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National minimum wage increases in England for October 2013

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Article Date: 02-09-2013
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The government has announced the national minimum wage rates which will take effect on 1 October 2013. It accepted most of the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) with one exception; the LPC had recommended freezing the apprenticeship rate at £2.65 an hour, but the government has ... [Read All]

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 receives Royal Assent

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Article Date: 30-07-2013
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The Enterprise  and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 has received Royal Assent. Upcoming changes to employment law shall include: 1. A  reduction to the maximum cap on unfair dismissal awards (£74,200 or 52 weeks gross pay) 2. Fees payable to bring and continue Employment Tribunal claim... [Read All]

Enforceability of 12 month non-solicitation restrictive covenant (High Court)

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Article Date: 26-07-2013
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In Romero Insurance Brokers Ltd v T. and another [2013], the High Court  upheld a 12 month non-solicitation restrictive covenant in a senior insurance broker's contract, and awarded damages and an injunction to his former employer for the remaining period of the cov... [Read All]

Employment tribunal fees to be introduced in England on 29 July 2013

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Article Date: 17-07-2013
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A draft statutory instrument to implement the new fees regime was laid before Parliament in April 2013. HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has published a letter to stakeholders, confirming that the implementation date for fees in the Employment tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal will be... [Read All]

New small-claims service for IP claims

Article Date: 15-07-2012
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The government has announced that it will be introducing a small-claims track for Intellectual Property cases in the Patents County Court. The Hargreaves Review recommended that this measure be taken, reporting that some 17% of small and medium sized enterprises had given up attempting to enforce ... [Read All]

Plenty more fish, but no customers

Article Date: 01-05-2012
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Plenty More LLP began an online dating service in 2006. In 2007 they applied for a figurative trade mark incorporating the words ‘Plenty More Fish’. Canadian company Plentyoffish Media Inc opposed registration of the trade mark above, stating that they had acquired goodwill in the name.... [Read All]

Online publication: ECJ ruling on jurisdiction

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Q: What connects princess of pop Kylie Minogue with the German brothers found guilty of murdering a well-known actor in the 90s? A: The latest ECJ ruling on jurisdiction and choice of law in relation to the publication of harmful information on the internet. The joint cases both related to harmful... [Read All]

Cadbury - the Purple One

Article Date: 04-07-2012
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Do you think you could recognise a Cadbury chocolate bar from the colour of the packaging alone? 44% of people made the association with no further prompting, according to a study presented to the Intellectual Property Office. As a result of this familiarity, Cadbury has been allowed to lay claim t... [Read All]
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