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Rahul Batra named as UK TOP RATED Solicitor

We are proud to announce that Rahul Batra, Managing Partner at the firm’s London offices has been named as UK Top Rated! He qualified as Top Rated as a result of all the glowing reviews written by his clients on VouchedFor.co.uk, the leading review site for professionals. This rating affirms that Rahul is among the

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Landlords just got more tied with the Deregulation Act 2015

September 22, 2015 | Latest Thinking, News, Private Clients

The Deregulation Act 2015 (Deregulation Act) provides for some new limitations imposed on notices issued by virtue of section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (Housing Act). The new legislation makes it harder for landlords to issue a Section 21 Notice, which means better protection for tenants. The relevant provisions from the Deregulation Act are

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Is there a new career tip for women: An unattractive profile picture?

The recent heated discussion in the legal profession, or even the nation, is still on the controversial LinkedIn photo comment made by a Partner in a law firm, Alexander Carter-Silk at Barrister Charlotte Proudman. This action is prima facie another incident where sexism occurs too casually, yet it has more to tell about the current

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Firm’s Associate Tanya Preston spends a day at Hackney Community Transport Hub as part of commitment to CSR

September 11, 2015 | News

As part of Hudson McKenzie’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and community at large, on Friday 4th September one of our associates Tanya Preston spent the day with a fantastic team carrying out remedial works at the Hackney Community Transport Hub (HCT) arranged by East London Community Alliance. The HCT’s drivers work long hours transporting

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National Living Wage- Employers are you prepared?

September 11, 2015 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in his announcement of the 2015 Budget, put forward National Living Wage (NLW) that is to be implemented in April 2016. NLW is expected to bring higher nationwide wages to all employees who are aged 25 or above on top of the National Minimum Wage in place. It

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Sweden to offer permanent residence to all Syrian refugees while Germany bars their entry

September 9, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Syrian Civil War is an ongoing armed conflict taking place in Syria. The state of unrest began in early 2011 as a result of the Arab Spring protests and the conflict eventually transitioned from protests into an armed rebellion. As of April 2015, there have been estimates of the death toll exceeding 310,000. In

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The Modern Slavery Act 2015- Are you prepared?

September 4, 2015 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Act) is expected to come into full operation in October 2015, and large enterprises are given an extra duty under the Act to ensure no slavery or human trafficking happens in its course of business. The enactment of the Act shows the government’s determination to combat against such problems, and

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Changes to Tier 2 General Limit

September 4, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Home Office is proposing to change the operation of the Tier 2 (General) limit to maximise the number of places which can be allocated each month, within the overall annual limit of 20,700. The Tier 2 (General) limit was first introduced in April 2011 and applies to Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS).  RCoS are

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What has the new Consumer Rights Act got in store for you?

September 1, 2015 | Company/Commercial, Latest Thinking, News

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA) received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 and will come into operation on 1 October 2015. It is a legislation that consolidates and makes changes to the current regime of consumer protection law in the UK, including but not limited to the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982

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EU Trademark Registration only for “EU Business”

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (“Court”), in their recent judgment for the case of The Sofa Workshop Ltd v Sofaworks Ltd, has clarified on certain criteria for a trademark to be eligible for registration under EU Regulation 207/2009 (“Regulation”). What is more important from this case is its implication on whether a trademark should be

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Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) publishes report on Tier 2 salary thresholds

August 18, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On 13 August 2015, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its report pertaining to in-depth analysis on salary thresholds under the Tier 2 route of the Points Based System (PBS). A little while back in June 2015, the MAC was commissioned by the government to undertake a review of and address the concerns surrounding the

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Do you depend on global talent to fulfill your recruitment needs?

August 17, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The media has of late been overwhelmed with stories of businesses having to make difficult decisions regarding human capital and finding it hard to acquire and retain appropriate levels of talent. Many industries including Engineering, IT and Oil & Gas – have been hit particularly hard. With so much activity taking place in certain sectors,

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Call for Evidence by MAC vis-à-vis Tier 2 category of the Points Based System

August 11, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On 10 June 2015, the Home Secretary commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) to undertake a review of the Tier 2 route of the Points Based System. In 2014, the number of main applicants and dependant family members entering the UK under all of the Tier 2 categories combined, totalled 151,659. In an effort to

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Changes to UK Visas & Immigration Online Application Service

August 10, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The UKVI Online Application Service is improving how applicants in the UK and abroad can apply to enter or remain in the UK. The Service is accessed via GOV.UK and offers a more intuitive online application form and payment process. The Service is being delivered to both in-country and out-of-country customers. Over 160,000 applications have

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Right to Privacy vs Freedom of Expression

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), through its judgment delivered on 21 July 2015 on the case of Satakunnan Markkinaporssi Oy and Satamedia Oy v. Finland, reiterated the position of the court on cases that concern competing interests between right of an individual’s privacy and journalistic freedom of expression. Background of the Case Satakunnan

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