Strategic Through Knowledge

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TRANSFER PRICING: Keeping Transactions at Arm’s Length

As the world becomes increasingly globalised, the idea of multinational corporations being limited to large global conglomerates is a thing of the past. It is no longer uncommon for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to extend their reach into markets other than their home jurisdiction to benefit from greater economies of scale, especially where their […]

Employers Have Feelings Too

The Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act (LRIDA) in 1975 forever changed the landscape of industrial relations and employment law. It is now accepted that a dismissal can be lawful but unfair or unjustifiable at the same time. Employers were told to care for the human feelings and dignity of the worker. But what many […]

Drones Wreaking Havoc on Right to Privacy

The word ‘drone’ tends to be the popular term used for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), but to some they might as well be unidentified flying objects (UFO). They closely resemble remote-control helicopters and many are fitted with cameras for taking photographs or filming. Drones equipped with cameras […]

Time to Not Vote

There are reports that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security has been advising employers that their workers are entitled to time off from work on Election Day, even those who are not registered to vote. A decade ago, this advisory might not have caused much concern. But today, the Electoral Office of Jamaica’s website […]

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words alone…Will they cost me?

Elections have always been a heated time in Jamaican history, but this election season has certainly shed new light on the potential cost of words. As election day has come and gone, the headlines have been filled with accusations of alleged defamatory statements by leaders from both of our major political parties. Are statements such […]

Voluntary Copyright Registration in Jamaica

Registration of copyright protected works is not mandatory in Jamaica. An author is automatically vested with copyright once he creates and records certain types of works, namely: original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work; sound recording, film, broadcast or cable programme; or typographical arrangements of published editions. While there are no formal or procedural requirements […]

Legal Effects of Transferring a Lease

Most lease agreements dealing with property consists of a ‘successors and assigns’ clause which confers on the parties the right to transfer their rights and privileges under the lease to a third party. With the inclusion of this clause, it is oftentimes assumed that a transferee of a lease will ‘stand in the shoes’ of […]

Litterbugs: Messing With The Law

Has littering in a public place become so widespread that it is out of control? One school of thought is that the laws already in place to contain offenders are not being enforced. Another thought is that the law which makes littering an offence cannot be the only deterrent to prevent a person from doing […]

Why it Still Makes Cents to List on the Junior Market

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the “Junior Market Clinic” hosted by the Jamaica Stock Exchange (“JSE”) in association with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Ministry of Finance. The Clinic was one of a series of events commemorating the JSE’s National Investor Education Week. The Junior Market Clinic was aimed at Small […]

Property Division After Divorce in Jamaica

The Privy Council gave very strong guidance to Jamaican courts adjudicating on the property entitlements of husband and wife after divorce in the case of Eutetra Bromfield v Vincent Bromfield, a Jamaican case heard and decided earlier this year by our highest court. The upshot of the decision is that since the courts in Jamaica […]