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Oct
17
Can an individual be held personally liable for a firm's contractual losses?
In the recent case of Palmer Birch (A Partnership) v (1) Michael Lloyd and (2) Christopher Lloyd [2018] EWHC, the High Court considered the application of the “corporate veil”, justification” and “no loss” defences against allegations of (1) Inducing breach of contract, (2) Unlawful interference and (3) Unlawful means conspiracy in the context of a construction contract dispute.
Oct
16
Three things every leisure and hospitality company should know about commercial leasing
As lawyers, our role in commercial leases historically begins once Heads of Terms have been agreed. However, more recently we’ve tried to persuade our clients, particularly those in the leisure and hospitality sector, to utilise our expertise to their advantage, prior to formal agreement of Heads of Terms.
Oct
16
New proposals for ethnicity pay reporting – the race to close the gap
Last week the government launched a consultation to determine whether obligatory pay gap reporting could help address the pay disparity that minorities face in the workplace. This is the government’s next step in its agenda to tackle racial inequality, following the introduction of the Race Disparity Audit last year and the initiation of the Race At Work Charter.
Oct
15
When is a promise to give an interest in property binding?
It is not unusual within the context of families for promises to be made by one family member to another as regards ownership of property but in circumstances where there is no formal recognition of the promise included by the member making the promise in their will. This often results in contentious disputes between the remaining family members as to what should happen to the property.  This was the question which had to be considered by the Court in the recent case of Thompson v Thompson [2018] EWHC 1338 (Ch).
Oct
11
Boyes Turner act for US client Culligan on share acquisition of Monarch Water Limited
Boyes Turner’s Corporate Group have once again acted for longstanding US client, Culligan, the world leading water treatment products company, this time on its share acquisition of UK-based, Monarch Water Limited, for an undisclosed sum.
Oct
03
What a "No Deal" Brexit means for Trade Marks
The Government has published guidelines on the manner in which trade mark protection will be dealt with if the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 with “No Deal”.
Oct
02
The Copyright Directive 
Last month the European Parliament voted decisively in favour of the draft Copyright Directive (“Directive”), aspects of which seem set to disrupt the status quo of online publishing and the digital sector. While the Directive faces its final vote in the spring of 2019, it seems likely – given the significant majority vote supporting the current draft – that the final text will substantively be very similar to the draft. 
Oct
02
The future of work - making work, work for all
Thank you to all who joined us at our Future of Work Conference on 27 September 2018 in London. The Conference marked the launch on our latest Technology Sector Report: Building Agile Businesses in a Changing World.
Oct
01
What does Brexit mean for the Tech industry?
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills estimates that 1.2 million new technical and digitally skilled people will be required by 2022 to fill roles in the UK industry. With the Government announcing that there will be no preferential access to EEA workers post Brexit, and with insufficient supply from the domestic labour market, how will the Tech industry plug the talent gap?
Oct
01
The robots aren’t coming: Permanent employees are the most “flexible friend” of growing businesses, not the gig economy or artificial intelligence, according to new report
Growing businesses are still far more focused on recruitment of permanent resources than they are on either short-term or gig economy type recruitment or on turning to artificial intelligence (AI) or other software resources, according to a new report on business agility from Thames Valley-based specialist technology law firm Boyes Turner.

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