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Tribunal Tackles Import Duty Status of Smart Watch Straps

The advance of modern technology creates product classes that could never have been envisaged by past legislators. In one case that illustrated the difficulties in keeping pace with change, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) was called upon to consider the import duty status of straps that are employed to attach smart watches to users’ wrists. HMRC took the view...

High Court Pierces Corporate Veil in Big Money Divorce Case

Legal and beneficial ownership of company shares are two very different concepts and, as one case strikingly showed, family judges have the power to look behind the corporate veil in ensuring a fair division of assets between divorcing couples. The case concerned a group of companies that had been established by a highly successful businessman. A restructuring...

Byzantine Environmental Protection Rules ‘A Nightmare’ Say Judges

The pressure is on the government to simplify Byzantine environmental protection rules after the Court of Appeal described their interpretation as ‘a nightmare’. The Court made its comments as it overturned a recycling company’s convictions for failing to comply with a condition attached to an environmental permit. The company operated a site at which...

Client Connections ‘Are Not Assets’, Court of Appeal Rules

Client connections built up over a working life are certainly valuable, but the ability to take customers with you from one job to another is not in itself an ‘asset’, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a case of particular interest to the financial services industry. The case concerned a team of experienced professionals who had moved from a bank to an...

Holiday Pay and Unearned Commission – British Gas Refused Right to Appeal

Last year, the Court of Appeal upheld the view of the Employment Tribunal (ET) and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that the Working Time Regulations 1998 can be interpreted so as to conform with EU law in respect of holiday pay (British Gas Trading Limited v Lock and Another). Mr Lock’s normal pay included a commission based on sales in the previous...

The Legal Issues of removing videos from Youtube, Facebook and Twitter

The legal issues of removing video content from Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media Josiah Hincks’ Intellectual Property Solicitors in Leicester, were recently instructed on an urgent basis to seek the removal of a video from Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media sites. We successfully had the offending video removed...