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 »

The General Data Protection Regulation: what to expect

November 10, 2017

Regardless of the success or otherwise of the government’s ongoing Brexit negotiations, European law will continue to have a significant impact in the UK, at least in terms of data protection. From 25 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will directly apply to the UK, as well as the remainder of the… Read more »

NBCUniversal loses out to insurance company over definition of ‘war’

November 10, 2017

Media giant NBCUniversal could lose $6.9 million after a California federal judge granted summary judgment to Atlantic Speciality Insurance Company in a dispute over the television series Dig. The claim revolves around Atlantic’s refusal to pay out Universal’s relocation expenses on the grounds that they were the result of ‘war’ rather than ‘terrorism’, and were… Read more »

Friday the 13th writer in fight to reclaim rights

November 10, 2017

Almost forty years after the film’s release, the scriptwriter of the original 1980 version of horror classic Friday the 13th is attempting to reclaim his rights in his treatment and the film’s screenplay. An impending decision in the United States could lead to rights in the franchise being split, resulting in the prospect of films… Read more »

Gambling crackdown

November 8, 2017

Crackdown in the online gambling sector Following increasing concerns about mistreatment of customers arising from advances in technology, the Gambling Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) have started a joint programme to improve transparency and fairness in the gambling industry. The Gambling Commission has updated its Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards to… Read more »