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  • First UK Supreme Court Decision on Restrictive Covenants for 100 years

    The Supreme Court in the UK, the highest court in the country, last week ruled on a restrictive covenant case for the first time in 100 years [Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd [2019] UKSC 32 (3 July 2019)]. It has clarified important points on interpretation, the key takeaway being it will now be easier for...

  • Setting the Stage – Myths and Misunderstandings of Modern Slavery and Business

    By Rachel Bernasconi, Paul Cutrone, Ameena Majid, and Peter Talibart Seyfarth Synopsis: This is the first in a series of blogs dealing with modern slavery where we explore how companies can get ahead of the curve of the quickly changing legal landscape by educating themselves on their connection to this issue. Seyfarth has been very active...

  • Brexit: UK Parliament Votes to Delay Departure

    By: Deirdre M. Murphy The following is directed to organizations with a presence in the UK or who anticipate the need to place talent at a UK work site. Seyfarth Shaw’s Global Mobility Practice hosts attorneys licensed to practice in the UK, Canada, Ireland and Germany. The group has the capability to assist clients with...

  • UK Adopts New Trade Secrets Legislation

    As a special feature of our blog—guest postings by experts, clients, and other professionals—please enjoy this blog entry from Jeremy Morton, Partner at Harbottle & Lewis LLP, London, UK. For the first time ever, we have UK-wide legislation that concerns the protection of confidential information. Modifying its approach in light of a recent consultation exercise,...

  • UK’s ICO Explains Its Data Protection Enforcement Powers

    Today, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), the UK data protection authority, released for public comment its draft “Regulatory Action Policy,” a document in which the ICO seeks to set forth its objectives in taking regulatory action, present its new investigatory and enforcement powers, and explain how it aims to use them. The comment period will...

  • UK Reveals Its Future Approach to Trade Secrets

    As a special feature of our blog—guest postings by experts, clients, and other professionals—please enjoy this blog entry from Jeremy Morton, Partner at Harbottle & Lewis LLP, London, UK. The UK government has finally launched a consultation on its proposed “Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc) Regulations 2018,” in advance of the June 9, 2018, deadline to...

  • The Week in Weed: May 19, 2017

    Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana. Senators from both parties try to ease banking for marijuana businesses (Reuters UK: Financial Services and Real Estate, 18 May 2017) WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic senators on Wednesday renewed their drive to...

  • U.K. Parliament Passes Brexit Bill

    Seyfarth Synopsis: The UK Parliament has passed the EU Withdrawal Bill, paving the way for the Government to invoke Article 50, the mechanism for leaving the European Union, by the end of March 2017.  On March 13, 2017, the UK Parliament passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.  The Bill’s purpose is to allow...

  • Financial Services – Preparing Your Global Workforce for the New UK Whistleblowing Rules

    By Paul Whinder and Tessa Cranfield Seyfarth Synopsis: The trend of increased regulation of the financial services industry continues apace in the UK with the recent introduction of mandatory rules on whistleblowing governance. . New rules on whistleblowing have come into effect which impact certain Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) regulated...

  • First United Kingdom Decision on Tweeting in Workplace

    Season’s Tweetings In the first UK high court decision on tweeting, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that dismissal of an employee for offensive posts on his private twitter account could potentially justify termination under the UK’s unfair dismissal rules. The employee was dismissed after a colleague raised an anonymous complaint about the content of...

  • International Update: Recent Decisions by UK Courts Highlight Protection of Confidential and Proprietary Information in Employment Context — Part I

    By Peter Talibart, Dan Hart, and Georgina McAdam As many employers have experienced, guarding against misuse of confidential and proprietary information by former employees can be a challenge in an increasingly digitalized and globalized marketplace.  For companies with operations in the United Kingdom, recent court decisions provide some helpful guidance on protecting confidential and...

  • BRAVE NEW WORLD AFTER DUKES — JUDGE POSNER ENDORSES HYBRID CLASS ACTIONS

    By: Mark Casciari and Ian Morrison On February 24, 2012, Judge Richard Posner of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit authored a significant post-Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes class certification decision.  In McReynolds v. Merrill Lynch, No. 11-3639, the Seventh Circuit reversed the denial of class certification under Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(b)(2).  A detailed discussion of the...

  • All the Dysfunctional Immigration News That’s Fit to Print

    Today’s New York Times brims with immigration dysfunctions galore. The paper’s immigration reports tellingly underscore the front-burner role this white-hot policy issue plays in the nation and the world. In the first section alone, we see: · An open-mike faux pas by British PM Gordon Brown, referring to an immigration opponent as a “bigoted woman,”...

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