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‘Employment Status’ Euphemism Disguised Race Discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace comes in many guises, not all of which are obvious at first sight. In one case, an Employment Tribunal (ET) identified an unusual example in the form of a policy that resulted in workers who were perceived as having uncertain immigration status being paid less than their peers. The case concerned an Indian national who had...

Audio Equipment Manufacturer in Cross-Border Trade Marks Tussle

Cross-border intellectual property disputes can raise tricky jurisdictional issues and such difficulties were put into high relief by the case of a British audio equipment manufacturer that accused a Spanish company of violating its UK trade marks. The manufacturer launched proceedings in England, alleging that its Spanish rival had infringed its UK trade marks...

Does Increasing Market Complexity Benefit Consumers? High Court Ponders

The emergence of ever more complex trading algorithms has enabled once simple markets to become increasingly sophisticated and, in an important decision relating to the market in holiday timeshare exchanges, the High Court has analysed the impact of such developments on consumers. The case concerned a company that provided a service to timeshare owners whereby...

Cheating in Casinos Does Not Require Dishonesty Court of Appeal Rules

In a decision of crucial importance to anyone involved in the gaming industry, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a professional card player who won £7.7 million at the baccarat table was cheating – despite the fact that he was not dishonest. The player and an associate achieved the winnings by engaging in ‘edge sorting’, a technique which involves the...

Supreme Court Underlines Confidentiality Duties of Public Officials

Public officials, particularly the tax authorities, frequently come into possession of sensitive and private information about individuals and a landmark Supreme Court ruling has underlined their overriding duty to respect confidentiality rights. The case concerned the founder and chief executive of an investment and advisory group that specialised in promoting...