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8 February 2016 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

Firm fined for corrupt payments

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A firm was last month fined £1.3million after it was found to have made corrupt payments to officials of foreign governments.

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5 February 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

Data Protection Self Assessment Toolkit for SMEs

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The new data protection self assessment toolkit launched by the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) is designed to help small and medium sized enterprises (‘SMEs’), which make up 99% of UK businesses, assess and improve their compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

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25 January 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

The Four-Finger Shape Saga

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Cadbury welcomed last week’s ruling that the four-finger shape of the popular chocolate bar can’t be legally protected. The shape itself was not considered by the High Court distinctive enough to give the snack trademark status and for consumers to identify all such bars as KitKats.

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15 January 2016 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Employment, Opinion

Do employers have the right to snoop through their employees’ messages?

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Snooping on emplyees

You have no doubt been bombarded by a flurry of articles stating that employers have been given the right to snoop through the entirety of employees’ private messages, but how much of this is true?

Following the European Court of Justice decision in the case of Bogdan Bărbulescu on 12 January, Charlotte Newlyn in our Dispute Resolution team explores the truth behind the panic and whether there will be any changes at all.

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18 December 2015 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

Regulator imposes substantial fine on Barclays Bank

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One of Britain’s biggest banks has been hit with a £72million fine by the City regulator. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed the penalty on Barclays Bank, following fears that a so-called “elephant deal” ran the risk of the institution …

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1 December 2015 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

Maximising value from distribution agreements – Royds publishes new guide

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Royds has published its detailed guide entitled Protecting your business: getting distribution agreements right.

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30 November 2015 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial

UK one of the best places in the world to start a business

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An impressive recovery from recession has cemented the UK’s position as one of the best places in the world to start a business.

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27 November 2015 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

Roaming Charges and Net Neutrality

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On 27th October 2015, the European Commission decided to adopt an agreement to end roaming charges by June 2017 and, for the first time in EU law, to set net neutrality rules. The net neutrality rules will be implemented on 30th April 2016.

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23 October 2015 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 – Have you made preparations?

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Important changes to company law have been made by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the ‘SBEE’). The changes affect all companies and company secretaries should be making preparations to ensure compliance with the new regime.

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16 October 2015 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

EU to US Data Transfers

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The EU and the USA signed an agreement which came into effect in 2000. The agreement was called the Safe Harbour Agreement (‘the Agreement’). The purpose of the Agreement was to streamline the way in which American firms obtained data from Europe cost-effectively without contravening the rule that personal data must not be transferred to parts of the world where there were not adequate privacy protections in place. The Agreement allowed around 5,000 American companies to bypass European privacy laws.

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5 October 2015 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

Dismissal after contacting Information Commissioner was fair

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In Barton v Royal Borough of Greenwich IDS 1026 page 6, the EAT has upheld an Employment Tribunal decision that the Employer’s dismissal of an employee who contacted the Information Commissioner, in breach of the employer’s express instruction not to do so without approval, was fairly dismissed. The Tribunal, endorsed by the EAT, had established that the communication to the Information Commissioner was not a qualifying disclosure and the employee was not able to rely upon an “associative connection” with an earlier disclosure (in which he alleged a breach of the Data Protection Act) to convert his later disclosure into a qualifying disclosure. The EAT also upheld the Tribunal’s decision that the dismissal was within the range of reasonable responses open to the employer: the employee had previously contacted the Commissioner with allegations of breaches of Data Protection without bothering to check their accuracy or inform his employer first. In these circumstances, the Tribunal considered that it was legitimate of the employer to require the employee to tell it first before contacting the Commissioner again.

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2 October 2015 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

The Latest Update on the Right to be Forgotten

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In 1995 the European Union adopted the European Data Protection Directive (“the Directive”) to regulate the processing of personal data. The objective of the Directive is:

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