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Footballer Rohan Ince cleared by jury

Steven Barker, supported by paralegal, Carly Aitchison and led by Brian O’Neill QC successfully defended footballer Rohan Ince on Wednesday, 15 February 2017.

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Courts hit high and hard with new health
and safety fines

One year after the introduction of tough new health and safety sentencing guidelines, a series of high profile cases show that courts are not holding back when it comes to imposing the higher fines, which can be directly linked to a corporate defendant’s turnover.

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Inheritance tax changes 2017
The devilish details

When Chancellor George Osborne announced significant changes to inheritance tax (IHT) in last summer’s Budget speech, the move had been much anticipated. But rather than simply raising the tax-free threshold for everyone, he announced a new allowance specifically for those who own their home and want to leave it to their children.

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Complex challenges for employers
in the year ahead

Constant changes and increasing complexity have helped make employment law a frontline challenge for business and this year looks set to continue the trend.

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Getting to work amidst travel chaos
and disruption

There are several reasons why employees may have trouble getting to work because of major disruptions. The common cause recently is the ASLEF and RMT strikes affecting Southern and Gatwick Express train services, with the next bout of strikes planned for 24, 25 and 27 January. On Monday, tube strikes also affected commuters having a massive impact on businesses in London. And with today’s weather both ice and snow are affecting the roads and public transport around the country. The question is what can employers do?

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Insight

Employment Law: The Basics

The basics of what employers need to know and what they should be mindful of.

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Brand protection and your business

If your brand is left unprotected, there is a serious risk to your business. We set out below how registering a trade mark can yield sizeable commercial benefits whilst simultaneously mitigating risk.

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What is EU General Data Protection Regulation?

(The GDPR)

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Getting rocky relationships through tinsel-time

The family-focus of Christmas is often followed in January with news of unhappy couples who decide to call it quits, leading to so-called Divorce Day, as family lawyers receive a surge of enquiries when they re-open after the break.

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The Bribery Act
The one time you should look for
the price tag

The Bribery Act ushered in a stricter anti-corruption regime when it came into force in 2011 and although Christmas gifts and hospitality are not banned, it’s important that companies don’t splash out and end up in deep water with over-generous Christmas gifts.

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How employers can say no, without
saying a word

As the countdown to the festive season gets underway, employers juggling the pre-Christmas workload need to ensure workers can take their rest breaks.

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