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The government has today published its Good Work Plan, which contains a commitment to not only maintain workers’ rights as the UK leaves the EU but also to enhance them. The suggested reforms are the latest response to the Taylor Review of modern working practices (which we blogged about here). There is no timetable yet... Read more »

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After a 4-year battle, it has been held that Cadbury UK Limited’s (“Cadbury”) UK trade mark (“UKTM”) is a single mark, not a series of marks. This follows in a long line of Kit for Kat between Nestle and Cadbury and after this latest blow the chocolate wars look set to continue. Single or series?... Read more »

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The FCA has published a direction stating that any EEA firm which currently carries on regulated activities in the UK under an EU passporting arrangement, and wishes to carry on passporting into the UK after Brexit, must notify the FCA or the relevant regulator under the temporary permissions regime (TPR). Once the TPR is in... Read more »

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It is said that a week is a long time in politics, and this week already feels longer than most. The day began with news from Luxembourg that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that the UK can cancel its “Article 50” notice and decide to remain in the EU... Read more »

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A discrimination claim raised by a vegan who was dismissed by the charity which he worked for has led to an Employment Tribunal being asked to determine whether veganism should be recognised as a “philosophical belief” and therefore protected under the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”). What is a philosophical belief? Under the Act it is... Read more »

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How can the planning system address obesity concerns? The Scottish Government has published a research report on the relationship between the food environment and the planning system. ‘A Healthier Future’ In Scotland, the rates of overweight and obesity for both children and adults are among the highest in the developed world. The Scottish Government has... Read more »

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The Scottish Government recently released their official statistics for domestic abuse reported by the police in Scotland in 2017/18. These statistics show some interesting facts: The levels of domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland have remained relatively stable since 2011/2012, with around 58,000 to 60,000 incidents or 1.1% of the population being victims... Read more »

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There are three things that you need to look out for at the moment when dealing with a schedule of condition in a terminal dilapidations claim. The first is whether the SoC qualifies only one obligation or several obligations under the lease. Normally, if the SoC wording is found in only one clause, it will not... Read more »

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The introduction of the new settled immigration status will mark the end of freedom of movement for EU citizens in the UK. So, who can apply and when; and what does the application process look like? Brexit and the movement of people: what do we know? EU nationals currently benefit from freedom of movement and... Read more »

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