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Trade secrets: will the trade secrets directive deliver a unified approach across the EU?
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • European Union, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom
  • January 18 2016

The European Parliament and EU Council have agreed the terms of a Trade Secrets Directive that aims to harmonise the definition and protection of


Tort of inducement to breach of contract requires actual knowledge and an intention to interfere
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 23 2007

The House of Lords (HL) has delivered a significant decision on the scope of economic torts and, in particular, the distinction between the tort of procuring a breach of contract and the tort of unlawful interference


UK: Disability discrimination: cases highlight recruitment risks for employers in relation to references and interview
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 18 2015

Where a prospective employer receives an unsatisfactory reference about an applicant's suitability for a role, in circumstances where they have been


Global employment pensions and incentives bulletin - November 2015
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • China, European Union, France, Germany, Indonesia, USA, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
  • November 20 2015

With the global economy still in flux and the speed of recovery varying across temporal and geographic dimensions, it is a brave or foolish person


UK: Autumn statement: employment law announcements
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 18 2015

The Autumn Statement by the Chancellor on 25 November 2015 included the following: The apprenticeship levy will be introduced in April 2017 at a rate


Korean construction newsletter - Issue 2
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • South Korea, United Kingdom
  • October 4 2013

We hope you find this issue of the Newsletter helpful and interesting. In this edition, we take a look at the meaning of "completion"; and practical


Offset of rolled-up holiday pay
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 3 2008

Payments of rolled-up holiday pay can be set off against an employee's entitlement to statutory paid holiday even though the precise amount of salary allocated to holiday pay is not identified upfront in an employment contract


Can your agency workers claim to be your employees?
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 13 2008

The Court of Appeal has provided welcome reassurance that agency workers will rarely be able to claim employment rights against an end-user, provided the end-user treats them appropriately


Mesothelioma claims to be considered a lost cause for defendants where there has been culpable exposure
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • March 15 2011

A seven member panel of the Supreme Court has held in Karen Sienkiewicz (Administratix of the Estate of Enid Costello Deceased) v Greif (UK) Limited; Knowsley MBC v Willmore 2011 UKSC 10 that any culpable exposure to asbestos which is not insignificant will be sufficient causation to allow a claim


Employers may take expired disciplinary warnings into account in some circumstances
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • March 5 2008

An employer can take into account prior misconduct for which a disciplinary warning has expired when deciding whether to dismiss for similar misconduct, if that misconduct in itself warrants dismissal