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The High Court tips the balance between the right to privacy and the right to freedom of expression.

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In what has been a very busy week for privacy law, MEPs have voted to suspend the EU-US Privacy Shield, Facebook has been fined £500,000 for data breaches in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and now Sir Cliff Richard has won his privacy case against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his home.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – A tool to protect the vulnerable

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This month saw a care home fraudster, David Barton, sentenced to 21 years in jail for conspiracy to defraud and for theft offences against elderly and vulnerable residents at his nursing home. Reports such as these highlight the possibility of fraud and theft against elderly and vulnerable people. We look at how making a Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) agreement can protect your finances and welfare, and the decisions made around them.

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Should you keep or delete your company’s data in a post-GDPR world?

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The length of time for which various types of personal data can be retained for is still a big question for many organisations working towards GDPR compliance. With the new Data Protection Act 2018 now in force, it is more important than ever to get retention right and know when to keep and when to delete.

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Court of Appeal in landmark ruling that sleep-in shifts are not subject to the National Minimum Wage – has the crisis been averted?

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In Royal Mencap Society-v-Tomlinson-Blake, the Court of Appeal held that ‘sleep-in’ are not subject to the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Overturning a significant body of case-law, the Court of Appeal ruled that the National Minimum Wage is only payable when staff are awake and actually working, not when they are asleep and only available for work. In reaching its decision, the Court of Appeal relied heavily on reports by the Low Pay Commission to support its interpretation of the National Minimum Wage Regulations.

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EU-US Privacy Shield under pressure as Civil Liberties Committee MEPs vote for suspension

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The EU-US Privacy Shield framework was designed to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with data protection requirements when the personal data of EU citizens is transferred to the US.

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What you need to know about Group B Strep

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Babies feet in hands

This month we are raising awareness of this common and avoidable condition which can have devastating consequences for children at birth.

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Rising medical negligence costs – what is the real story?

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With NHS Resolution identifying that costs for medical negligence claims are increasing, Paul Rumley – Partner in our team – comments on whether the outcry we’ve seen in the media actually tells the whole story.

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Brexit White Paper – “a real blow for the UK’s financial and related professional services sector”?

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The Government’s proposals for the new financial services arrangements between the UK and the EU post-Brexit, detailed in yesterday’s White Paper, have been roundly criticised by key figures within the industry. Policy chairman of the City of London Corporation Catherine McGuinness has labelled the proposals “a real blow for the UK’s financial and related professional services sector” and warned of the impact on job creation and growth in the wider economy that would result if it forms the basis of the final deal.

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Court of Appeal tells care providers that ‘sleep-in’ shifts are not subject to the National Minimum Wage

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The Court of Appeal has today delivered care providers a lifeline, saying that they do not have to pay staff the National Minimum Wage when working ‘sleep-in’ shifts. The decision lifts an estimated £400m burden from care providers that would …

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Drones can lift the UK economy, so why is the law weighing us down?

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Nobody seriously doubts now that airborne drones will play a significant role in our future. With advances in technology the private and public/commercial application of airborne drones is limitless.

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Is the Queen going to give you a day off on Monday?

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Southgate employment law it's coming home

Helen Murphie, Partner in the Employment Team at Royds Withy King said: “It is possible for a bank holiday to be appointed by Royal Proclamation at short notice in an emergency or special situation.”

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Lasting Powers of Attorney: Is the power in safe hands?

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Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) have been in the press recently with headlines telling us that investigations by the Office of the Public Guardian* into actions of Attorneys are on the rise. Understanding an Attorney’s responsibilities, and an education of what they can and can’t do is often the important issue. We look at some of the ways you can make sure you are acting correctly as an Attorney.

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