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Woolworths and Ethel Austin Collective Redundancies

The ECJ has now handed down its judgment in the case of USDAW and another v WW Realisation 1 Ltd (in liquidation), Ethel Austin Ltd and another. In this case former employees of the high street stores Woolworths and Ethel Austin have tensely awaited the ECJ decision on what amounts to an ‘establishment’ under the... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of the Family team: Don’t neglect your emotional needs when facing relationship difficulties or a breakdown.

It is very important to be emotionally ready when making important decisions regarding a relationship breakdown. I have found that during my 16 years of working as a family lawyer, clients feel compelled or pressured to make major life decisions at a time when they are likely to be feeling emotionally vulnerable. I recognise that... Read the rest of this entry →

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Sonio Singh – partner at Davis Blank Furniss – on: ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT INCENTIVES (EMI) – REWARDING EMPLOYEES AND TAX BENEFITS.

Whilst the M&A market continues to gain momentum as confidence returns to the economy,  EMI share option schemes still remain very popular in incentivising key employees/executives.  EMI schemes are excellent tools for SMEs in a wide range of sectors given the tax efficiency and flexibility available to an employer in choosing how they operate.  A... Read the rest of this entry →

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Rosemary Reynolds – trainee solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses… Property Management: General Terms of Purchase and why you need them.

Many people assume that a standard set of terms and conditions are only used in the sale of goods/ provision of services but they can be an effective and versatile way for a property manager to set out their expectations for everyone they employ or contract with at any of their sites. Terms for a... Read the rest of this entry →

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Property Newsletter – May 2015

Welcome to the latest departmental newsletter from Davis Blank Furniss. Our focus this time is on our Property department. DeBrieF OPINION Jennifer Smith – solicitor in our Property department – discusses things to consider before purchasing a buy to let property. Manchester has long been championed as being in the top ten locations in the... Read the rest of this entry →

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Charlotte Fielding Talks ‘Passing Off’ with the SME Club

Some say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but, in business, imitation by a competitor can lead to lost profits. Another company may copy your name, logo, branding or website (your “Mark”) with a view to confusing your customers into contacting them rather than you. In some cases, the imitation is so blatant that... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kate Oldfield Chats Fashion & Dressing Down with Solicitors Journal

Kate Oldfield – our managing partner – is often called upon to comment on issues surrounding the firm and her specialist areas of Medical Negligence and Personal Injury. However, her latest interview is more of the sartorial kind as she spoke to the Dressed Down Friday column in Solicitors Journal about embracing style over fashion... Read the rest of this entry →

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Employment Law Newsletter – April 2015

Welcome to our April 2015 Employment Law Newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of recent case law developments over the last month. It was an unusually quiet month in terms of case law, although the long awaited case of Locke -v- British Gas took a step further... Read the rest of this entry →

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Shared Parental Leave – Babies due on or after 5th April 2015

Do you have a policy in place? Have you decided what value of pay you will apply? Have you decided whether you can only accommodate a continuous block of leave or disbursed block of leave? If the answer is ‘No’ to any of the above and you require some guidance on a Shared Parental Leave... Read the rest of this entry →

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Revised ACAS Code of Practice

The change to the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinaries reflects the EAT Judgment in Toal -v- GB Oils and came into effect from 11th March 2015. The revision confirms that employers must agree to a worker’s request to be accompanied to a disciplinary or grievance meeting by their chosen companion, whether it’s a colleague... Read the rest of this entry →

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