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Blog archive: August, 2018

The vexing problem of aggrieved employees

It has now been just over a year since the Supreme Court abolished employment tribunal fees. Since that decision, through discussions with our clients, we have noticed an increase in the number of employees raising complaints or threatening to bring employment tribunal claims against their employer. These often have no legal basis but are undertaken …

The vexing problem of aggrieved employees

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Pre-pack administration for the retail sector

With the recent collapse of a few retailers, including House of Fraser earlier this month, and retail parks and shopping centres changing their business structure and appearance with the rise of online shopping, it is time to remind ourselves of what a ‘pre-pack’ can offer to retailers when things go wrong. What is a pre-pack? …

Pre-pack administration for the retail sector

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Don’t be a Rik Mayall…

Rik Mayall, comedian and actor, did not have a valid Will in place when he died in June 2014.  He died “intestate” meaning his £1.2 million estate could have paid inheritance tax which could have been avoided with the right Will in place.  Under the intestacy law, a significant part of Rik’s estate, as a …

Don’t be a Rik Mayall…

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The crash of a retail giant: What is left to be said about House of Fraser’s concessions

Online shopping is growing faster than ever and retailers must find a sustainable way to compete. The collapse of House of Fraser is raising serious questions about viability for traditional and internet businesses relying on concessions to promote their products in malls and shopping centres. There are key issues to consider if you find yourself …

The crash of a retail giant: What is left to be said about House of Fraser’s concessions

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Seeing red – Louboutin’s trademark victory at the ECJ

In 1992 a fashion designer borrowed a pot of red nail varnish from his assistant, and in painting the sole of a stiletto heel in the scarlet colour, created a brand that is to many recognisable throughout the world as the work of Christian Louboutin. Earlier this summer, the European Court of Justice ruled that …

Seeing red – Louboutin’s trademark victory at the ECJ

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Skills shortage in St Albans: Just knowing what you don’t know is half the battle

One of the biggest challenges to growing a business is recognising where knowledge gaps exist and figuring out how best to plug them. The ‘Barriers to Growth’ research commissioned by the members of The City of Expertise, asked local businesses where they had the most skill shortages and IT, sales & marketing and regulatory issues topped the …

Skills shortage in St Albans: Just knowing what you don’t know is half the battle

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Breaking Up Is Never Easy

Break clauses can greatly assist with a tenant’s portfolio management. It is a potential opportunity for the tenant to relocate to cheaper premises or renegotiate new terms and can be a valuable provision, particularly in this volatile market. However, it is not an entirely straightforward process and there can be various conditions attached to break …

Breaking Up Is Never Easy

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Recruitment: recent High Court case on enforcing restrictive covenants

It is all too common to see employees of recruitment companies break the law by contacting candidates or clients after leaving and joining a rival agency. Fortunately, the law is there to protect these companies against the actions of rogue former employees, and in June Sherrards helped one of its long standing  recruiter clients obtain …

Recruitment: recent High Court case on enforcing restrictive covenants

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