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Development of family friendly employment law

The Children and Families Act 2014 has now received Royal Assent. The Act contains a number of employment law changes including a new system of shared parental leave and the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees. This is a continuation of the development of “family friendly” policies.


Case Update: Jack Wills' pheasant infringed by House of Fraser's pigeon

Under a recent High Court ruling, Jack Wills has successfully asserted its trade mark rights over the retail department store, House of Fraser. In this case, the pheasant trumps the pigeon.


Delayed Flights in the USA

The storms and bitter cold weather that have affected the USA and led to the delay or cancellation of thousands of flights this year have taken a financial toll.  In January 2014 49,000 flights were cancelled by US carriers, more than 4 times the number cancelled in January 2013.  Another 300,000 failed to take off on time.  February is off to a bad start with continuing bad weather disrupting flights.


Surge in Investor Visas

According to figures recently released by the UKBA, the number of Tier 1 Investor Visas issued over the last 12 months, has dramatically increased. Visas issued to Chinese citizens jumped from 95 to 171, for Americans from 19 to 66 and for Russians from 99 to 125, according to a Freedom of Information Request.


Update on Business Visitors to the UK

In recent weeks, we have some evidence that Immigration Officers have been cracking down on Business Visitors entering the UK. Moreover, they are targeting non-visa nationals, for example US citizens or Canadian nationals who do not need visas to enter the UK to visit, whether for business or leisure.  Some clients are being detained at airports for lengthy periods of time and some are then sent back on a plane.