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Commerce Resumes after Blockage Caused by Container Ship Stuck in the Suez Canal


Traffic has finally resumed in Egypt's Suez Canal after a stranded container ship blocking it for nearly a week has finally been freed. A container ship, the Ever Given, passing through the Suez Canal on Tuesday 23rd March, brought a vital sea passageway to a halt, however the Suez Canal is finally…

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Modern day contract formation - the good, the bad and the ugly of email


Not so long ago, companies had to deal with mountains of paperwork, meetings always held in person, and communication both internally and externally was not so easy. These days, technology has helped businesses come a long way by simplifying and streamlining how we communicate and eliminating many of…

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National Apprenticeship Week


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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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