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Workers in England who can work from home should continue to do so until at least June 2021. Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered this news as part of his four-step plan to unlock society and cautiously bring England out of lockdown once and for all.Read more
Could the furlough scheme be extended for fifth time in a bid to avoid widespread unemployment?Read more
Buckle up if you operate in the gig economy. Today’s Supreme Court decision is expected to fundamentally re-order the entire industry.
Uber has lost its case in the highest court in the country, appealing against three earlier decisions that its drivers were workers and not self-employed.
Since 2017, in particular, we have seen cryptocurrencies skyrocket (and plummet) in value and the lure of potential colossal returns has seen them become an increasingly popular form of investment.Read more
Reach plc, the publisher of various national and regional newspapers titles, has settled a libel claim brought by the sports nutrition brand Myprotein over an April 2017 article published in The Manchester Evening News (MEN). The company sought damages of in excess of £1 million.Read more
Razi Mireskandari has been interviewed by Jason Connolly who runs “The Career Success Podcast.”Read more
Vaccine passports would be “discriminatory”; that was the soundbite from the UK minister responsible for the vaccination programme as he did the rounds on the weekend news programmes and political talk shows. But what about the workplace? Could an employer require its workers and/or consultants to get the jab before allowing them to attend employer or client premises? Particularly as a way of showing compliance with health and safety duties?Read more
SMB are very pleased to have successfully advised Kevin Kane, the founder of PHASTAR, one of the UK’s largest specialist biometrics clinical research organisations for clinical trials, on his partnership with private equity firm Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP. PHASTAR has 10 offices globally with plans for further international expansion. Charterhouse made a significant investment into PHASTAR, with Mr Kane remaining CEO and retaining a substantial stake in the business.Read more
SMB’s Film and TV Team has advised its client 42, the UK/US management and production company (Outside the Wire, Watership Down), on the production, financing and distribution arrangements for its new film Silent Twins.Read more