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We have recently been contacted by a number of very concerned News of the World employees …or should we say ex-NoTW employees.

Rocked by yesterday’s shocking developments, News of the World employees are now not only acutely concerned for their immediate future, but are also distressed about the potential long term career damage that may suffer by being, as they see it, unjustly tainted by the acts of others.

News of the World employees are angered that they are effectively being scape-goated and punished when they have done no wrong.

PC World – Repair Policy, Customer Service and the Sale and Supply of Goods to Consumers Regulations 2002

pcworld and the sale of goods actI have had a run in with PC World.

They will not replace a faulty computer.

PC World, I note from my internet research today, has been described by others as ‘Like Hell, but with worse customer service.’

I cannot say whether this is true as I have not yet had the pleasure  of visiting Hell, but my experience of PC World in Charlton has reduced me to an infernal despair.

It appears from my web research today that I am not alone in my despair. In the hope that it may assist others, here is the text of my letter before action I have crafted to the MD of DSG Retail who own PC World, and, I believe, Currys.

‘It’s an App, App, ‘Appy Day!’

The Law is an App.

At least, trade mark law now is…

Three days ago, we launched our first mobile application for iPhone and Blackberry:  NameSearch TM Legal.

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If you are reading this on an iPhone or BB, you can download the App free from the above link.

You can also read the review in the AppStore.

namesearch for iPhoneNameSearch TM Legal helps you protect your trade marks, business names, product names, logos and brands and is designed as a resource tool for brand consultants, creative agencies, designers, NPD specialists, marketing executives and entrepreneurs.

Silverman Sherliker HR Services Launched

 

Dave Thompson heads to head up Silverman Sherliker HR Services HR Expert, David Thompson, has joined Silverman Sherliker to head up Silverman Sherliker Specialist HR Services, a dedicated HR Specialist service

The service will provide front-line HR advice and resources to complement the legal services offered by the firm’s extremely busy employment team.  
 

Innovative Client Benefit

Senior Employment Partner, Nicholas Lakeland, explains how this innovative step will benefit clients:

Silverman Sherliker can now provide an integrated and complete HR Service thus assisting clients with practical advice and on site assistance whilst also being able to offer Employment Law advice as and when required. Our HR consultants are available to undertake regular weekly or monthly first-line human resources support on a retained basis or to deal with on one-off projects as may be required.    The services are flexible and can readily be tailored tosuit a client’s requirements.”

Developing Ninja Lawyer Skills

As I was dancing an idle fly across my corruscating Twitterstream a few days ago, I hooked a tweet from @idealawg on mindfulness for lawyers. It struck a chord. I RT’d it immediately with a deft roll-cast, thus:

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The University of Miami Law School is teaching law students the art of mindfulness for lawyers  offering its students what it calls ‘a robust contemplative practices offering’ and, a few days ago, The Florida Bar News publicised a Mindfulness Program designed to help lawyers to ‘live in the moment’ on the thesis that contemplative practices for lawyers are key for the effective study and practice of the law.

Green Beliefs? You Are Fired!

GoGreen-main_FullNot anymore. Yesterday, Sir Michael Burton made a ground-breaking ruling in the UK Employment Tribunal that the claimant’s “green beliefs” deserved as much protection in the workplace as that accorded to religious views. 

But when does a belief become ‘a philosophical belief’ of the kind that may give rise to a discrimination claim?

Nick Lakeland was interviewed live recently on Candian Radio(the Dave Rutherford Show) and you can hear the entire interview  here.

Tim Nicholson claimed that he was unfairly made redundant from his position as Head of Sustainability at Grainger (apparently the UK’s largest residential landlord) and that he was discriminated against because of his beliefs about man-made climate change.

Business Legal Security: 50 Point Check-list

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This is a non-exhaustive 50 point checklist designed to help you avoid some very common legal pitfalls and maximise the legal security of your business.

  1. Make sure that legal ownership assets used in the business are actually owned by the business.
  2. Get written copyright assignments from designers, authors, software and web developers and appropriate warranties of originality.
  3. Check the terms and conditions of third party suppliers of services to ensure you legally own any deliverables they create.
  4. Do not rely on a terminable licence for key business assets; take an assignment or a perpetual royalty-free licence.

Thinking of Retiring? Forget it!

retirementLots in the news today about everyone having to work longer before getting their State Pension.

Not entirely unexpected as the present Government has already laid plans to make us struggle at the coal face until men hit 66 and women 65.

But that was all before billions were paid to shore up our banking system and the next Government, of whatever hue, is going to have to deal with a massive black hole in the country’s finances. Pensions are one of the biggest problems (and don’t get me started on workplace pension schemes – a topic for another day!).

Twervice by Tweet….and the Sub Judice Rule

Twitter_256x256The High Court in London willingly concludes that UK legal proceedings can validly be served….by Tweet!

Already dubbed the Blaney Blarney Order, a UK Court held yesterday that an injunction restraining a Twitter imposter posing as an established Twitter blogger and right-wing political commentator could be served on the impostor using Twitter. Seasoned Tweeters like @London_Law_Firm will just shrug and say “So? …Why not! Perfectly sensible”.

After all, legal proceedings may be served by email and by fax.

It is amusing that a social web medium with such an inconsequential name as ‘Twitter’ should so quickly become a recognised part of the social and legal fabric of society and enshirined as such By Order of the Court!

Fired? You Must be Furious!

compromise-agreements-feeligsAs of Monday, injured feelings will cost UK employers a lot more!

Employees who are unfairly dismissed, particularly in discrimination cases, often get an ‘injury to feelings’ award.

The case establishing the principle was the well-known 2005 case of Vento -v- Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.

There has been considerable debate since 2005 as to whether an ‘injury to feeling’ award should be index-linked to allow for inflation. Employment Lawyers have assumed they should be and their views have been confirmed in the Employment Appeal Tribunal case of Da’Bell -v- NSPCC which has just been decided in past 2 days.

Good Business Legal Advice: Open Questions…Early Review

At Silverman Sherliker, we specialise in giving good, timely, business legal advice. Entrepreneurship is in the DNA of the firm. Our clients like that approach.

Getting good business legal advice is easy but you do need to ask for it and, most importantly, you need to ask for it EARLY. So whether it is a new start-up, a commercial investment or a new collaborative initiative -get yourself over here as early on in your project as you reasonably can.

Legal Advice On Selling A Business

I’ve acted for various clients recently who have sold their businesses and companies, some for many millions of pounds, and I have been astounded by the extremely high levels of risk, often personal risk, that some sellers seem quite content to take on board when they sell.

The terms that some sellers are currently prepared to accept are nothing short of suicidal in some cases.

Some sellers are indeed rushing to sell their businesses like lemmings and are seemingly quite prepared to do so on terms that, quite frankly, verge on the lunatic.