29 January 2016
This briefing explores the potential criminal prosecutions that might be brought against Volkswagen and/or its officials under UK law, after Volkswagen admitted that it deliberately falsified the emissions readings of 11 million of its diesel-fuelled vehicles world-wide.
20 January 2016
The High Court decision in the case of Ong & Ors v Ping is a useful warning that the costs of separate representation in trust litigation may not be recoverable in full for successful parties.
14 January 2016
The Office of Rail and Road recently updated its enforcement policy for railway licence holders during December 2015. The policy sets out the ORR’s approach to economic regulation of compliance with all railway licences.
07 January 2016
Jennifer Gibson has authored an article in World Trademark Review Daily. This article first appeared on WTR Daily, part of World Trademark Review, in December 2015. For further information, please go to www.worldtrademarkreview.com.
23 December 2015
The period of relative calm which followed the implementation of the Bribery Act 2010 four years ago has ended, and there have been three new, important cases. In this briefing, we summarise these cases, explain their significance and provide a reminder of some practical guidance to minimise the risk of organisations committing the corporate offence.
16 December 2015
Our Real Estate Disputes team provides a month-by-month breakdown of the most significant property cases of 2015.
14 December 2015
In the latest of a series of automatic suspension cases, the Court has allowed the public purchaser to proceed with the contract. We look at the case of OpenView Security Solutions Limited v The London Borough of Merton Council.
10 December 2015
A parent company has recently been found guilty of corporate manslaughter, following the death of an employee at the site of one of the subsidiaries.
07 December 2015
Our article considers the issue of lifetime bans for doping offences in the wake of the WADA Independent Commission report into allegations of coordinated and state sponsored doping in Russian athletics.
01 December 2015
27 November 2015
Transport and retail sector operators that provide parking schemes on private land, and parking enforcement companies that operate such schemes, may take an interest in a recent decision of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has now held that, on particular facts, an £85 parking charge was not a penalty but an enforceable charge for breach of a parking contract.
27 November 2015
The unauthorised and unexpected arrival of travellers can be a common problem for landowners and businesses, particularly those with open sites that are more vulnerable to occupation, for example car parks or land awaiting development.
25 November 2015
The recent decision in C-T Aviation Solutions Limited v Regina (Health and Safety Executive) sets out the guidance on what is a material risk and therefore when an organisation should implement control measures sufficient to control it. In this case the risk was to a pedestrian crossing an airport road.
19 November 2015
The Court of Appeal has recently reversed the first instance finding of a negligent overvaluation of commercial property in the widely reported case of Titan Europe 2006-3 PLC v Colliers International UK PLC (in liquidation)  EWCA Civ 1083.
12 November 2015
Jeremy Dickerson, James Pheasant and Chris Davies from our Sport team consider the case in their recent article for LawyerIssue.
04 November 2015
On 3 November 2015, the Sentencing Council issued the new ‘Definitive Guideline’ for Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences. They will apply to all sentences on or after 1 February 2016 regardless of the date of breach.
04 November 2015
The Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive came into force on 26 June 2015, and must be transposed by Member States into their national legislation by 26 June 2017. It will modify and extend customer due diligence requirements and reinforce the “risk-based” approach to money laundering risks.
03 November 2015
James Pheasant explains the significance of the latest High Court ruling dealing with the thorny issue of whether bridge should be defined as a sport. This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Public Law on 22 October 2015. Click for a free trial of Lexis®PSL.
30 October 2015
“Transparency in Supply Chains etc: A Practical Guide” is the new Statutory Guidance on Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. This briefing explores the key aspects of this guidance and provides insight into what your organisation can be doing now to comply.
13 October 2015
Consumers sometimes have difficulty getting redress for unsatisfactory goods or services, particularly when they buy online. Alternative Dispute Resolution should enable disputes to be settled in an informal way, more quickly and cheaply than going to court.
09 October 2015
Following ORR’s call for consultation responses in relation to new Guidance for Complaints Handling Procedures, ORR have now written to stakeholders informing them of the outcome of that consultation and published new Guidance for CHPs effective from 30 September 2015.
21 September 2015
The High Court has clarified the meaning of the aggregation clause in the Solicitors’ Minimum Terms and Conditions of professional indemnity insurance. In a recent decision it construed the aggregation on a narrow basis. This may come as a relief to many solicitors carrying lower limits of PI insurance and their clients, who could otherwise have seen aggregation clauses drastically reduce the scope of their insurance cover.
31 August 2015
Our latest IP bulletin looks at Community Trade Marks, the economic cost of IPR infringement, the trade mark status of LEGO figures and more.
24 August 2015
On 12 August 2016 the Insurance Act 2015 comes into force and will make substantial changes to insurance law in England & Wales. This will affect not only how disputes between businesses and their insurers are dealt with by the Courts but also the obligations on a business when purchasing insurance.
21 August 2015
A recent survey commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills shows a concerning lack of awareness and understanding of the Bribery Act 2010 amongst small and medium sized enterprises.
14 August 2015
A former UBS and Citigroup trader, Tom Hayes, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after he was found guilty of conspiring to manipulate LIBOR. This is the first conviction in the LIBOR manipulation scandal and is one of the most severe sentences obtained by the SFO to date.
10 August 2015
The High Court has been quick to apply the Supreme Court’s decision in Arnold v Britton on contractual interpretation in a supply agreement for cupcakes. Honeyrose Bakery Ltd v Lola’s Kitchen Ltd (t/a Lola’s Cupcakes).
10 August 2015
In a recent Intellectual Property Enterprise Court decision, the High Court has found two Community Trade Marks (“CTMs”) owned by Sofa Workshop for the words “SOFA WORKSHOP” to be liable to be revoked for non-use and therefore unenforceable in infringement proceedings against Sofaworks. This briefing discusses the findings in greater detail.
