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Once notice of termination of employment is given by an employee, it cannot be withdrawn unless both parties agree. So far so good. However, employment law is rarely that clear. Surely there must be more than this? A recent case has highlighted the risks for employers in taking a hard line view when notice is given.

In late 2016, the UK Government published a Green Paper considering wide-ranging reforms to the current UK corporate governance system aimed at “making sure that the economy works for everyone”.  Responding to the Green Paper, in August 2017 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) announced a package of reforms, to be codified within the Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018 (“the Regulations”).

British Airways (BA) has reported that between  21 August 2018 and  5 September 2018, its website and mobile phone app was subject to a “very sophisticated, malicious attack”. Hackers are reported to have stolen customers’ personal data, including their names, email addresses, credit card numbers, expiry dates and 3 digit CVV codes, for around 380,000 transactions that took place during this period.

The Requirement to Correct (RTC) rule is a provision in the Finance (No 2) Act 2017 which requires individuals with undeclared UK tax liabilities with an offshore nature to disclose the non-compliance to HMRC. The RTC concerns UK Income Tax (IT), Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and Inheritance Tax (IHT) which was undeclared prior to 6 April 2017. An example would be a failure to declare a capital gain for UK CGT on the sale of a house situated in a different jurisdiction, such as a French holiday home.

On 1st October 2018 an amendment to the Civil Procedure Rules will take effect to remove the need to make an application to court for permission to issue a warrant of possession for breach of a suspended possession order where the breach is a failure to pay rent and / or arrears.

Please note that an application for permission will still be required where the breach of suspended order is on some other ground, e.g. breach of tenancy.

This change is a much awaited one following the decision in Cardiff City Council v Lee.

In an article published on 23 June 2018, Which Legal, part of the consumer group Which, found that 61% of people don’t have a Will in place.

With the power of hashtags stretching across all industries and the increasing reliance on social media marketing, it is unsurprising that more and more companies are not only using hashtags in their marketing schemes but also in company names, with an increasing number wishing to register hashtags as a trade mark. The issue here is the lack of guidance in relation to successfully registering such trade marks and how trade mark law can be enforced on hashtags in the media.

#MERKY

The Supreme Court has today handed down it’s judgement in McLaughlin for Judicial Review (AP) (Northern Ireland).

Miss McLaughlin was in a cohabiting relationship with her partner Mr Adams for 23 years prior to his death in January 2014. During that time, Miss McLaughlin and Mr Adams had four children together. After the death of Mr Adams, Miss McLaughlin attempted to claim Bereavement Payment and Widowed Parent’s Allowance, but her claims were rejected on the basis that she was not married to Mr Adams.

This year has, for the first time, seen employers having to report on their gender pay gap.

According to a recent BBC news article the Young Women’s Trust charity believes that asking people the “salary question” goes some way to explaining why women are trapped on low pay. The charity believes that including salary details in job adverts would help to close the gender pay gap.

Earlier this year the courts addressed whether a contract can be considered concluded and in effect without the parties physically signing the contract document. They also considered the importance of a properly drafted clause that imposes good faith obligations.

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