Contracts & Rights

Putting off the competition

Drafting effective restrictive covenants in a law firm’s partnership deed is vital to protect the firm against team moves which can be catastrophic, says Jennifer Haywood

Law Commission confirms validity of electronic signatures

The Law Commission has confirmed that electronic signatures can be used to execute documents and are, in most cases, a viable alternative to handwritten ones.

Whistling to a funder’s tune?

Different types of litigation funding can influence a claimant’s choice of venue, adding to the complexity of their decision making, explain Ben Pilbrow and Ruth Manson

Taylor Review: The work starts now

David Widdowson discusses the recommendations of the report on modern employment practice and whether this will be enough to bring UK regulations up to date with the gig economy

Ashley wins court case over £15m pub deal

No evidence to suggest Sports Direct owner concludes deals outside of senior management meetings, says judge

Religious dress in the workplace: Achbita and Bougnaoui reconsidered

It is hard to reconcile the CJEU’s recent decisions on religious dress in the workplace with a genuine commitment to preventing discrimination, writes Paul Stanley QC

The gig economy and workers’ rights

As flexible business models become more widespread, the law needs to be simplified to provide easier ways to determine the working status of an individual, says Chris Cook