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Newsflash: Uber drivers are 'workers' holds Supreme Court

23 Feb 2021

The Supreme Court handed down its long-anticipated judgment about the action brought against Uber by drivers claiming to be workers as opposed to self-employed contractors. The judgment provides the answer to whether 'gig economy' workers can be classed as 'workers' for the purposes of…

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The Government to review Landlord and Tenant legislation in March 2021

15 Feb 2021

In December 2020, the Government announced that it would undertake a review of commercial landlord and tenant legislation in 2021, and this is now expected to take place next month. It is anticipated that the review will consider a broad range of issues including the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 Part…

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National Apprenticeship Week

10 Feb 2021

National Apprenticeship Week began on 8 February. This year's theme is 'Build The Future.' With 20 years of experience in progressing employees through apprenticeships, Forbes Solicitors has helped build futures and this year has been no different and has been as successful, despite the…

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Boohoo acquires all intellectual property rights of Debenhams in £55m deal

27 Jan 2021

Following going into its second administration in April 2020 and subsequently into liquidation shortly before the festive period, Debenhams is one of the latest victims of the impact of the pandemic and the accelerated shift to online retailing. Nevertheless, Boohoo, leading online fashion retailer…

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IR35 changes are looming for medium and large private sector organisations

26 Jan 2021

Following a 12-month postponement due to the impacts of Covid-19, the Finance Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 22 July 2020, meaning that the forthcoming reforms to the IR35 tax legislation for the private sector are now just a matter of months away. IR35 was first introduced in 2000 with the aim…

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"Building after Brexit" - the impact of the deal on the construction sector

26 Jan 2021

It is widely considered that the Brexit deal is preferable to what would have arisen in a no-deal Brexit, and the deal has been cautiously welcomed by many in the construction industry for providing some much sought-after clarity. Whilst the impacts of Covid are ongoing and are likely to be lasting, the…

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Keep up with customers' changing habits

19 Jan 2021

Many high streets and city centres were struggling under the weight of customers' shift towards online shopping even before the pandemic hit. However, by virtue of forced closures, social distancing restrictions, potential customers working from home rather than in offices near physical stores and a…

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The Impact of Covid-19 on Competition Law

07 Jan 2021

The leading case JD Sports Fashion plc v Competition and Markets Authority [2020] highlights the importance of regulators taking proactive steps to investigate the impact of Covid-19 on competition. Background · Following the merger of JD Sports and Footasylum in a £90 million-…

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We have a deal - but what next?

04 Jan 2021

Amid a busy festive period with the imposition of stricter lockdown measures and the approval of the latest Covid-19 vaccine was the news that a Brexit deal had been agreed. The deal, which was agreed on Christmas Eve, marked some form of conclusion to the Brexit process which has been ongoing since the…

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