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Advocate General decision causes weighty issues for employers - obesity may be a disability

In the case of Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund, the Advocate General has given his opinion that obesity is not a protected characteristic under the EU Equal Treatment Framework Directive, but that it can fall within the definition of a disability if it affects participation in professional life.

Law Firm: Bond Dickinson | Published: 23 July 2014 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment

What an independent Scotland could mean for your business

24 March 2016 is the proposed date for independence from the parliamentary union of 1707 if Scotland votes 'yes' in the referendum in two months' time. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the potential consequences for UK businesses if Scotland decides to become an independent country.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 July 2014 | Practice Area: Cross-border: Commercial and International Trade

A guide to UAE employment law

The Latham guide summarises employment issues arising in the United Arab Emirates, focusing on the UAE Federal Law No. 8 of 1980. It also describes the employment law that applies in the Dubai International Finance Centre in Dubai. Subjects covered include immigration, employment contracts and tax.

Law Firm: Latham & Watkins | Published: 23 July 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

What's happening in pensions - July 2014

This Travers Smith briefing rounds up recent developments in pensions, including the implications of the Finance Bill, which received Royal Assent on 17 July, the latest on DC decumulation flexibilities, and the key points in the Pensions Regulator's revised code of practice on DB scheme funding.

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 23 July 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

Proposed changes to the Takeover Code - a look at the details

This weekly update from Macfarlanes rounds up key developments of interest for M&A lawyers and assesses their impact. This briefing looks at the proposals in the Takeover Panel's first consultation paper this year, which addresses some of the issues around Pfizer’s hostile bid for AstraZeneca.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 22 July 2014 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

A global perspective on key restructuring trends

This DLA newsletter brings together global news, views and analysis for those working in restructuring, including developments in the UK, US, Australia and the Netherlands. Subjects covered include commercial rent arrears recovery, US corporate restructuring and insolvency in fashion retail sector.

Law Firm: DLA Piper | Published: 22 July 2014 | Practice Area: Corporate reorganisation

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LLP members - enhanced protection following Supreme Court 'worker' status decision

Limited liability partnership (LLP) clients will be aware of the Supreme Court’s decision in the well-publicised case of Clyde & Co v Bates van Winkelhof, which focused on the whistleblowing provisions of the Employment Rights Act. Macfarlanes looks at the implications of the judgment for LLPs.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 21 July 2014 | Practice Area: Partnerships and LLPs

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Anti-money laundering: jurisdictions where due diligence may no longer be so simplified

This FCA has published a list of jurisdictions it considers to pose a higher risk in the context of issues such as money laundering, financial sanctions, terrorist financing, bribery and corruption, a list which acts as an important guide when assessing risks posed by client relationships.

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 18 July 2014 | Practice Area: Anti Money Laundering

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Key cases in English legal history - Warner Bros Studios v Nelson

Over the years there have been key cases in English legal history which have shaped and defined modern law as we know it. This article looks at the 1937 case of Warner Bros Studios v Nelson, which involved Hollywood star Bette Davis and which helped to define English law on restrictive covenants.

Law Firm: Excello Law | Published: 17 July 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

Has clarity on relief from sanctions now been achieved?

On 4 July, a much awaited decision was handed down by the Court of Appeal giving guidance on the application of Rule 3.9 and the Mitchell guidelines in respect of applications for relief from sanctions - a ruling of importance to all practitioners engaged in litigation, as Bond Dickinson reports.

Law Firm: Bond Dickinson | Published: 17 July 2014 | Practice Area: Litigation

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