Month: January 2013

“The lawyer as agent” by Julian Turton

Why do lawyers get involved in book deals? It doesn’t happen very often for the simple reason that lawyers don’t come cheap. Neither do agents, of course, if the books they represent do very well. But by working on commission agents are taking a risk in a way lawyers aren’t. On a commercially successful book …   Read more

DPP’s Social Media Prosecution Guidelines

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer QC, has launched a public consultation seeking views on its interim guidelines for the prosecution of cases involving communications sent via social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The interim guidelines, introduced with immediate effect on 19 December, attempt to strike a balance between the protection …   Read more

Employee-shareholders Without Employment Rights: Does it Stack Up?

In its Autumn Statement, the Government revealed that it is pressing ahead with its proposal for an “employee-shareholder” scheme, despite widespread criticism. From 6 April 2013 employers will be able to offer their employees fully paid up shares that will be exempt from capital gains tax, in return for employees giving up certain employment rights. …   Read more

Government Announces New Copyright Exceptions

The Government has published its plans for further copyright exceptions in line with recommendations in the Hargreaves Review. It intends to bring the following exceptions into force in October 2013: Private copying: People will be allowed to copy material they own for their personal use, but not to share copies with other people (eg friends …   Read more