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  • 29 April 2015

    Company names: Do you know who you are contracting with?

    Identifying the party you are contracting with is crucial when entering into any contract. You will need to have identified the contracting party when risk assessing the relationship, particularly if you are considering extending credit to that party. Further, if that party fails to deliver under a contract you need to know who you can take enforcement action against. Read more

  • 29 April 2015

    Steeles Law to co-host Tech Industry Breakfasts with ip21

    The commercial team at Steeles is looking forward to co-hosting two Tech Industry Breakfasts, together with specialist intellectual property company ip21. Read more

  • 29 April 2015

    New rights to use copyright works

    Copyright protects original literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and other works such as software. Copyright comes into existence on the creation of a work with no requirement for registration or other process by the author. Read more

  • 29 April 2015

    Corporate update – Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act (“Act”)

    The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill received royal assent on 26 March 2015. Read more

  • 29 April 2015

    Restrictive Covenants and Top Gear – 12 months to reboot before Clarkson can compete?

    In the aftermath of "that" fracas, speculation has been rife as to what Jezza, Captain Slow and the Hamster's next televisual steps will be. Whilst the trio have been widely linked to a new motoring show on Netflix, turning the ignition key on any new Clarkson vehicle may have to wait until 2016 at the earliest if the reported 12-month non-compete clauses are observed or upheld. Read more

  • 29 April 2015

    Look before you leap: Preparing your company for market

    Getting a business to market is not only a matter of finding the right buyer at the right time, but also of getting the right price. Read more

  • 28 April 2015

    Zero hours contracts: Further Government proposals

    Zero hours contracts have recently become a big political issue, regularly making the headlines, with a focus on abuse by employers. Speaking on Sky News this month, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith MP has suggested renaming zero hours contracts as "flexible hours contracts", claiming that they help employees to maintain a good work-life balance.  Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP accused Mr Duncan Smith of "trying to dress up insecurity as flexibility". Read more

  • 28 April 2015

    April 2015 changes to employment law

    The following changes to employment law came into effect this month: Read more

  • 28 April 2015

    Zero hours worker: Significant award for injury to feelings

    Under section 26(1) of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010), harassment is defined as unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic that has the purpose or effect of violating a person's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that person. Gender is one of the protected characteristics. An employer has a statutory defence to discrimination where it can show that it took all reasonable steps to prevent the individual who discriminated from doing that thing, or from doing anything of that description. Read more

  • 28 April 2015

    Whistleblowing: EAT says “reasonable belief in public interest” is low threshold.

    In order to be protected against detrimental treatment or dismissal by the UK whistleblowing legislation, a worker must have made a "protected disclosure". This is a disclosure which shows that one or more of six specified types of wrongdoing (such as a failure to comply with a legal obligation, a criminal offence or a miscarriage of justice) has taken place, is taking place, or is likely to take place. Read more