The Football Premier League hit the headlines recently, not for sporting reasons, but due to a legal first – the obtaining of an injunction requiring the likes of BT and Virgin to block access to servers used to provide live streams of Premier League football matches to UK consumers.
The importance of intellectual property protection is two-fold. On the one hand, it’s about protecting key business assets and on the other, it’s about unlocking and exploiting the value in those assets through activity such as licensing deals.
On 30 March 2017, the day after triggering Brexit, the government published its white paper setting out the details of its proposed Great Repeal Bill.
After a lengthy recruitment process, you’ve hired the candidate you thought fit best. But you can’t always tell whether you made the right choice until they actually start the job, which is why probationary periods can be a boss’ best friend.
From 6 April, it is expected that all large UK companies will have to publish reports on supplier payment policies and practices. The proposed regulations are designed to create public transparency, primarily for the benefit of SMEs – and with the hope of eradicating late payers.
Luxury car company Bentley Motors has started to extend its brand into new product areas – but it has come across a pretty big hurdle from the onset.
Halfway through 2016, the term gig economy was thrown into the limelight. Although suggesting a new phenomenon had made an appearance, all that had really happened was that someone came up with a fancier name for freelance work, enhanced by the use of technology. It also prompted the question of whether we should change the law around it.
Just when we became comfortable with the law on religious symbols when it comes to the workplace dress code, along comes a curve ball from the European Court seemingly, sparking headlines such as “Employers can ban Muslim headscarves”.
Jan Cavelle continues to chronicle the end of her manufacturing firm by explaining how health and safety failings and incompetence were a big contributor.
With businesses more likely to use digital contracts, the potential for confusion has multiplied. Terms can now be hidden away in a hyperlink, and the signatory is expected to read all the terms linked to, even when these could be open to change or too general for certain parties.
Companies in the EU are free to ban the wearing of a headscarf, or other political, philosophical or religious signs, if it in line with internal rules.
The world of mergers and acquisitions can often be a murky one, so what can SMEs learn from the failled attempt by Kraft Heinz to snap up Unilever?