05 August 2015
The Supreme Court recently considered in R v GH  UKSC 24 the law relating to prosecutions for money laundering. We review the arrangement offence under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Supreme Court’s judgment in R v GH  UKSC 24 and practical reminders for businesses on their money laundering obligations.
20 July 2015
Where a loan has been re-financed by a party related to the original lender the Court of Appeal has confirmed that the original lender was not prevented from seeking recovery actions against negligent advisors. In this briefing we take a look at the case of Swynson Ltd v Lowick Rose LLP.
17 July 2015
The Reports on Payment Practices Regulations 2015 and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 are two very different legislative measures. However, they share important similarities which mean large corporates should be considering their implications closely.
07 July 2015
Our latest insurance briefing looks at key issues to consider when drafting insurance and liability clauses and highlights a number of recent cases.
06 July 2015
Jeremy Dickerson and Jennifer Gibson have co-authored an article in World Trademark Review Daily. This article first appeared on WTR Daily, part of World Trademark Review, in June 2015. For further information, please go to www.worldtrademarkreview.com.
16 June 2015
Sentencing guidelines for safety breaches and environmental breaches are changing and are likely to increase substantially for large organisations. Case law is now indicating the practical effect of these changes.
11 June 2015
Schedule 8 of a Track Access Contract is “logical, well-researched, carefully constructed, and well supported”. Those are the words of Mr Justice Akenhead in Network Rail v Handy and others meaning drivers (namely insurers) of road vehicles are liable for Network Rail’s TAC Schedule 8 loss if they negligently damage rail track or other installations and cause consequential TOC delays.
08 June 2015
Section 37 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 which came into force on 1 June 2015 is likely to be welcomed by those operating in the regulated sector. We take a closer look and highlight some practical considerations.
08 June 2015
The European Court of Justice has said that if food or drink packaging contains images of ingredients that are not in the food or drink product itself this will likely “mislead” consumers and thus fall foul of EU law.
03 June 2015
We take a look at the case of R (Angharad Morris and Donna Thomas) v Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council which considers the scope of Moseley in detail in respect of the duty to give information on alternative options in consultations.
01 June 2015
Recent changes in legislation have put beyond doubt that businesses will be very unlikely to be able to claim indemnity under a kidnap and ransom policy where there is possible terrorist involvement.
27 May 2015
The General Court of the European Union has handed down its judgment in Skype’s appeal in relation to the registration of SKYPE as a community trade mark.
22 May 2015
The High Court has refused to order injunctions preventing HMRC from issuing accelerated payment notices or enforcing existing APNs.
22 May 2015
The SFO has expressed its dissatisfaction with businesses that use legal privilege as a defence against disclosing documentation while under investigation. It says that overly liberal use of the “privilege exception” is obstructing its investigations. The SFO has promised to challenge in the Courts such use of the privilege exception.
20 May 2015
The Supreme Court has confirmed in Jetivia v Bilta that where a company brings a claim against its directors for losses caused by their wrongdoing, the directors cannot escape the claim by arguing that their actions are attributed to the company itself. We discuss the Supreme Courts judgment and the use of the s.213 of the Insolvency Act in further detail.
12 May 2015
Recent months have seen a number of judicial reviews brought against the Financial Ombudsman Service (“FOS”). We considered several of these in FSS #11 and FSS #13. The outcome of these claims is helping to clarify the situations in which Financial Services firms will be able to challenge the way an ombudsman has reached a decision. This briefing considers the recent case of R (Chancery (UK) LLP) v FOS and the ramifications of the Administrative Court's rejection.
11 May 2015
We look at a recent case which has highlighted the risk of losing insurance cover when a policy is not updated following business changes.
06 May 2015
This briefing sets out some of the background to the development of the law on penalties.
29 April 2015
The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in relation to the appeals brought by the owners of the ASSOS and ASOS trade marks against the first instance decision of Rose J.
23 April 2015
The High Court has ruled in Iraj Parvizi v Barclays Bank Plc that a bank’s decision to freeze a customer’s bank account where there was a genuine suspicion of money laundering did not constitute a breach of contract.
22 April 2015
Recent years have seen an increase in the use of Warranty & Indemnity (W&I) insurance as a 'deal tool' for the disposal of real estate assets, with a growing number of real estate funds using W&I insurance on every deal. This note explains the mechanics and role of W&I insurance, its possible benefits, the likely costs involved and issues to bear in mind when purchasing it.
07 April 2015
Many firms will need to apply for consumer credit authorisation under the new FCA regime in the coming months. This bulletin covers the different types of authorisation available, the process of application and what it will mean to be regulated by the FCA.
30 March 2015
Our March insurance briefing looks at reinstatement and considers the significant decision made in the insured's favour in the case of Western Trading v Great Lakes.
27 February 2015
This issue looks at the recent prosecution of Alex Hope by the FCA and the wider implications of this decision for firms. Alex Hope was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for fraud and carrying on a regulated activity without authorisation, contrary to the general prohibition in s19 Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
24 February 2015
As the Daily Mirror found in Daniel Peter Simpson v MGN Limited, a case decided on the law before the Defamation Act 2013, which abolished the common law defence of justification and inserted a new statutory defence of truth, while it is not necessary to justify the truth of every word, justification of all the potential 'defamatory stings' in the statement is necessary.
18 February 2015
Failure to put in place a clear agreement about ownership of designs produced for Innocent Smoothies has resulted in multiple court proceedings. The case is a lesson for companies seeking a brand identity with design agencies to ensure the legal rights are crystallised fully at the beginning.