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Changes to Copyright

Some may recall the Queens’ speech at the opening of Parliament, when she announced that the government would do all it could to ensure Britain’s place at the forefront of the digital economy. For many businesses, that means strengthening protection for Intellectual Property rights. The newly...

Who is an employee entitled to have present as a companion in a disciplinary hearing?

Such was the question before the High Court in Stevens v University of Birmingham . Employees have a right under s.10 Employment Relations Act 1999 to be accompanied to both disciplinary and grievance hearings by a work colleague or a trade union representative. (Note – in these circumstances a...

Moving in a New Direction

As I put the finishing touches to this, the first of my posts on the trainee blog, I am sat on a train headed to London for an all-day licensing law seminar. This is just one of the new experiences that I find myself encountering in this exciting new phase of my career. My road to qualification as...

Smoking in Vehicles Law Change

Just over a year ago, we published an article regarding the government consultation on smoking in private vehicles carrying children . Fast forward to the present and the changes are set to come into force from today. For those unaware of this new regime, we have put together a brief summary of the...

New Fire Alarm Law Introduced to Protect Tenants

From 1 st October, a new law requires private landlords to fit properties with smoke alarms. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 requires a fire alarm to be fitted on each floor of a property which contains a room wholly or partly used as living accommodation. A carbon...

All Change Please

As I reflect on my first few weeks as a trainee solicitor at Woodfines, I realise that the next two years are going to be busy but interesting, and I am in no doubt that they will fly by! Although I am a new trainee solicitor, I cannot be described as a new employee: I have been at Woodfines for...

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