Public procurement rules are changing across Europe, and the UK government has just published a first draft of the new regulations that it proposes will implement the changes. A consultation process is underway - in this briefing, Shoosmiths lists some key points to note in the proposed regulations.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 21 October 2014 | Practice Area: Public Procurement
The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently found that an employee was not automatically unfairly dismissed when he took time off to care for his pregnant partner. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the reasons for the decision, and sets out the learning points for employers.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 14 October 2014 | Practice Area: Tribunals
The landscape of UK consumer rights law is undergoing its largest reform since 1979, and this month sees the implementation of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading (Amendment) Regulations. Shoosmiths looks at the aims of the new legislation and sets out the pitfalls for lawyers to watch out.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 07 October 2014 | Practice Area: Consumer Protection
Section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, which is yet to be enacted, sets out parliament's intention to give magistrates courts unlimited sentencing powers rather than being restricted to the current limit of £5,000. Shoosmiths looks at what this means for businesses...view abstract
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 26 September 2014 | Practice Area: Remedies and Enforcement
The first day of October 2014 is a day of change for employers because it is one of the government's two annual 'common commencement dates'. In this briefing, Shoosmiths takes a look at the key changes in employment law introduced from this October.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 24 September 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement
An employee or witness who is fearful of giving evidence as part of a disciplinary process can cause difficulties for an employer. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the issues you should consider when dealing with such an individual and offers some practical steps to consider.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 15 September 2014 | Practice Area: Tribunals
A recent survey by webexpenses has revealed that as many as one in four employees has made a false expenses claim from their employer. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at how employers can manage their expenses procedures to limit such abuse from taking place.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 12 September 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement
After an investigation sparked by complaints from rival espresso coffee capsule manufacturers, the French Competition Authority has accepted commitments from Nespresso designed to open up the French market. The case is likely to have an impact on the wider European market, including the UK.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 10 September 2014 | Practice Area: Competition Regulators and enforcement
An orphan work is a work where, after a diligent search, one or more of the rights holders cannot be identified or located. The regulations relating to the licensing and use of orphan works will come into force in October this year. In this briefing, Shoosmiths takes a look at the new laws.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 09 September 2014 | Practice Area: Copyright
The decision whether or not to suspend following discovery of an employee's suspected misconduct can impact on the subsequent disciplinary process. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at when suspension might be appropriate and how employers should communicate their decision.
Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 08 September 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights
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