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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.

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The end of the road for Uber

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The highly publicised case Uber BV and others v Aslam and others has reached the end of its litigation journey with the Supreme Court ruling that Uber drivers should be classed as ‘workers’ and not independent, third-party contractors as Uber had argued. The judgement is significant but not entirely unexpected; the case has been ongoing since 2016 when 2 drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, first brought the case before the employment tribunal. The employment tribunal in 2016 held that the drivers were workers, a decision which was upheld by the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal. Uber’s final appeal was heard by the Supreme Court, which upheld the previous decision that Uber drivers are indeed workers. See our previous blog on this decision for further details.

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New Trainees: Chloe and Anna

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In January we were pleased to welcome Chloe Crawford and Anna Fox to the firm, they will work across a number of departments in the firm as part of their two year traineeship.

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Changes to Theatre Licensing 2021

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The Theatres Act 1968 was repealed on the 27 January 2021. The Act, which provided a mandatory licensing regime for premises used for the public performance of plays, has not been replaced with new legislation. Rather, due to an amendment of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, a local authority can chose to license theatres under its public entertainment licensing regime – theatres were previously excluded as a place of public entertainment within the 1982 Act.

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Cohabitation Agreements - are they worthwhile?

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Under the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 a cohabiting couple is defined as “a couple who live together as if they were husband or wife” or “civil partners.”

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