Gucci loses latest round of long-running IP battle

December 8th, 2016

The European Union General Court recently ruled that a logo used by the American fashion house Guess is distinct enough from emblems used by the company’s competitor Gucci. The Italian luxury brand had argued that the Guess logo – comprising of interlocking ‘Gs’ -bore too close a resemblance to its own logos and was likely … Continue reading “Gucci loses latest round of long-running IP battle”

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Planning chiefs say skyscraper is a vote of confidence in London

December 5th, 2016

A 73-storey skyscraper – which will have the distinction of being one of the tallest buildings in Europe – was granted planning approval this week. 1 Undershaft, nicknamed ‘the Trellis’, will be built in the heart of London’s financial district and is set to reach 300 metres in height. The building is set to be … Continue reading “Planning chiefs say skyscraper is a vote of confidence in London”

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‘Remote gambling’ is now largest sector in the industry, report reveals

December 1st, 2016

According to a new report from the Gambling Commission, ‘remote gambling’ is now the largest sector in the industry – with 33 per cent of all gambling revenue during the 2015/16 financial year accumulated through online gambling. Between April 2015 and March 2016, some £4.5billion was spent on ‘remote gambling’ – defined as using a … Continue reading “‘Remote gambling’ is now largest sector in the industry, report reveals”

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“Shocking” study not the first to suggest pregnancy-related discrimination is on the rise

December 1st, 2016

A “shocking” new study suggests that half of women feel they have been subjected to pregnancy discrimination at work, while over a third believe that an employer has treated them unfairly as a direct result of them taking maternity leave, reports Employment Lawyers Joelson. The survey, which was carried out by the Equality Commission in … Continue reading ““Shocking” study not the first to suggest pregnancy-related discrimination is on the rise”

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Former estate agent wins first leg of unfair dismissal Tribunal claim

November 30th, 2016

A former estate agent has won the first leg of an unfair dismissal Tribunal claim, London Employment Solicitors Joelson report. He could now be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation at a later hearing. Abdul Samad, 39, was “pressured” to step down from his role at Felicity J Lord estate agents in January 2014, … Continue reading “Former estate agent wins first leg of unfair dismissal Tribunal claim”

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Study reveals sharp rise in reports of workplace bullying and discrimination

November 25th, 2016

The number of UK workers who have either witnessed or been subjected to workplace discrimination or bullying has grown significantly over the last 14 years, according to a new study, Joelson’s Employment Lawyers in London can report. As many as 35 per cent of UK workers have reported witnessing or being subjected to workplace bullying … Continue reading “Study reveals sharp rise in reports of workplace bullying and discrimination”

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London nightclub to reopen subject to strict licensing agreement

November 24th, 2016

City of London nightclub Fabric has agreed to a strict new licensing deal with Islington Council which will enable it to reopen assuming certain conditions are met. The news follows the famous venue’s appeal against closure earlier this year, which came in relation to the drug-related deaths of two teenage clubbers. Fabric closed its doors … Continue reading “London nightclub to reopen subject to strict licensing agreement”

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Delivery firm faces legal challenge from freelance couriers seeking employment rights

November 23rd, 2016

UK delivery company CitySprint has found itself facing a legal challenge from a group of couriers classed as ‘self-employed’ who wish to be given worker status. The group will take the firm to an employment tribunal in a bid to gain access to workers’ rights, Joelson’s London Employment Solicitors can report. The news, which comes … Continue reading “Delivery firm faces legal challenge from freelance couriers seeking employment rights”

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3D printing likely to drive a need for new IP legislation

November 23rd, 2016

As new technology is introduced into the fashion industry, it is imperative that Intellectual property legislation is adapted as necessary, in response to it. This was reiterated by a group of delegates who met in New York last week to attend an event entitled Robot Couture: The Future of Fashion, Law and Technology. There was … Continue reading “3D printing likely to drive a need for new IP legislation”

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Mortgage costs reach “historic low” in September, says CML

November 18th, 2016

Mortgages are now “more affordable than they have ever been”, a new report by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said. According to its research, the average homeowner – excluding first-time buyers – spent 17.7 per cent of their monthly income on mortgage repayments in September. By contrast, homeowners spent 23.7 per cent of … Continue reading “Mortgage costs reach “historic low” in September, says CML”

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