July 3, 2018

Welcome to the Employment Department Summer Briefing 2018. In this edition we look at: HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE: ARE THE TABLES TURNING? SHARED PARENTAL LEAVE – EQUAL TO MATERNITY LEAVE? PART-TIME WORKERS – PUBLIC AND BANK HOLIDAYS If you would like to discuss any of the points raised, please get in touch with a member… Read more »

Spotify makes stock market debut

May 29, 2018

Spotify began trading on 3 April, when 5.6 million shares were exchanged at $165.90 per share.  That effectively valued the company at around $29 billion.  As the day went on, the share price decreased and the company would ultimately close its first day of trading at $149.01 per share – more than 10% lower than… Read more »

Court of Appeal dismisses Quixotic contractual construction

May 29, 2018

In a case about Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal about an option over rights in Terry Gilliam’s film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.  The court confirmed that a reference to the director’s involvement in the definition of the “Works” under option was not a mere… Read more »

Simkins LLP Partner Appointments

May 1, 2018

Simkins LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of two partners with effect from today, 1 May 2018. Eleanor Steyn is promoted to Partner in our Disputes group.  Eleanor specialises in complex media/entertainment, reputation protection and commercial disputes and has developed a practice that encompasses copyright, performers’ rights, passing off/false endorsement, defamation, privacy and harassment. … Read more »

Simkins LLP and ReBalance

April 18, 2018

Simkins LLP is proud to announce that it is an official partner of ReBalance: a programme developed by Festival Republic and the PRS Foundation to address gender imbalance within the music industry. To see the full press release, and read about how Commercial group Associate, Jessie Merwood, will be supporting the ReBalance candidates, please click… 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 »