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Rishi Sunak sets out post-Brexit financial services regime

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“Financial services will be essential to our economic recovery from coronavirus, creating jobs and growth right across our country.”

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Furlough Scheme extended until March 2021

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The Government has announced today that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), otherwise known as the furlough scheme, will be extended until the end of March 2021.

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Another record investment into British Biotech

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The UK BioIndustry Association, BIA, has just released its investment report for the period 1 June to 31 August 2020.

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Employment legal update #40 | November 2020

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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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Electronic signatures: can you digitally sign your life away?

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Many of us in these difficult times are working from home and conducting business through our computer screen. This business will often involve the creation, variation, and termination of contracts and many other transactions besides, often of considerable importance and value. I was recently asked whether ‘electronic signatures’ have the same legal effect as traditional ‘wet signatures’?

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Pride Comes Before a Fall – The Johnny Depp Case

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Pride comes before a fall, so the proverb goes, meaning if you are too full of yourself, something will happen to make you look foolish. Is that the case here?

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Furlough Scheme extended as care sector prepares for national lockdown

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The Government has announced a new national lockdown for England from 5 November to 2 December which has led to significant changes to the employment support schemes available to employers.

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Furlough Scheme extended as national lockdown announced

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The Government has announced a new national lockdown for England from 5 November to 2 December which has led to significant changes to the employment support schemes available to employers.

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The Brexit effect…. on trade marks

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With the end of the transition period fast approaching, it is not long until the UK falls outside the scope of the EU trade mark system. The Withdrawal Agreement contains specific provisions relating to intellectual property rights and whilst domestic UK trade marks will be unchanged, EU Trade Mark (EUTM) holders should be aware of how their trade mark rights will be affected.

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Warning for retailers: the curious case of Phillip Lloyd Jewellers and a lost diamond

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Last month [October] it was widely reported in the trade and national press that Reigate High Street Jewellers, Phillip Lloyd Jewellers (“PLJ”) lost its Court case against a disgruntled customer over a lost diamond.  PLJ has been ordered to compensate the customer up to £30,000.

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Incentivising your workforce: EMI schemes

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The question many employers face is how to create a sense of ownership within a workforce. How do you incentivise your workforce and create a culture in which your employees feel as invested in your company as you are? The difficulties are acute when cash flow is as tight as it is for many companies this year and boards are looking particularly carefully at pay rises and bonuses.

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Could new rent structure be the future of retail?

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Contributing authors: Bharat Nahar

It was heartening to hear the latest official figures last week which showed that British retail sales have continued to increase for the fifth consecutive month.

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