Trademarks in Chocolate Cake

There’s confidence to say that most people have had a chocolate caterpillar birthday cake at least once in their lives. And if not for them personally, their children, relatives or friends have. This week, Marks & Spencer commenced legal proceedings in the High Court against Aldi arguing that the latter’s “Cuthbert the Caterpillar” infringes M&S’s…

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IR35 and Off Payroll Working: What’s Next?

Preparation and changes from 6 April 2021 From 6 April 2021 the Government has made changes to the IR35 tax regime, designed to prevent tax-avoidance of contractors by the use of an intermediary company (usually a personal service company, or “PSC”). In simple terms, the regime makes sure that workers who would have been an…

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Employment Law changes for April 2021

April is a busy month for employment law changes and updates.  We have set out below the main changes that employers ought to be familiar with ahead of 1 April. Changes to National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage The National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage rates will increase on 1 April 2021…

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Spring 2021 Budget – Key announcements for employers

On Wednesday 3rd March 2021, Rishi Sunak announced his eagerly awaited Budget.  Generally, the Budget has continued the Government’s message that it is aiming to protect the “jobs and livelihoods” of the British people.  The Budget was presented as a long term response to the issues presented by Covid-19 and the Chancellor warned that the…

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Divorce and Privacy

Love, Honour and Obey…but do not look at my bank statements! The question of whether a person has the right to open their partners post if they suspect them of having an affair may, at first glance, appear to deal with issues of morality and privacy, but sometimes it becomes a question of legality. Couples…

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Moratorium Debts and Rent Arrears – February 2021

Moratorium Debts and Rent Arrears The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 is coming into force on 4 May 2021. It sets out that a person who is in debt can request a debt moratorium from an approved debt advice provider, essentially given them breathing…

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Fact Sheet – Right to work issues after Brexit

General Position on the right to work in the UK for EU Citizens after 31 December 2020 1. EEA and Swiss citizens residing in the UK by 31 December 2020 can apply for immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme.  This means that: a. Those individuals who have resided in the UK lawfully for five…

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October 2020 Edition

Welcome to the October edition of Network. In this edition we look at dealing with the long term implications of COVID-19 in the workplace including the benefit of having a specific COVID policy, the issues arising from employees working from home, the Job Retention Bonus Scheme and an interesting case relating to gender identity. At…

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