In Horwood v Lincolnshire County Council the EAT has upheld an employment judge’s finding that the effective date of termination (EDT) of an employee’s employment was the date that her letter of resignation was received and opened at the Council’s offices. The Council’s response stating that her resignation would ‘commence’ a few days later had no legal effect. When the decision to leave is that of the employee, the date of termination is when the employee communicates his or her decision in clear terms.
Samsung Electronics (UK) Ltd v Apple Inc. 2012 WL 1108007. Chancery Division (Ch D). Mann, J.. April 04, 2012. The High Court determined a number of issues in relation to proceedings concerning the infringement of a registered Community design for a tablet computer.
A group of around 40 businesses has turned to Bindmans in a bid to tackle the organisers of the London Olympics over compensation. Bosses at East London companies are planning a lawsuit against the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) over planned road closures and security restrictions that they claim will put hundreds of jobs at risk.
First forced marriage order. By Scottish Government. April 16, 2012. The first protection order has been issued in Scotland to protect a victim of forced marriage. The legislation, which was introduced in Scotland on November 28, 2011, is the first in the UK to make it a criminal offence to breach an order, leading to a two-year prison sentence, a fine, or both.
Reforming the law on Scottish unincorporated associations and criminal liability of Scottish partnerships. Issued by Scotland Office. A Scotland Office consultation seeks views on two proposals to reform Scots law to: attribute legal personality to unincorporated associations where they meet certain statutory criteria; and to address a loophole in Scots law that allows Scottish partnerships to escape prosecution for potentially serious offences by dissolving.
Diabetes Prevention (Soft Drinks) Bill 2012 (HC Bill No.329).
A Bill to establish a programme of research into diabetes prevention; to require manufacturers of soft drinks to reduce the sugar content of soft drinks by 4 per cent; to make provision for a mechanism through which manufacturers of soft drinks are required through reinvestment of part of their profits to support the research programme from 2012; and for connected purposes.
Rapist’s victims sue company that insured his cab: London taxi was used as weapon, say lawyers.
Eight women who were attacked by the black-cab rapist John Worboys are taking him and his insurers to court on April 24, 2012 in a case that will test the limits of car insurance policies. At issue is whether insurance covers not just injuries caused by road accidents but also harm resulting from deliberate criminal acts.
Source: The Times, April 23, 2012, 14. By Sean O’neill.
Landmark ruling for drivers over council spy cars. An adjudicator at the Traffic Penalty Tribunal has ruled that local authorities should not use CCTV camera cars – which automatically issue parking fines – if a traffic warden is able to carry out the checks on foot. The ruling, issued after a motorist appealed against a GBP 50 fine from Southend Council, could pave the way for thousands of drivers to escape penalties by arguing the mobile cameras had been used incorrectly.
Source: Daily Telegraph, April 19, 2012 (Online edition). By Donna Bowater.