Employers seeking to enforce post-termination restrictions in employees' contracts of employment should act proportionately, reasonably and fairly - or they will not be successful, a ruling makes clear.
Contractors required to carry out work personally for a business client should ensure they are genuinely working for the business as an independent contractor, not as an employee, or risk the intellectual property rights (IPR) in their work automatically belonging to their client.
Employers should check if they may still automatically carry out blanket criminal conviction checks lawfully on prospective new employees, now that the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 are in force.
A party to a legally binding agreement, however informal the circumstances, should ensure they know exactly who they are contracting with, otherwise they may be unable to recover compensation or pursue any other remedy if things go wrong, as a recent case shows.
Parties to commercial agreements, including leases, should ensure the contract documents and any amendments are drafted by a specialist professional, even in what may seem relatively low-value transactions, otherwise they risk potentially disastrous consequences, as a recent case makes clear.
Employers will welcome a Court of Appeal decision which will help them decide which employee to dismiss in cases of major breakdown in working relationships between employees, where the behaviour of neither amounts to gross misconduct justifying summary dismissal - but the employees cannot work together.
Businesses and other organisations using 'bank workers' should ensure it is clear from the contracts entered into with them whether or not such workers are employees, to avoid the risk of unexpected claims - such as unfair dismissal.
Neighbours, friends and others claiming they should have been remembered in someone's will, because the will-maker considered them a 'child of the family', must show the will-maker had assumed the position of a parent to succeed in a claim. Merely using words such as 'honorary daughter' is not enough.
Trade mark owners planning to object to another trader's application to register an identical or similar trade mark should take into account whether the relevant goods or services are such that a consumer would pay 'heightened attention' when buying them, as this can reduce the likelihood of a successful objection.
Webmasters should ensure that no images or other content on their websites have been taken from other sites without permission, as this amounts to copyright infringement.