SIR CLIFF RICHARD, OBE v (1) BBC (2) SYP WITNESS STATEMENTS

April 17, 2018

At the suggestion of the court, witness statements from these proceedings can be found below. 18 April Philip Daval-Bowden 18 April Philip Hall 18 April Gideon Benaim – 4th Statement 17 April Gideon Benaim – 3rd Statement 17 April Gideon Benaim – 2nd Statement 17 April Malcolm Smith 17 April Gloria Hunniford 17 April Paul… Read more »

UK government proposes stricter rules for internet safety

April 16, 2018

The government plans to ensure that “what is illegal offline is illegal online”. Following its Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper, it has asked the Law Commission to review the laws on offensive communications and to assess how far they protect victims online.  As part of the government’s Digital Charter, the government will also introduce a… Read more »

Bot battling and more – new initiatives to stem online ticket abuse

March 28, 2018

There have recently been notable advances in the fight against abuse of the online ticket market. The government is introducing a new criminal offence to tackle the use of bots that override limits on how many tickets a single purchaser can buy for a recreational, sporting or cultural event in the UK.  In England and Wales,… Read more »

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

March 27, 2018

After nearly five years of litigation, the Ninth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals recently published its judgment in the case of Williams v Gaye.[1] Decision The court upheld a verdict of copyright infringement against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke over the best-selling song of 2013, Blurred Lines.  It found that the writers had copied… Read more »

EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT – WINTER BRIEFING – FEBRUARY 2018

February 27, 2018

Welcome to the Employment Department Winter Briefing 2018. In this edition we look at: GDPR FOR EMPLOYERS: WILL YOU BE READY? #METOO – IS IT TIME TO REVIEW YOUR ANTI-HARASSMENT AND BULLYING POLICY? EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL FEES – GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN… If you would like to discuss any of the points raised, please get in touch… Read more »

“Homemade” limitation clause re-construed

February 19, 2018

Limitation of liability is invariably a key point of negotiation in any contract.  Each party – alive to the fact that things can and often do go wrong in commercial relationships – seeks to limit its potential exposure as far as possible and/or (where the more likely to suffer damage) to maximise the losses it can… Read more »

Spotify moves for a direct listing

February 5, 2018

At the end of December, music streaming leader Spotify filed documents with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering, as reported by Axios. The documents were filed confidentially utilising the “stealth filing option”, a new process introduced by the SEC in July intended to make the listing process more efficient.  Companies,… Read more »

Proposed changes to EIS and SEIS tax incentives

January 30, 2018

As you may be aware, there has recently been some discussion around proposed changes to EIS and SEIS tax incentives for investments in smaller companies. In particular with regard to the new rule called ‘The Risk To Capital Requirement’. This has been of particular interest to the film and TV industry but will also be… Read more »

Drinking and wishful thinking

January 30, 2018

The High Court has dismissed a claim that during a conversation in a London pub, a binding agreement was reached for Michael Ashley to pay £15 million to the “wishful thing” consultant Jeffrey Blue in return for increasing Sports Direct’s share price. Business impact A contract can be made anywhere in any circumstances – that… Read more »