybacks, schemes of arrangement and the ISDX growth market: M&A update

This Macfarlanes briefing rounds up key developments of interest for M&A lawyers, including amendments to provisions in the Companies Act which govern the authorisation and financing of private company share buybacks, and draft regulations prohibiting the use of cancellations schemes on a takeover.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 22 January 2015 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Vehicle leasing wars over 'e' - the first High Court trade mark judgment of the year

In the first High Court trade mark judgment of the year, Mr Justice Arnold has handed down his decision in Enterprise Holdings v Europcar Group UK. This decision serves as a reminder to direct competitors to ensure that their branding is sufficiently distinct from each other to avoid confusion.

Law Firm: Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co | Published: 22 January 2015 | Practice Area: Trademarks

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