With the festive season underway and office parties planned, we want to help you avoid the legal hangover for many red-faced employees following Christmas festivities with their employer.
In our previous update, we discussed online sales restrictions and how these were being treated in both UK and EU competition law. Last week, the ECJ handed down its decision in the Coty v Akzente case and affirmed that luxury brands are allowed to restrict online sales through selective distribution clauses in contracts, in order to protect brand image.
This update on the Planning (Scotland) Bill considers proposals to allow planning authorities to proactively encourage development through the prior grant of planning permission and other consents in designated Simplified Development Zones (SDZs). Of course the SDZ proposals are subject to amendment as the Bill passes through the Scottish Parliament.
Christmas is a time of year for families to enjoy together. For separated parents, however, the reality can be one of a logistical nightmare before Christmas. Our Family Law team outlines 12 top tips to keep in mind throughout the festive period.
The Scottish Government has introduced the Planning (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament. The Bill sets out proposed reforms to the Scottish planning system and is the product of a review process that started in September 2015. The aim was to strengthen and simplify the planning system such that it comes an enabler of high quality development, supporting the delivery of housing and infrastructure and actively encouraging community involvement.
The internet and social media allow everyone to communicate more easily and more widely than ever before. However, Scotland’s defamation laws do not reflect the way in which information can be circulated to a mass audience at the click of a button.
The court process for determining a liquidator’s remuneration is relatively straightforward. The liquidator submits his accounts to the court who then appoints a court reporter (i.e. an independent accountant, typically an insolvency practitioner) to examine and audit the accounts. The reporter then reports back to the court on a suitable remuneration for the liquidator. Seems simple! But what exactly is the role of the reporter and how does he or she determine what is a suitable remuneration?
Over the last few years, the European Commission has put more resources into uncovering “the supreme evil of antitrust” – cartels. This month, the Commission fined five undertakings for participating in up to four cartels for the supply of car seatbelts and airbags. All five Japanese suppliers settled with the Commission, in return for a reduced fine, for their role in the cartels which targeted European car manufacturers.