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Hybrid Associate Laura Bowyer reaches finals of The Venus Awards 2016

Employment Law specialist and Hybrid Associate Laura Bowyer has successfully reached the final rounds of The Venus Awards Southampton for the Southern Daily Echo Business Mother of the Year, to be held at the Hilton Ageas Bowl on Friday 15th April. Competition has been fierce in the region this year with 1,291 nominations and applications received in one or more of the 15 categories…

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Nestlé and London Taxi Co feel the January blues

January is often known as a month to start afresh; to sneak in a workout instead of that cheeky pint, to swap angel delights for avocados or to just try something new. Yet this was not the case for confectionary giants Cadbury and Nestle who continue their sweet obsession of doing battle in the courtroom.In the latest developments in their seemingly endless list of litigious issues,…

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Can Employers really read every WhatsApp you send?

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) seemingly let the cat out of the bag earlier this year with its decision in Barbulescu v Romania. As expected, the media lit the torch paper on the judgement with some no holds barred headlines: “WARNING: Your boss can now legally read every WhatsApp message you send at work” – Daily Star“Your boss can now read your personal email, Facebook…

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Hotline Bling? The BT takeover of EE, and the legal implications of taking over a business

Acquiring another business can be a good strategy to grow quickly as well as creating an opportunity to increase the market share, the geographical reach of the business, and improve the company’s economies of scale… but what are the legal implications of taking over a business?Hotline Bling…details of the BT takeoverTelecoms giant BT recently got the all clear from the Competition…

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Holiday! It may be so nice, but how can changing your working hours impact what you’re entitled to?

If, like me, you find yourself in a regular state of confusion about how much holiday you’re entitled to, how much holiday you’ve spent and more importantly how much you’ve got left - you’ll know that each day of peace and quiet comes at a premium.Under EU and Government directive, almost all workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year; known as statutory leave entitlement.…

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The Modern Slavery Act 2015

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is designed to consolidate offences, capable of prosecution, into a single act. Introducing various measures to combat slavery and human trafficking, the Act places requirements on businesses to report infringements, encouraging a level of diligence in all dealings within the businesses supply chain.In this article we’ll look at what The Act actually…

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Meetings about meetings

We have all been there; sat in a stuffy meeting room with a group of well-intentioned colleagues. The original agenda has drifted, as has your enthusiasm for proceedings. Then someone suggests a follow-up meeting…Sound familiar? We asked our friends at Take Place how to stop boardroom boredom... More than 60% of those we asked in a recent survey* spend at least 8 hours per week…

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The Consumer Rights Act 2015

Described by Which? as ‘the biggest shake up in consumer rights law in a generation’ the Consumer Rights Act (CRA) is an attempt to simplify UK consumer law, giving it a more contemporary footing.Having come into effect on the 1st of October 2015, the CRA supersedes the Sale of Goods Act, the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contract Regulations and the Supply Of Goods and Services Act;…

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Premier League Champions Chelsea FC on the defence, but not of the title…

Chelsea FC haven’t quite had the quality opening to the premier league season that the blues fans would be accustomed to. But the premier league title isn’t the only thing Chelsea will be defending as manager Jose Mourinho’s treatment of First Team Doctor Eva Carneiro sees them face a constructive dismissal claim. Medical HistorySwansea City visited Stamford Bridge in early August…

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‘Safe Harbor’ data transfer agreement ruled unsafe by EU Court of Justice

Safe Harbor. Aside from the American spelling, the phrase throws up images of ships safely in the port while a storm rages out on the seas. You could be forgiven therefore for thinking that the phrase has very little to do with transnational data processing laws; however, you would be wrong.Safe Harbor is the name of an initiative set up by the U.S Department of Commerce in response…

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