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Award of Baby Deaths Research Contract Just Can’t Wait

Lengthy hiatuses are often the unfortunate result of disputes over the award of public contracts, but some of them are simply too important to be delayed. That was so in one case concerning a major research project to find out why stillbirths and deaths of new-born babies are more common in Britain than elsewhere in the developed world. On behalf of the...

Hairdresser Pays for Violating Share Purchase Covenants

Share purchase agreements commonly contain restrictive covenants and the courts are showing an increasing willingness to enforce them to the hilt. In one case, a hairdresser who sold her business, but later established a rival salon nearby, was hit with a High Court injunction and a six-figure legal costs bill. The award-winning hairdresser had run three...

‘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...