Behind the billboard - regulating gambling ads

What are the restrictions on advertising in the gambling industry? Alice Himsworth, associate in the media, communications and technology team at Olswang, explores the current forms of regulation and makes some predictions about potential developments.

Defamation

General election 2015: Lib Dem manifesto and the review of the 2013 Defamation Act

In their manifesto issued today, the Lib Dems promise to: "Undertake a post-legislative review of the 2013 Defamation Act, which Liberal Democrats drove through Parliament, to ensure the new provisions are reducing the chill of libel threats". We have identified a number of major concerns with the 2013 Act and how it operates which mean that it has sown a significant amount of confusion and uncertainty. 

 

Employment

Balancing caring and working – employment rights of carers

According to Carers Trust, there are almost seven million people in the UK - around one in ten - providing unpaid care for a family member or friend who cannot cope without their support.

Around three million of these carers are also in employment. Carers may be providing support for an elderly relative, a terminally ill partner or a disabled child and face the difficult task of balancing their working and caring responsibilities.

In addition to financial support which carers may be able to claim, employment law can also provide employees with caring responsibilities increased support and protection in the workplace. 

Internet

Price-fixing on Amazon Marketplace targeted by US antitrust enforcers

On 6 April 2015, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") announced its first prosecution specifically targeting the e-commerce sector. The case concerns David Topkins, a former employee of an online art retailer, who conspired with competitors to fix the prices of certain posters sold through Amazon Marketplace.