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Zero hour contracts: Zero hope?

‘Zero hour’ contracts are becoming an increasingly popular form of employment. In what circumstances should they be used, and should the government reform the law on these potentially exploitative contracts? Or instead of reform, should the government seek to better educate people?

13:01, 14th December 2013
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The Parent-Subsidiary Directive: Closing the Loophole

The tax avoidance of companies such as Google, Amazon and Starbucks brought to light in the last year show how these vast companies are able to exploit their transnational status to reduce their tax liabilities. However the EU has recently attempted to close an increasingly popular loophole.

12:47, 10th December 2013
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Freedom of Design: Should 'simplicity' be protected?

Last week some finality was finally brought to the first round of the Apple v Samsung disputes when a US court handed down final judgement on the amount of damages due to Apple for the breach of numerous patents. However, should these damages have been awarded, can Apple really protect simplicity?

13:08, 1st December 2013
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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - Realistic?

Last week was the second round of talks between the European Union and the United States to try to create a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), in an attempt to reduce trade barriers between the two major markets. However is the removal of trade barriers realistic?

14:02, 30th November 2013
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The Consumer Rights Bill: Progression or Regression?

The Consumer Rights Bill: A piece of legislation which aims to modernise and simplify consumer protection law whilst clarifying consumer rights. However are the proposed changes effective in achieving these aims, and have consumers rights been fairly balanced with those of industry?

12:40, 27th November 2013
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Recent Decisions Avail to Clarify 'Piercing the Corporate Veil'

The Supreme Court has recently brought some clarification to the corporate veil principle. Lord Sumption suggested in Prest that the veil would only be lifted where separate legal identity has been used for the purpose of fraud.

12:45, 23rd November 2013
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A Case Study: Are patents a help or hindrance to innovation?

Criticism of patent systems around the world has been rife in the last few years, so much so it is getting to a point where many are beginning to question the benefits patents actually bring to innovation. Whilst patents have in recent years been abused, they do have significant benefits.

12:06, 18th November 2013
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Employee Shareholders - Would You Sell Your Rights?

The John Lewis Model works for John Lewis, but can it work for other employers? On 1st September 2013 s205A Employment Rights Act 1996 came into force in an effort to introduce a new form of employee status. This provision has attracted a great deal of criticism, but why?

12:07, 15th November 2013
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Data Privacy: Due Diligence Due?

Following Edward Snowden's recent disclosures of top secret data surveillance programs, public awareness regarding data privacy has skyrocketed. However this controversy has prompted misguided assumptions about where data is 'safe'.

12:57, 13th November 2013
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OfWhat? Are Regulators Protecting Consumers Sufficiently?

Ofwat, the UK's water industry regulator was recently asked to keep control of water prices. However this advice seems to have been sent to the wrong regulatory authority, it should have been sent to Ofgem.

12:11, 12th November 2013
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