CHANNEL 5 AGREES NEW TERMS OF TRADE WITH PACT

December 5, 2018

Channel 5, the British broadcaster, has agreed and signed a new terms of trade deal with Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (“PACT”), which is a trade association who represent the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies. Business impact As far as producers are concerned, the new terms… Read more »

AN EMPLOYMENT LAW MASTERCLASS FOR 2019

November 28, 2018

Event summary Simkins’ Employment Law Masterclass 2019 is a half-day seminar, focusing on the most relevant employment law issues for HR practitioners and business managers in the coming year. Topics covered The Masterclass will be run by our expert team of employment lawyers, together with experienced barrister, Michael Lee from 11KBW. We will take you… Read more »

PRS FOR MUSIC WINS HIGH COURT APPEAL AGAINST THE BBC AND SKY

November 9, 2018

PRS for Music (PRSfM) has won its appeal against a decision of the Copyright Tribunal that it had jurisdiction to set the terms of the BBC’s licences with PRSfM to the extent that they concern foreign copyrights. Following a two day hearing in the High Court in London, Mr Justice Arnold allowed PRSfM’s appeal and… Read more »

Simkins wins ‘Case of The Year’

November 7, 2018

Simkins are pleased to announce that we won “Case of The Year” at Spear’s Wealth Management Awards 2018, for the reputation team’s representation of Sir Cliff Richard in his ground-breaking privacy case against the BBC.  Gideon Benaim who heads the Simkins reputation team was also shortlisted for “Lawyer of the Year – Reputation”.

Will the floodgates open now that there are no more Blurred Lines?

October 24, 2018

After nearly five years of litigation the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit published its judgment in the case of Pharrell Williams v Frankie Christian Gaye et al (Case No. 15-56880) on 21 March 2018. The court upheld a verdict of copyright infringement against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke over the best-selling track… Read more »

EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT – AUTUMN BRIEFING – 2018

October 11, 2018

Welcome to the Autumn 2018 Employment Law Briefing. In this edition we look at STEP BACK IN TIME – HOW SHOULD EMPLOYERS DEAL WITH AN EXTRA HOUR WHEN THE CLOCKS GO BACK? WHEN IS A RESIGNATION EFFECTIVE (OR NOT)? UNSIGNED EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS – SHOULD AN EMPLOYER BE CONCERNED? If you would like to discuss any… Read more »

Copyright if there’s no Brexit deal

October 4, 2018

The Government has produced a technical notice on “Copyright if there’s no Brexit deal” setting out what this will mean for “cross-border copyright”.  The notice is one of a series issued by the Government explaining what businesses should do to prepare for what it insists is the “unlikely” event that the UK leaves the EU… Read more »

TV/Employment Seminar

September 27, 2018

A tailored workshop on employment matters/hot topics in TV with real life examples discussed in groups. TV Indies, broadcasters and distributors are now more likely to be faced with tribunal litigation, whether claims have merit or not.  This follows as a result of the abolition of employment tribunal fees last year… We are holding a… Read more »