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The mental and physical wellbeing of employees will be the biggest HR challenge for businesses in the next 12 months, as concerns grow about the welfare of remote workforces.  More than half of HR professionals (55%) admit that the issue will be the main focus in the year ahead, with an overwhelming 83% saying they have concerns about the overall mental wellbeing of employees as a result of the pandemic. According to our survey of…
Sarah Bazaraa and Alexandria Winstanley, intellectual property and media lawyers at Pannone Corporate Colin and Cuthbert the Caterpillars have hit the headlines and captured the attention of the nation as M&S issued High Court proceedings to challenge Aldi on its sale of an alleged copycat cake. M&S is well-known for having a range of successful and hugely popular ‘character’ products such as Colin the Caterpillar and Percy Pig. Colin the Caterpillar is said to have hit…
Pannone Corporate has advised online fashion giant, Boohoo, on the acquisition of a new £72 million London headquarters. The Real Estate and Corporate teams acted as legal advisers to Boohoo, which has purchased the high-profile offices previously occupied by Microsoft and Nokia. The team was led by Tim Hamilton, Corporate partner and Gareth Birch, Real Estate associate partner, with support from Barbara Wang, Danielle Amor and Helen Jadhav. Nick Davies
The majority of North West businesses will not make the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory within their organisation, despite the growing debate around ‘no jab, no job’. As the Government considers plans to introduce COVID certification, as it continues to open up the UK economy, 83% of the region’s business and HR leaders confirmed that they don’t intend to force employees to take up the vaccine, before returning to the office. In a survey…
The Wateredge Inn on Ambleside has been sold to The Inn Collection Group for an undisclosed sum. The Wateredge Inn dates back to the late 17th century and is located in Ambleside on the banks of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. The hotel is well known for its spectacular location and attracts guests from all over the world due to its landmark site. It has been owned by the Cowap family for almost 40 years. The Inn…
Welcome to our March newsletter In this edition, we look at the imminent changes which should be top of the agenda for HR teams and employers.  Coming into force in April, this includes new National Minimum Wage rates and HMRC guidance on the extension off off-payroll working to the private sector.  We also take a look at new pension legislation which will be introduced later this year. Employers continue to rise to the challenge of…
The reputation of so called ‘pre-pack’ administrations has not always been positive but, in the right circumstances, they’re an effective way of ensuring the future of an otherwise insolvent business. The mechanism allows a potentially valid company to survive, but relieves it of otherwise debilitating debt. In the midst of a global pandemic, when otherwise viable businesses are finding themselves in unfamiliar financial territory (in many cases, for no reason other than the impact of…
Yesterday’s ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) report on influencers highlights that over a three-week period, 65% of the Instagram stories monitored (over 15,000 stories) were not clearly labelled and identified as advertising content (as required by the CAP Code). This ASA report has put influencers promoting products on social media back under the spotlight as so many have failed to meet the compliance standards required. The headlines focus on the fact influencers may be named and…
10 April marks 100 days since the EU/UK Trade and Co-Operation Agreement came into force. Much like the ‘first hundred days’ analysis that follows the start of a leading politician’s term in office, it’s interesting to step back and think about the impact and changes that have, or haven’t, been made since the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December. Brexit caused an immediate shock to the import/export market following the end of…
 The high-profile spat between Dolce and Gabbana and Diet Prada continues to create quite a stir among fashion circles – long after the now-infamous D&G ad campaign in 2018, which set this whole public affair in motion. The Italian brand has accused the self-professed ‘fashion watchdog’, Diet Prada, of fuelling a large-scale backlash to its misjudged ad [link to original story], by unleashing a volley of social media content, as well as its contended “illegal…