Author Archives: Christopher Wilsher

How can Employers avoid conflict and potential discrimination claims when workplace social distancing rules are eased?

The Government is expected to announce this week that employers will no longer need to follow social distancing guidelines, including the wearing of facemasks in the workplace and the requirement to work from home. Employers will be need to adopt …

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Financial Services webinar: Whistleblowing, sanctions regimes and launching a digital currency

Join members of our financial services team for this webinar discussing some of the latest issues in the industry. Whistleblowing – a new approach? Employment Partner Andrew Granger provides an update and overview following the FCA’s recently launched “In confidence, …

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Online financial scams: Google to vet advertisers following FCA threats

There is no doubt that the pandemic has boosted the amount of time that consumers spend online and, in turn, online scammers have ramped up their fraudulent advertising particularly on social media and search engine platforms. This advertising led the …

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Cryptocurrency exchange Binance banned from operating in the U.K. by FCA

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has been banned from operating in the U.K. by the Financial Conduct Authority, in the latest sign of a growing crackdown on the crypto market around the world. The FCA said  that Binance Markets Limited, the U.K. …

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Furlough changes from 1 July 2021: A REMINDER

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), employers who have furloughed employees can currently claim 80% of employees’ wages (up to a cap of £2,500 per employee per month) from the government. Some employers may choose to top up employees’ …

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Visiting our offices: COVID-19 guidance

If you have an appointment and are feeling unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms you should not attend our offices for your scheduled meeting. If you are categorised as clinically vulnerable, are self-isolating (or have been requested to do so) or …

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New Digital Dispute Resolution Rules provide procedure for commercial disputes involving digital technology

The UK Jurisdiction Taskforce (chaired by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls) has recently published the country’s first Digital Dispute Resolution Rules (“Rules”). A full copy of the Rules is available here. The Rules aim to provide a rapid and inexpensive …

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US Office of Foreign Assets Control uses blockchain technology to surveil entities behind cryptocurrency activities

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is subscribing to use blockchain surveillance tools developed by New York headquartered firm, Chainalysis. OFAC is responsible for administering and enforcing economic sanctions in the United States, based on foreign policy and national …

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Can ‘misgendering’ be a ‘philosophical belief’ under Equality Act?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has decided that gender-critical beliefs are protected as a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010. A transgender woman is a person who was born male but later in life decides to identify as a female. …

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Government extends the moratorium preventing the eviction of commercial tenants until 25 March 2022

The moratorium, which was due to be lifted on 30 June 2021, shall now remain in place until 25 March 2022 (some two years after it was introduced in April 2020). This is important news for commercial landlords to be …

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