Legal News - September 2013

Preparing for the new Waste Electrical and Electronic Regulations

How welcome are the proposed Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recast Directive and changes to the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) system? Eluned Watson of Pinsent Mason comments on the industry’s wide-ranging views on the proposals.

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Unusual licensing agreements—sweet deal or potential toothache?

What advantages and disadvantages do agreements such as the surprising partnership between Google and KitKat bring with them? Sarah Wright, partner at Olswang LLP warns that these are not without risk and considers what should be kept in mind when drafting such licensing agreements.

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Mobile banking risks

Consumers using mobile banking face a variety of potential risks, including fraud, malicious software, IT meltdowns and ‘fat finger’ style errors according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Rhys Williams, partner in the commercial technology team at Taylor Vinters LLP, considers the FCA’s review to make mobile banking services more secure.

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What rights do interns and short-term workers have?

It was recently reported that a London-based intern at Bank of America had died after working until 6am for three consecutive days. German born Moritz Erhardt was approaching the end of his seven-week internship when he collapsed at his accommodation. His death has led to increased concerns over the amount of hours interns work at investment banks. Mr Erhardt reportedly collapsed from exhaustion. Chris Tutton, associate in the Irwin Mitchell employment team in London, considers employers’ duties in the context of whether UK employment laws are equipped to deal with the dangers of the pressure of long hours cultures.

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Considering employee shareholder schemes

The new employment status of employee shareholder was brought into effect on 1 September 2013 by the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 (Commencement No 3 and Savings) Order 2013 SI 2013/1766. In Considering employee shareholder schemes, Bruce Caldow of Harper Macleod says businesses who decide to offer such status to employees will have greater flexibility in restructuring and greater certainty of termination costs.

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The commercial implications of international disputes

As the Gibraltar row over border controls continues, Antonio Suarez-Martinez, a partner in the Commercial Litigation team at Edwards Wildman, discusses the long-standing tensions between Spain and the UK over the island, the impact the current dispute is having on business, and the UK government’s legal options.

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