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Merger control for rail franchises
  • Dentons
  • United Kingdom
  • October 7 2015

In March 2013, the Department for Transport announced its new procurement programme for rail franchises. Since then, seven franchises have been

When will the Pensions Regulator intervene in a funding dispute? Rare case study indicates Regulator’s approach
  • Addleshaw Goddard LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 6 2015

The Pensions Regulator has taken the rare step of publishing a case study illustrating how and when it will intervene if a scheme's employer and

Employment law commentary, September 2015
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • United Kingdom, USA
  • October 2 2015

The short answer to the question is, “Not yet.” Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. expanded the definition of joint employer under the

A note of caution for franchise businesses: 'commercial common sense' under the spotlight
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • September 29 2015

A recent Supreme Court decision has sounded a note of caution for franchise businesses regarding the role of 'commercial common sense' in

Defined benefit - Pensions Regulator practice update
  • Macfarlanes LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 24 2015

The approach of the Pensions Regulator has always been to guide and coax and to treat its formal powers as a last resort. Its report in relation to

Franchisors beware: standard-form limitations of liability under Unfair Contract Terms Act
  • Fieldfisher
  • United Kingdom
  • September 22 2015

English law franchise agreements commonly contain exemption clauses seeking to limit or exclude the franchisor's liability to a franchisee. The

The Competition and Markets Authority's consultation on "competition in passenger rail services in Great Britain"
  • Dentons
  • United Kingdom
  • August 13 2015

On 17 July 2015, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its consultation document regarding competition in passenger rail services in

Being part of the crowd: mini-bonds and crowdfunding for franchise growth
  • Fieldfisher
  • United Kingdom
  • July 14 2015

The development and growth of franchise networks rely on the availability of accessible funding. When a business is ready to expand whether

Tribunal tackles contingent discounts and finds HMRC wanting
  • RPC
  • United Kingdom
  • May 27 2015

The FTT has concluded, in Kumon Educational UK Company Ltd v HMRC, that a reward payment made by a company to its franchiseeinstructor should be

Marvel at the movies: how not to license your IP
  • BrookStreet des Roches LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 21 2015

With the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" has become the highest grossing movie franchise of all-time. However