In-house news vlog: including the Queen's Speech and latest TUPE case - July 2015

In-house news vlog: including the Queen's Speech and latest TUPE case - July 2015

July video newscast now live, click image below to view.

This month we cover corporate and commercial, competition, employment, advertising & marketing, intellectual property, financial services and consumer news. Here are some of this month's highlights...

Corporate & Commercial: Queens Speech

When the Queen delivered her speech at the State Opening of Parliament in May, there were a number of bills announced of particular interest to business. The Investigatory Powers Bill; will look to modernise the law on communications data and according to the Government will 'address ongoing capability gaps that are severely degrading the ability of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat terrorism and other serious crime.’
Other Bills announced in the speech cover a proposed five-year freeze on increases in VAT, income tax and national insurance contributions.

Tune into the full story from 00:20.

Employment: Jinks v London Borough of Havering

This case raises an important point concerning TUPE legislation.  Havering Council contracted Saturn Leisure to operate an ice rink and a car park. Saturn then sub-contracted the car park work to Regal Car Parks. The Council terminated the contract with Saturn and took the management of the car park back in-house.  The Claimant in this case, was the director of both Saturn and Regal, he claimed his employment should have transferred under TUPE from Regal to Havering Council.

Tune into the full story from 03:55.

Consumer: Mr Lee v Ashers Bakery

This case was probably the biggest legal news story from last month. Mr Lee had ordered an iced cake and supplied his company logo along with the caption ‘Support Gay Marriage’. Ashers Bakery subsequently advised Mr Lee that his order would not be fulfilled as the bakery was a Christian business and felt they could not promote a campaign which they disagreed with.

Tune into the full story from 09.10.

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Iain founded Radius Law in September 2013 which has been designed to meet the exacting standards that Iain had of his law firms during his time as an in-house counsel.


Iain’s in-house career spans 14 years with the 7 years from 2006 to 2013 being the General Counsel and Chief Compliance officer for the Mercedes-Benz UK Group. In this role he led a team of 18 staff.
Iain has previously been recognised in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report as a thought leader in legal management. He has spoken regularly and had published articles particularly on how to measure legal value.

Aside from legal management, Iain has significant expertise in regulatory work, particularly competition law and anti-bribery. Iain has led the implementation of large scale compliance programmes and also managed regulatory investigations.

Outside of the day job Iain has a passion for community projects and has been a non-executive director of a housing association and also established a debt advice centre. This social conscious approach continues in Radius Law with a bold commitment to pay 10% of profits to charity.