Month: May 2003

Deal memos and contracts: Pretty Pictures v Quixote Films

With the quick-fire thrust and parry of email becoming increasingly popular as a means of communication, the possibility of inadvertently creating a binding contract is an ever present danger. However, a recent case which came before the High Court has reinforced the basic legal principle that if the parties only intend to be bound by …   Read more

Overseas employees

A decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in March considers the extent to which a tribunal is entitled to hear a claim for unfair dismissal brought by a UK citizen working abroad. Mr Lawson, a British man domiciled in England, worked as a security supervisor for Serco Ltd. Serco had its head office in …   Read more

Holiday pay

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, all workers are entitled to a minimum of 4 weeks’ holiday. The regulations state that for each week of holiday, the employer must pay the individual one week’s pay. A practice has developed of including an element of holiday pay in an individual’s salary, sometimes known as “rolled up” …   Read more

Arsenal v Reed in the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal delivered its eagerly awaited judgment in Arsenal Football Club v Matthew Reed on 21 May. The case concerns the extent to which a registered trade mark can be used to create merchandising rights, that is exclusive rights to use words and devices on goods. In a landmark decision the court has …   Read more