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Bentley Motors Loses Trade Mark Battle

David has triumphed over Goliath once more in the battle of the brands as Bentley Motors, the luxury carmaker, loses a trade mark invalidity action against Manchester clothing company Bentley.

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The recent Court of Appeal case of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and Mullins v Smith has been widely reported in the press over the past few weeks but has anything changed regarding employment status?

Not really, but the Court has provided useful guidance as to what to look for when assessing this type of work which will help to determine whether an individual should be properly regarded as a ‘worker’ rather than self-employed.

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Gareddu v London Underground Ltd

The employer, London Underground, had, what some might consider to be, a generous holiday scheme in place; Mr Gareddu was entitled to take 38 days holiday each year (inclusive of bank holidays).  Mr Gareddu, a Sardinian national, was a practising Roman Catholic.

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Naming and shaming of companies failing to pay the National Minimum Wage ahead of annual increase in rates

Both the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) are due to increase on 1 April 2017.  This increase coincides with a timely campaign from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEISS) to increase workers’ awareness of the rates which they are entitled to be paid.  Argos have also been in the news for their failure to pay workers the NMW.

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TP Delivers Deal for US Corporate

Turner Parkinson, the Manchester based independent business law firm, has successfully finalised the sale of metal castings manufacturer Meighs Castings to Westley Group.

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