July 26, 2017

Breaking news – this morning the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that employment tribunal fees (introduced in 2013) are unlawful.  As of today, fees are no longer payable and those fees that have been paid must be reimbursed. Victoria Willson  

Employment Department – Summer Briefing 2017

July 21, 2017

Welcome to the Summer 2017 Employment briefing.  In this edition we look at The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices Some like it hot?   Is there a maximum or minimum temperature for a workplace? Enforcement of post-termination restrictions Employment law developments in the next quarter If you would like to discuss any of the points… Read more »

Media and Advertising Industry Triathlon 2017

July 10, 2017

On Friday 7 July, Simkins were pleased to take part, for the third year in a row, in the annual Media and Advertising Industry Triathlon, in support of MediaTrust.  Juliane Althoff, Fiona McAllister and Paddy Gardiner represented “Team Simkins” in the Sprint Relay and Neil Gill raced in the Individual Sprint event.  Along with well… Read more »

20th Annual Property ProKart challenge

July 5, 2017

Simkins teamed up with Selborne Chambers to take part in the 20th Annual Property ProKart challenge sponsored by London & District Housing and The Cowell Group.  The challenge involved team SAS completing a six hour team endurance race and the F1 pit stop challenge hosted by Daytona.  This year’s chosen charity for the event was… Read more »

Jim Dennis & Susan Thompson join Simkins

July 5, 2017

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jim Dennis and Susan Thompson to Simkins as partners. Jim has joined as an Intellectual Property Partner in the Dispute Resolution Group. He is an IP litigator specialising in brands and has extensive experience in the fields of trade mark and copyright litigation, as well as trade… Read more »

Sir Cliff Richard: Statement in Open Court

May 26, 2017

A Statement in Open Court was read in the High Court today on behalf of our client Sir Cliff Richard.  This followed his successful claim for misuse of private information and breach of the Data Protection Act against South Yorkshire Police.  South Yorkshire Police have today accepted that its actions in disclosing to the BBC… Read more »

Premier blocking order for streaming servers

May 23, 2017

Premier blocking order for streaming servers The High Court has granted the Football Association Premier League, in effect, a prototype blocking order against the six main UK internet service providers.  The order required the ISPs to block access to servers that deliver infringing live streams of Premier League footage to UK consumers.  All the requirements… Read more »

Children’s TV amendment to Digital Economy Bill

May 15, 2017

In March 2017, the Government decided to support an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill giving Ofcom the power to urge Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs) to commission more children’s television programmes. The Digital Economy Act 2017 received Royal assent on 27 April 2017, enshrining the amendment into law. Background The amendment follows a strong effort… Read more »