The full suite of EIA Regulations in the UK has been amended with effect from 16 May 2017, giving effect to the EU Directive 2014/52/EU. Some 17 sets of regulations in the UK have been replaced or amended, nine of those applying to Scotland. This advice note focuses on the changes effected by The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017. These changes are discussed in the Scottish Government Planning Circular 1/2017. Transitional arrangements There are transitional arrangements for the existing regulations to apply to cases already...
Employment, pensions and benefits
Do you operate an employee share plan? If so this update is relevant to you. By no later than 6 July 2017 companies have a reporting obligation to register any new share plans with HMRC, file their 2016/2017 annual share plan return and self-certify any new tax advantaged share plans. Don’t delay, get online, register, notify and self-certify with HMRC today. Download our update here If you have any questions, please get in touch with Nigel Watson, or your usual Brodies contact.
Public Law & Regulatory e-update
Our public law team continues to act for the Scotch Whisky Association, spiritsEUROPE and CEEV (the European wine body) in their high-profile challenge to the Scottish Government’s flagship minimum pricing legislation. The Government concedes that this restricts the free movement of goods within the EU, by preventing cheaper imports from competing with more expensive products. The argument is whether the policy can be justified on public health grounds, or is unlawful because it would be ineffective and/or disproportionate. The Inner House of the Court of Session referred a number of EU...
Food & drink and Intellectual Property update
When it comes to food and drink the IP that usually carries most value is the branding. Branding includes a product’s image, provenance, quality and reputation. Branding can be in the form of trade marks, as well as copyright and design rights. It can also be in the form of GIs (Geographical Indications). Branding sets a product apart from its competitors and is a big influence on consumer choice, but its reputation and profits can easily be damaged by counterfeit and copycat products. As businesses consider the various implications of Brexit, what is its likely impact on the food and...