Will the roll out of BRP make the employment of those with visas easier for UK Businesses?

by Rebecca Bridges April 8, 2015 Immigration Law

BRPs (Biometric Resident Permits) used to be known as Identity Cards for Foreign Nationals (ICFNs). They are the shape and size of a credit card and show a migrants photograph on the front, together with information about how long their extension is for.  They also show whether they are allowed to do any work, and […]

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Planning Ahead: 5 Steps to Writing Your Will

by Asset Wills April 8, 2015 Wills

Important Things to Consider When Writing Your Will Writing your will is important if you want to have a say in what happens to your property and possessions after your death. Writing your will might seem a little morose but, in reality, we prefer to think of it as an insurance scheme. You don’t buy […]

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Brain Injury Turns Top High School Student into Dominatrix

by David Christensen April 3, 2015 Law

What happens when a brain injury affects a car crash victim’s impulse control and libido? An auto accident  in August 2008 transformed Alissa Afonina from a bright young student into a dominatrix for hire. The Effect of the Brain Injury Traumatic brain injuries, like the one Afonina suffered, can affect a person in any number […]

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Rights of Women Charity loses Challenge to Civil Legal Aid Legislation for Domestic Violence Victims

by Muna Saleem February 18, 2015 Domestic Violence

Whilst many regulatory and legal semantics have little impact on the population, a recent legal case may be of interest to the everyday civilian. On the 22 nd January, The Public Law Project, on behalf of Rights for Women, a legal advocacy group, attempted to remove specific pieces of legislation that were brought in to regulate […]

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Genericide in the 21st Century: Overexposure of the Modern Brand

by ASchlossberg February 10, 2015 Blawging

“Every brand has at its core a substance that gives it strength.”[1] In the 21st century, the reality is that companies are being penalized for their success with certain products. Genericide occurs when a brand no longer denotes its origin, but rather is used to refer to a whole category of products. Yo-yo, Escalator, and […]

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Depositions: A New Direction for New York

by ASchlossberg February 9, 2015 Administrative Law

Depositions: A New Direction for New York New York is making a significant change on the deposition front. A new deposition rule for the New York Commercial Division is on the horizon. Effective April 1, 2015, under Administrative Order 336a/14, New York courts will enact Rule 11-d of Section 202.70(g) per a December 22, 2014 […]

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The ­Fall of Personal Insolvencies and Debt Solutions in Scotland

by Debt Therapy Scotland February 9, 2015 Law

Recent official statistics released from the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) confirmed that the level of personal insolvencies in Scotland including bankruptcies (sequestrations) and protected trust deeds (PTDs) have decreased to their lowest level in around 10 years. Figures taken from the third quarter of 2014-15 show that 2,633 personal insolvencies were recorded, which revealed a […]

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How the NFL Can Solve Deflate Gate in 30 Seconds — And Why the NFL Should Address Data Privacy

by Colette Shotton January 30, 2015 Law

Media is abuzz reporting on the NFL’s deflated football scandal – and when it comes to deflate-gate scandals, the NFL is not alone. Harkening back to 2012, JJ Stankevitz reminded us of a similar allegation leveled against USC by Oregon 1. Rather than offering complicated solutions to prevent future ball pressure scandals, like suggesting these […]

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Transparency of Companies: Beneficial Interests

by Stephen Downie December 24, 2014 Law

Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Bill (“the Bill”) that is proposed to come into force in April 2015. The Bill is currently undergoing readings before the House of Lords following the 1st reading on 19 November 2014 and the 2nd reading on 2 December 2014. Part 7 of the Bill inserts a new requirement into […]

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Pub Tenant Landlords and Reform of the Pub Code

by Stephen Downie December 24, 2014 Business Law

Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Bill (“the Bill”) that is proposed to come into force in April 2015. The Bill is currently undergoing readings before the House of Lords following the 1st reading on 19 November 2014 and the 2nd reading on 2 December 2014. It is well publicised that following derestriction of the pub sector in the 1990s a […]

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Setting Up a Business – Types of Funding

by Stephen Downie December 11, 2014 Business

Whilst funding is critical to a company’s business it is also vital to ensure the right product is obtained relevant to the company’s business needs. Whilst there are numerous financial products available out there, the most common forms of lending to companies are as follows: Fixed Charge – this is similar to a personal mortgage […]

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Company director fined for illegally accessing EE’s databases

by Redmans Solicitors December 11, 2014 Employment Law

The Information Commissioner’s Office has reported that a company director has been heavily fined by the courts after he was found guilty of illegally accessing and using information belonging to another company. Mr Matthew Devlin, 25, was prosecuted by the ICO after he illegally gained access to Everything Everywhere’s (“EE”) customer database by pretending to […]

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“I want a mortgage and I want it now!”

