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 »

AVMS Directive Update

January 30, 2018

The proposal for an updated EU Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive (Directive) now awaits approval from European Parliament. The overarching goal of the proposal is to bring about a balance between competitiveness and consumer protection in light of recent advances in audiovisual technology.  This article will provide a reminder of the key proposed changes. Business… Read more »

BPI releases UK music consumption figures for 2017

January 23, 2018

BPI has issued a report on UK music consumption during 2017 based on Official Charts Company data.   The report reveals the fastest rate of growth in music consumption this millennium, up 9.5% on 2016, with 135.1 million albums or their equivalent streamed, purchased or downloaded. Physical The revival of vinyl continues, with 4.1 million units bought… Read more »

Influencer marketing – do’s and don’ts

January 5, 2018

It’s perfectly legal for “influencers” to be paid for endorsing a brand or product online – via social media, blogs, vlogs or other online sites.  But, if someone is paid or incentivised to post a tweet, blog or other content, the content must be labelled appropriately to comply with industry regulations and consumer protection law.… Read more »

Lost Village wins at UK Festival Awards

December 1, 2017

Simkins would like to congratulate Lost Village on winning Best Small Festival and Best Festival Production at the UK Festival Awards last night. Ed Weidman, Associate, Simkins LLP

An Employment Law Masterclass for 2018

November 28, 2017

Simkins’ Employment Law Masterclass 2018 is a half-day seminar, focusing on the most relevant employment law issues for HR practitioners and business managers in the coming year. The Masterclass will be run by our expert team of employment lawyers, together with experienced barrister, Laura Farris from Littleton Chambers.  For full details of the event please… Read more »

Autumn Budget 2017 – Relief in Sight for Entrepreneurs?

November 24, 2017

It was announced in the Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017 that the government will consult on how Entrepreneurs’ Relief could be provided to those shareholders who, as a result of their company issuing new shares in order to raise funds for commercial purposes, have had their shareholding reduced to below the 5% qualifying level.… Read more »

High Court confirms TV formats can be protected as dramatic works

November 23, 2017

The High Court has confirmed that TV formats are arguably capable of being protected as dramatic works, as long as they contain, as a minimum, a sufficient number of distinguishing features connected in a coherent framework that can be repeatedly applied, so as to enable the TV show to be reproduced in recognisable form.  On the… Read more »