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Newsletter
December 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
Our monthly review of key cases and new law affecting employers.
Media Coverage
18 December 2014
Reuters
London Employment partner Stefan Martin is quoted in an article on the European Court of Justice’s ruling that obesity can be consider a disability.
Legal Update
December 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
De facto directors can be held liable for the acts of a company despite not having been actually appointed as a director. The Court of Appeal has issued some useful guidance on the factors to be considered when looking at whether a person is a de facto director.
Media Coverage
17 December 2014
International Tax Review
(subscription required)
Bylined article by Sandy Bhogal, head of Tax in London, on the legislation contained in the Finance Bill 2015, which will affect the financial services sector.
Video
17 December 2014
In this video Ed Parker, Global Head of Derivatives & Structured Products, is joined by his father, historian Professor Geoffrey Parker, to present an insightful look at the history of derivatives.
Article
15 December 2014
Audio
12 December 2014
UK Employment Law - The View from Mayer Brown
The first of the cases considered in this podcast episode looks at a difficult disciplinary process, and the consequences for the employer of failing to comply with its duties. The second one looks at holiday pay and whether the employee could claim back pay for untaken holiday since 1999. The final case considers what payment or other benefit has to be given to an existing employee in return for agreeing to be bound by new restrictive covenants. To follow Nick on Twitter, please go to Nicholas Robertson@NicholasRober11, to receive links to all the cases mentioned.
Media Coverage
11 December 2014
The Times (subscription required)
London Litigation partner Susan Rosser is quoted in an article on the first Serious Fraud Office (SFO) conviction under the UK Bribery Act.
Media Coverage
11 December 2014
Tax Journal
Head of Tax in London, Sandy Bhogal is quoted in an article on the draft Finance Bill 2015.
Legal Update
December 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The owner of a standard essential patent (SEP) may have to make a licence offer before seeking an injunction, following the opinion of the Advocate General in the Huawei/ZTE case before the EU’s top court. The Court of Justice of the European Union is set to rule on a reference from the Regional Court of Düsseldorf, asking for guidance on the application of the EU prohibition on abuse of market dominance to the enforcement of SEPs.
News Releases
10 December 2014
Leading global law firm Mayer Brown has advised WaveCrest Group Enterprises Limited on the sale of WaveCrest UK Limited to New Call Telecom, a UK-based Internet service provider.
Media Coverage
10 December 2014
Personnel Today
In a bylined article, London Employment partner Christopher Fisher and senior associate Nicola Thomson discuss what must be included in holiday pay under the UK’s Working Time Regulations following Bear Scotland.
Legal Update
December 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In this update, we look in more detail at the provisions of the new directive on anti-trust damages in the EU, which was adopted on 4 December 2014.
Media Coverage
5 December 2014
Personnel Today
Bylined article by head of the London Employment group Nicholas Robertson and Washington DC Employment & Benefits partner Elizabeth Stern discussing the risks associated with employing a global workforce.
Audio
5 December 2014
UK Employment Law - Another View
In this special episode Nick interviews Stefan Martin, who is another partner in our London employment team. We have been dealing with the introduction of a number of global HR policies for clients and this podcast considers how to introduce such policies, and why employers might benefit from doing so.
Media Coverage
4 December 2014
The Times (subscription required)
London Insurance & Reinsurance partner William Glassey is quoted in an article on the rising number of negligence claims against law firms.
Media Coverage
1 December 2014
PropertyEU
Martin Wright, firm practice leader for Real Estate in Europe, is quoted in an article on the expected increase in Asian capital sources targeting Europe in 2015.
Newsletter
September/October 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
The Bulletin for Pensions Managers is a high-level summary of developments which may be of interest to pensions managers. This issue covers developments to the end of October 2014.
Media Coverage
28 November 2014
Mining Journal (subscription required)
After a difficult year to finance mining projects, the outlook for 2015 is somewhat uncertain. Bylined article by London Corporate & Securities senior associate Connor Cahalane and Banking & Finance senior associate Danuta Rychlicka.
Media Coverage
28 November 2014
Mining Journal (subscription required)
Some pieces of giant mining-asset sale puzzle are in place, many others still floating. Bylined article by London Corporate & Securities senior associate Connor Cahalane.
Audio
27 November 2014
UK Employment Law - The View from Mayer Brown
Nick considers three recent decisions. The first case considers the vexing issue of when an employer has to make allowances for a disabled employee whose attendance record is poor. The second confirms that in-house legal costs are recoverable in principle if a Tribunal awards costs to an employer, and the third case considers the interplay between vicarious liability for harassment and TUPE.
Legal Update
November 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Legal Update
November 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On 25 November 2014, HM Revenue & Customs published two pieces of new guidance on the charging and recovery of VAT on administration and investment management services provided to pension schemes. The guidance was required as a result of last year’s Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) decision in the PPG case and this year’s CJEU decision in the ATP case.
Media Coverage
25 November 2014
IFLR (subscription required)
A bylined article by London Banking & Finance partners Mayank Gupta and Trevor Wood discussing the political crisis in Russia and Ukraine, which has created new opportunities for foreign and local banks in the region.
Legal Update
November 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Welcome to the latest edition of the Mayer Brown Mining Update which focuses on some of the key legal issues and developments that have been affecting the Mining sector over recent months.

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