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The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has estimated in a recent report that the manufacture and wholesale supply of counterfeit medicines incurs a direct cost to the EU pharmaceutical sector of:

Insight - Commercial Law Update - Issue 9

A recent spat between Tesco and Unilever regarding the sale price of Unilever goods has left consumers wondering exactly who sets the price for their favourite brands.

Insight - Commercial Law Update - Issue 9

Hayley Morgan, our Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and Intellectual Property Executive, attended the Association of European Lawyers (AEL) Intellectual Property Group’s recent meeting in Madrid on 20-21 October. The event was hosed by Spanish law firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and was attended by 15 colleagues from across Europe including Belgium, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland.

Insight - Commercial Law Update - Issue 9

We have recently strengthened our Commercial team with two new appointments and Hayley Morgan having qualified as the firm’s first Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.

Nik White provides an overview of the latest team news and how this will benefit our clients in the coming year.

Employment Bulletin - Issue 312

We would assume that this is one of the most common questions asked by workers during a shift! But is an employer in breach of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (the “WTR”) if a worker doesn’t take a break, even when they haven’t asked for one? This was the interesting point raised in the recent case of Grange v Abellio London Limited. 

The General Medical Council (GMC) has launched an investigation following claims of inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics by doctors who are linked to online pharmacies. The action was prompted by a BBC investigation, which highlighted that the doctors associated with these online pharmacies were prescribing antibiotics in a manner contrary to the National Institute for Health Care and Excellence (NICE) guidelines, and on occasions at odds with the symptoms listed by the journalist.

The introduction of the People with Significant Control (PSC) register under the Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Act 2015 (SBEE) demonstrated the UK Government’s commitment to promoting corporate transparency. This commitment continues with the implementation of the EU Fourth Money Laundering Directive (Fourth Directive). This directive will add to the PSC reporting requirements that companies are already subject to under SBEE.
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Employment Bulletin - Issue 311

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered his first (and last) Autumn Statement since taking over from George Osborne following June’s Brexit referendum. From next year, the Autumn Statement will become the main Budget, announcing tax changes well in advance of the start of the tax year. From 2018 onwards, the Spring Statement will respond to the forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

Corporate Matters - Issue 15

The Autumn Statement is the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s first major fiscal event since the “Brexit” referendum earlier this year. From next year, the Autumn Statement will become the new single annual Budget, announcing tax changes well in advance of the start of the following tax year. There will be a new “Spring Statement” from 2018, however it will not include any tax or policy changes.

The British Business Bank has released a new report shining a spotlight on the new Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, which provides a welcome confirmation of the Government’s commitment to supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the north.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund is a £400 million fund, being established to support SMEs across the Northern Powerhouse region.  The new fund is a successor to the previous North West Fund and aims to build on the work of this and other publicly backed venture capital funds.