May 14, 2019

Welcome to the Spring Employment Newsletter May 2019. In this edition we look at: EMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CHANGES SUSPENSION PENDING INVESTIGATION: A BREACH OF TRUST AND CONFIDENCE? SHOULD HOLIDAY PAY INCLUDE OVERTIME PAYMENTS? _________________________ If you would like to discuss any of the points raised, please get in touch with a member of the Employment department:… Read more »

Simkins LLP Partner Appointment

May 1, 2019

Simkins LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of Ed Weidman as a partner with effect from today, 1 May 2019. Ed is a commercial lawyer specialising in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and advising on the exploitation and protection of intellectual property rights. Ed’s areas of expertise include entertainment (including music, live events, publishing,… Read more »

Arcade fire – Tombola game ads in breach of gambling rules

April 23, 2019

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that ads for a Tombola arcade game in an I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here app breached CAP Code rules on gambling, as they were likely to be used by under-18s. In its ruling,[1] the ASA said that, even though the app was neither directed nor targeted… Read more »

The Kraftwerk case – does a two-second sample infringe copyright?

March 12, 2019

Advocate General Szpunar has provided a thought-provoking opinion in a case on sampling.[1]  Sampling involves taking a sample of a sound recording for use as an element (which is often repeated as a hook or loop) in a new sound recording.  The German Federal Court of Justice[2] referred several questions to the Court of Justice… Read more »

Rebalance Artist Announcement

March 7, 2019

As a proud official partner of ReBalance, Simkins LLP is delighted to share the news that ReBalance have announced the programme’s first three finalists for 2019.  The finalists are Lady Sanity, Luna, and Martha Hill. The ReBalance programme is developed by Festival Republic and the PRS Foundation to address gender imbalance within the music industry. … Read more »