This June the Crown Prosecution Service issued guidance on the prosecution of cases arising from social media, as criminal prosecutions resulting from such activity continue to rise. This week the Attorney General outlined new measures to tackle the issue of contempt of court, as Shoosmiths reports.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 05 December 2013 | Practice Area: Practice and Procedure
The UK's Living Wage recently increased by 20p to £7.65 an hour outside of London and by 25p to £8.80 per hour in London. This equates to a pay rise of over £450 for Londoners working full-time. Shoosmiths looks at how this will affect Living Wage employers and companies which contract with them.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 04 December 2013 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement
The High Court has granted an injunction to keep an employee on garden leave for the whole of his 12-month notice period, a decision which demonstrates that garden leave clauses can be a very helpful tool for an employer dealing with an employee who wants to join a competitor, as Shoosmiths reports.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 03 December 2013 | Practice Area: Termination of Contract
The Inland Revenue has announced measures to crack down on what it perceives as the use of partnerships for tax avoidance purposes. This Shoosmiths briefing - the first of a two-part article - looks at the new measures, which are likely to mean partnerships will have to review their arrangements.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 02 December 2013 | Practice Area: Enforcement and Regulation
The recent decision of Tchenguiz and another v Serious Fraud Office and others  EWHC 2297 has demonstrated the high threshold imposed by UK courts when applying the dominant purpose test to establish whether a document attracts litigation privilege, as Shoosmiths reports.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 November 2013 | Practice Area: Litigation
Following an employment tribunal's recent decision that TV horse racing pundit John McCririck did not suffer age discrimination when he was replaced by Channel 4, what steps can employers take to guard against similar claims? Shoosmiths looks at the details of the case and the lessons for employers.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 26 November 2013 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment
Employee health can be a significant source of risk for any business, and it is increasingly the case that decisions about ill or absent employees cannot be taken fairly and without legal risk without first seeking occupational health advice from a medical professional, as Shoosmiths explains.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 19 November 2013 | Practice Area: Health and Safety
In UPMS v Fort Gilkicker, the High Court had to decide whether common law recognises the concept of double derivative actions and if so, whether they survived the coming into force of the Companies Act 2006. In this briefing, Shoosmiths takes a closer look at the details of the case.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 15 November 2013 | Practice Area: Directors
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has given the Secretary of State leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal over the decision in USDAW v Ethel Austin - the Woolworths case - which sent shockwaves through the legal profession. This leaves collective consultation in a state of flux, as Shoosmiths reports.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 11 November 2013 | Practice Area: Collective Consultation
Finding an electronic equivalent to the traditional written signature is necessary for the continued development of e-commerce. However, it is difficult to find a nationally accepted fraud-proof process. In this article, Shoosmiths looks at the use of electronic signatures in corporate transactions.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 05 November 2013 | Practice Area: E-Commerce
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