As the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into force tomorrow, 25 May, we are using our Newsletter in its new edition to highlight some of the important changes with which all businesses are having to coming to grip. As the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into force tomorrow, 25 May, we…

On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations (‘GDPR’) come into force, changing the rules regarding the way our data is collected and stored by organisations. The legislation is designed to bring data protection procedures up to date and to create a common standard across Europe. It is currently intended that the provisions of…

Interfering with another person’s contractual relationship is unlawful, and with the right legal advice, you may be able to claim appropriate compensation for loss of profit or other earnings. In a recent case, the worlds of science fiction and contract law collided, when a Star Wars fan was unlawfully prevented from beaming an interview with…

Recently, there has been an IP (Intellectual Property) dispute in the press which has caught the attention of the Reading population and its all about chicken! A firm of solicitors acting for Nando’s wrote to a local chicken business on Oxford Road, whose restaurant is named Fernando’s claiming that thier restaurant is infringing on their client’s trademark….

Promises that are relied upon to their detriment by those to whom they are made are enforceable by the courts. In one case that demonstrated this point, a daughter of a farmer who worked long hours for low pay on her family farm, after her father assured her that she would have her reward in…

Choosing a law firm to help your business is an important decision and if you think Barrett and Co in Reading might sound like a potential partner to your business, we invite you to invest 45 minutes with Martin Reynolds of our Commercial team for just £95. You will be able to walk away with…

Settlement agreements are typically offered to employees when their employer wants to terminate their contract. Often this is due to redundancy but can also be offered if an employer thinks they are performing badly or believes there is misconduct. Usually an employee is given money in return for certain conditions, including not bringing a claim…

When buying a company, professional advice is always absolutely necessary so that you have a full understanding of exactly what you are taking on. In one case that proved the point, the purchaser of part of a global management consultancy group claimed to have found itself facing millions in unexpected tax liabilities. The purchaser paid…

The owner of an office block wished to convert it into an 87-bedroom hotel and had engaged a contractor to carry out the work. The contract price was £6.67 million, but costs ballooned due to delays in the project, primarily caused by the late installation of an electrical sub-station. That, in turn, meant that commissioning…

Are so called ‘casual’ staff entitled to the panoply of rights afforded to ‘workers’ by the Employment Rights Act 1996? A tribunal grappled with that vital issue in a case concerning a pipe fitter who found a temporary job through a recruitment agency. The man began working on a building site after answering an advertisement…

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