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Business Shapers

Sharing and celebrating the knowledge, innovation and creativity that is shaping the business world

Recent posts by Business Shapers

Now & Next: Altruism

What does philanthropy look like today? Between billionaires giving away more than ever before and the creative ways encouraging the rest of us to give money, how altruistic is this new age of giving? [...]

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Corporate - 5 months ago

Invented or hidden – what was the real reason for dismissal?

In the landmark ruling of Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti, the Supreme Court has determined that in circumstances where an employee is dismissed for a reason invented by a manager that the decision-maker unwittingly goes on to adopt, the reason for the dismissal is the hidden reason, not the invented reason. Facts of the case [...]

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Employment - 6 months ago

Fraud Insights: What are “ordinary living expenses” under a freezing order?

In Vneshprombank v Bedzhamov and ors [2019] EWCA Civ 1992, the Court of Appeal has recently offered guidance on the level of spending a respondent will be allowed under a worldwide freezing order. A freezing order was granted against Mr Bedzhamov in late March 2019. As is customary, Mr Bedzhamov was permitted to spend a sum [...]

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Fraud - 7 months ago

Now & Next: Democracy

Democracy provides the framework for our modern, western world. What impact will falling trust in politicians have on the world of business? How should companies navigate political upheaval? Expert advisors can help translate the uncertainty of the future. [...]

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Dispute Resolution - 9 months ago

Fraud Insights: Worldwide freezing order continued despite allegations of delay

A recent decision of the High Court in PJSC National Bank Trust and PJSC Otkritie Bank Financial Corporation v Boris Mints and others [2019] EWHC 2061 (Comm) found that it was appropriate to continue a worldwide freezing order in circumstances where there was a good arguable case that the Defendants had used complex structures and methods, involving [...]

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Fraud - 10 months ago

A new UK defence to patent infringement? Not quite yet…

In a recent decision in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (Technetix B.V. v Teleste Limited), HHJ Hacon might have opened the door to a new so-called ‘Formstein‘ defence to patent infringement. Admittedly, the judge’s comments were obiter dicta (comments of a non-binding nature) – since the patent in suit was held invalid for want of both novelty [...]

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Intellectual Property, Technology - 1 year ago

McDonald’s fail to prove ‘genuine use’ of Big Mac trade mark

Many will have reacted with surprise at the widely reported news that McDonald’s had lost its registered EU trade mark for BIG MAC at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) following a cancellation action by Irish fast food chain, Supermac’s: Supermac’s (Holdings) Ltd v McDonald’s International Property Company Limited. Supermac’s successfully argued that BIG MAC [...]

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Intellectual Property - 1 year ago

Fake news, fake reviews: are influencers abusing their influence?

Sixteen social media stars – including celebrities such as Alexa Chung, Ellie Goulding, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Rita Ora – have provided voluntary undertakings to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to improve disclosure in their social media posts, following a CMA investigation into whether influencers are clearly disclosing paid-for endorsements. They have undertaken to make it clear [...]

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Dispute Resolution - 1 year ago

The Best of the ‘Best of Guest’ 2018

Before we kick off 2019, we wanted to share our pick of this year’s wisest words and most memorable quotes from our brilliant Business Shapers. These are the successful entrepreneurs and business people who have been interviewed by Mishcon de Reya’s Partner & Director of Business Development, Elliot Moss, on our ‘Jazz Shapers’ programme on [...]

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Jazz Shapers - 2 years ago

HMRC Employer Bulletin: navigating what constitutes a National Minimum Wage breach

HMRC have released their bi-monthly Employer Bulletin which is intended to give employers the latest information on topics and issues that may affect them. [...]

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Employment - 2 years ago

International Strategies for white-collar crime enforcement

The US Department of Justice’s (‘DOJ’) chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Unit of the Fraud Section, Daniel Kahn, has commented on the increase in international fraud investigations meaning a greater likelihood that US prosecutors will need to acquire evidence from overseas. He also indicates some of the difficulties this poses and outlines potential solutions. [...]

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White Collar Crime & Investigations - 2 years ago

Island of AI: Singapore emerges at the new tech frontier

In a recent ranking of the most cited artificial intelligence research papers, which was studded with the likes of MIT and Google, a perhaps surprising name stood out: Nanyang Technological University. In fact, the Singapore university ranked second in the top ten only to Microsoft. [...]

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Cyber, Data, Technology - 2 years ago