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BABC July 2018 Trade and Investment Update

​The month of July was marked by a visit to the UK from President Donald J. Trump, the first time since entering office. The President's visit was the precursor to an announcement by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) that formal, public consultations will take place on new trade arrangements with Australia, New Zealand and the United States, following the latest meeting of the US-UK Trade and Investment Working Group. More information on these consultations, including how you can contribute, can be found in the Business Opportunities section below.

Osborn McDerby Welcomes Kristy Wiehe

Osborn McDerby is pleased to announce that Kristy Wiehe has joined the firm. Kristy is an experienced business attorney representing corporate clients of all sizes, ranging from start-ups to Fortune Global 100 companies, on a broad variety of corporate matters with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Kristy worked for two powerhouse firms in Los Angles before gaining valuable in-house experience as corporate counsel at Honda North America, Inc. Kristy received an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Stanford University.

BritishAmericanBusiness responds to speech on UK trade by Secretary of State for International Trade

On 18 July 2018, at a speech given at the Royal Society, London, the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox announced that the UK government will be starting formal consultations on a potential free trade agreement with the United States of America (USA). In response, BritishAmerican Business CEO Duncan Edwards made the following statement: “Today’s speech...

Shifting sands: how employment rights and status are changing in the UK and California

​In the UK, the courts and tribunals apply a number of tests and factors to determine if an individual is an employee, a worker (a hybrid status reflecting the view that some individuals, while not full-blown employees entitled to the whole range of employment rights, are deserving of some protection), or self-employed (ie an independent contractor). The application of these tests and factors is complex and important, as the three classifications affect an individual’s employment rights. Traditionally this complexity has led to litigation focusing on whether an individual is an employee or a worker.

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