by JamesBooker December 5, 2014 Construction and Engineering

We are in the midst of a crisis – a housing crisis. This is not new news. I may even be stating the obvious. I am a married woman in my mid-40s – when I split from my first husband I was fortunate enough to be housed in a housing association property which offered me, […]

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Will writing made not-so-easy

by JamesBooker November 27, 2014 Family Law

For many of us, thinking about making a Will smacks of the biggest show of pessimism known to man – because we all believe we are going to live forever so why should we plan for our death. And yet, in the back of most minds will be that little niggle about who would get […]

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Oldham manufacturer fined over £100,000 after death of worker

by Redmans Solicitors November 20, 2014 Employment Law

An Oldham manufacturing company has been ordered to pay over £100,000 in fines and costs after one of its employees was killed in a workplace accident. Refinery Supplies Limited, a business specializing in the manufacturing of kettles for the zinc and lead smelting industries, was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £125,000 by the […]

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Sentencing Council review publishes new guidance on health and safety offences

by Direct 2 Lawyers November 20, 2014 Employment Law

A Sentencing Council review has proposed that much tougher sentences for breaches of health and safety could be handed down. The Sentencing Council, which has no legislative powers itself, has recommended that tougher sentences be given for corporate manslaughter offences and that greater fines should be imposed on businesses where health and safety offences result in […]

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Remarketing: a useful but risky online advertising strategy

by Wayne Beynon November 20, 2014 Law

As technology advances, so does the marketing and advertising industry, with companies using a myriad of automated online strategies in order to optimise their targeted advertising requirements. Remarketing is a form of targeted advertising, and an effective way that companies can draw in more business by advertising to people that are interested in their products. […]

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There are no bad cars, there are bad manufacturers…

by Mary November 20, 2014 Legal Aid

Vehicle recall is a rather painful process both for car owners and carmakers. Of course, it’s time consuming and not comfortable to take your car for repairs or replacement, however it’s necessary for your family’s safety, especially when some major defects are revealed. So car owner’s motivation is obvious. Now let’s look at the problem […]

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Can incidents of medical negligence be reduced if NHS trusts shared more data and information on medical errors?

by Wright Hassall November 8, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

Jeanette Whyman from Wright Hassall is a medical negligence solicitor with over 25 years’ experience and has acted both for and against Hospital Trusts. She now represents patients who are victims of medical negligence. It would be a truth universally acknowledged among sensible people that the sharing of information on best practice, and the identification of meaningful […]

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Smart Motorways – How Will They Affect Our Roads?

by Sheldon Davidson November 8, 2014 Law

Smart motorways, sometimes referred to as active traffic management or managed motorways, were introduced to the UK in 2006. Since then, a number of smart motorways have been developed across the country. They were initially implemented to prevent traffic congestion and reduce journey times for commuters, particularly during peak times, by adjusting the speed limit […]

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Whiplash personal injury claims slashed following reform

by JamesBooker October 30, 2014 Accident Claims

Motoring personal injury claims have fallen by a third this year as changes to the claims process for whiplash have been enforced. It’s estimated that whiplash is one of the most common personal injury claims made by motorists, but many cases are believed to be made fraudulently as an easy money-making scam. The government has […]

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Misappropriation in the 21st Century

by ASchlossberg October 30, 2014 Commercial Law

There may be no more perplexing legal issue in today’s fast-paced, exploitative world of apps, smart watches and 4G than protecting one’s work product. Commercial Division Justice Melvin L. Schweitzer recently ushered New York into the 21st century by creating a new cause of action in Schroeder v. Pinterest, Inc., 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 3083, […]

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Waste firm heavily fined after contractor’s arm severed in workplace accident

by Redmans Solicitors October 20, 2014 Personal Injury

A Scottish waste recycling firm has been heavily fined by the courts after a worker’s arm was severed in a workplace accident. Steve Dawson, who was 28 at the age of the accident, was employed as a line supervisor for Lowmac Alloys Limited at its premises at the Oldhall West Industrial Estate when the accident […]

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Alibaba.com … and the 40 (or more) counterfeit and infringment thieves

by Wright Hassall October 16, 2014 Intellectual Property

The Alibaba Group (Alibaba) is the world’s largest e-commerce company, its revenues for 2013 were more than Amazon and Ebay combined. Alibaba owns a variety of websites which facilitate online sales: www.alibaba.com: manufacturer to retailer wholesale sales. www.tmall.com: retailer to consumer sales. www.taobao.com:  consumer to consumer sales. The presence of counterfeit and infringing products on […]

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Common Personal Injury Claim Misconceptions

by laurenknowles October 16, 2014 Accident Claims Law

Misinformation in the press has caused negative perceptions of the personal injury claims industry. This unfortunately means that there are many possible claimants who are missing out on compensation due to fear and misunderstanding of the claims process. We have researched three of the most common claimant misconceptions and offered advice on how to reassure […]

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