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Brexit and IP: An Overview

The UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019.

Legal Professional Privilege & Internal Investigations following SFO v ENRC

On 8 May 2017, Mrs Justice Andrews DBE handed down judgment in the case of The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd. (SFO v ENRC).

Conservative manifesto - what's in store for workers?

In a manifesto somewhat light on detail in what Theresa May hailed as the "greatest extension of rights and protections for employees by any Conservative government", there are nevertheless a few points to note. Here we present some of the highlights:

Inside IP: KitKat - Court of Appeal sets high bar for acquired distinctiveness

Most people in the UK would recognise the KitKat shape.

What next for restrictions on internet sales?

The EU Commission unveils its report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry – more enforcement likely

Law Society Guidance for solicitors in SFO section 2 interviews

On 4 May, the Law Society published a practice note in response to the Serious Fraud Office's revised operational guidance on the presence of an interviewee’s legal adviser at a section 2 interview (section 2 Criminal Justice Act 1987).

The Work and Pensions Select Committee on the gig economy

On 1 May 2017 the Work and Pensions Select Committee published a report on self-employment practices, with a particular focus on the gig economy.

Upsurge in FCA investigations for insider dealing

Since Mark Steward was appointed as Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight for the FCA in October 2015 there has been a noticeable upturn in the number of investigations into insider dealing.

Inside IP: Navigating the new groundless threats regime

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 received Royal Assent yesterday, some four years since the Law Commission's initial report proposed reforms to the regime relating to groundless threats of IP infringement proceedings.

New Pre-charge Bail Limits

The new procedures that came into force on 3 April 2017 relating to police bail provide for a potential sea-change in the way individuals under criminal investigation will be dealt with.

Countdown to 2017: All non-dom tax changes put on hold

The Countdown to 2017 led us to 6 April 2017, the date the UK government proposed to introduce new legislation changing the way non-domiciled individuals are taxed once they have been long-term resident in the UK.

Role of European Arrest Warrants post-Brexit

The future of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) regime in the UK after Brexit has been on the minds of many criminal law practitioners, law enforcement agents and politicians since the UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016.

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The gender pay gap in sport: How we can help

The gender pay gap - the amount by which men are, on average, paid more than women (currently standing at around 18 per cent) - continues to feature in the news.

Consumer complaints in the gambling industry: the Gambling Commission expects more from operators, ADR providers and the Commission itself

Speaking at a Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group seminar on 29 March 2017, Sarah Harrison, CEO of the Gambling Commission, encouraged gambling operators to build businesses highly focused on consumers, aiming not just for consumer enjoyment but also consumer trust.

Inside IP: Patent Court sets FRAND royalty in Unwired Plant v Huawei dispute

In a ground-breaking decision in the telecoms licensing battle between Unwired Planet and Huawei, Birss J has set what he considers a FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) rate for a licence, having decided that the parties' respective offers and counter-offers were not FRAND.

Non-Dom Tax Changes - Last Chance to Act

It is exactly one week until 6 April and the start of the new tax regime for non-doms.

Brexit and Investment Migration to the UK

The UK continues to be an attractive destination for high-net-worth individuals.

SPCs: uncertainty continues with two more references to the CJEU

On 13 January 2017, Arnold J made two references to the European Court of Justice in relation to the Supplementary Protection Certificate Regulation

Businesses' payment practices back in the spotlight?

Large businesses would be well advised to review their payment practices ahead of new reporting rules due to come into effect on 6 April 2017.

Success for charities in the Supreme Court – Ilott v The Blue Cross & others

Yesterday the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the much discussed and long-running case of Ilott v Mitson (now Ilott v The Blue Cross & others) and unanimously allowed the appeal of the residuary charity beneficiaries of the estate of the late Melita Jackson.