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Debenhams: the end of an era

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Seeing the pictures of different Debenhams stores around the country closing their doors for the very last time has saddened me this week.

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“Fire and rehire”: what you should be considering as a business

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fire and hire

Sometimes making changes to the structure of a business is necessary, particularly in financially testing times such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Employment costs, as the single biggest overhead for the majority of businesses, are taking the brunt of this financial strain.

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Injunctions – what they are and when they’re used

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Contributing authors: Josh Craig and

Injunctions are the “nuclear weapons” in the armoury of the court. This note aims to provide a brief overview of what they are, and when they might be used.

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Playing the game – the Monopoly trade mark that is!

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Monopoly needs no introduction. Who hasn’t played the internationally recognised board game, whether the original version set around the streets of London (UK version) or one of the many reincarnations thereof?

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Facebook v Apple: tech giants square up over ad tracking and privacy

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Contributing authors: Matthew Pyke

A forthcoming update to Apple’s iOS that has the potential to take a substantial bite out of Facebook’s ad-generated revenue has sparked a war of words between the two California-based tech giants.

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Does a Sub-Contractor’s Design Consultant Owe a Duty of Care to the Main Contractor?

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The Technology and Construction Court decided in a recent case that a consultant engaged by a subcontractor to perform design checks did not owe a duty of care to the main contractor.

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What does ‘Breathing Space’ mean for debt recovery?

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Contributing authors: Paola Cuffolo

Breathing spaces

On 4 May 2021, the Government will be launching the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) in order to grant those with problem debt the right to some protection from creditors. While this is timely in terms of those for whom Covid has seriously impacted their finances, the scheme is actually part of a much wider picture of helping debtors to pay off their creditors under less stress.

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Royds Withy King advises BGF on multi-million-pound investment round for Caristo Diagnostics

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Law firm Royds Withy King has advised investment company BGF on its investment as part of a multi-million-pound investment round for medical imaging company Caristo Diagnostics.

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So whose copyright is it anyway?

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Contributing authors: Charlotte Kilcar

Intellectual property ownership

In a recent case, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court decided that the ownership of copyright in works relating to software developed by an employee largely from his home, in his own time, and using his own computer, belonged to the employer.

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I’ve overpaid an employee – what do I do now?

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For the most part, a company’s procedures and protocols will ensure that employees receive the sums they are owed, and are not under or over paid. However, it is more common than you may think for a company to inadvertently overpay an employee.

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Employment legal update #46

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Employment law update

Our Employment & HR team brings its monthly review of new legislation, guidance and case law.

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Property litigation specialist Angela Gregson joins London office of Royds Withy King

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Property litigation specialist Angela Gregson has joined the London office of Royds Withy King.

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