Take the Royds Withy King GDPR Quiz

You may think that you are ready for the GDPR deadline this May, but have you really tested the depth of your understanding? Can you be sure that the people in your organisation are fully prepared? If you want to avoid any breaches in compliance after the 25th, you can always contact our specialist GDPR taskforce and discuss any concerns that you many have.

Take the quiz and then share your results with your colleagues to see if your GDPR knowledge is ready for the deadline day this May 25.

 


Which organisations does the GDPR affect?

Any organisation, big or small will have to comply with the key principles, rules and rights set out in the regulations.

True or false, Brexit will not affect the enforceability of the GDPR?

True - It will come into force regardless of Brexit. The GDPR is a piece of EU legislation which is automatically incorporated into UK law. The UK will need to comply with the Regulation while it is still a part of the EU and after its exit from the EU, the Data Protection Bill will apply, which incorporates the principles of the GDPR. Also due to the extraterritorial reach of the GDPR, if the UK wants to continue to do business with the EU after Brexit, UK businesses will need to comply.

Which of the following are examples of special category data under the GDPR?

Special category data is more sensitive than personal data. This is information about an individual’s race, ethnic origin, politics, religion, trade union membership, genetics, biometrics (where used for ID purposes), health and sex life or sexual orientation. There are special conditions and requirements for collecting and processing special category data.

Can a business charge for a Subject Access Requests?

A business will not be able to charge for complying with a request unless the request is ‘manifestly unfounded or excessive’. If the request is excessive then the organisation may charge a reasonable fee or refuse the request. To do that a business will need to provide evidence of how that conclusion was made.

Are there any financial penalties for a breach of GDPR?

Financial penalties of up to €20,000,000 or 4% of global annual turnover - whichever is higher. These fines are for the most serious breaches of the GDPR. For other breaches there are financial penalties of up to €10,000,000 or 2% of global annual turnover, whichever is greater.

How long can an organisation keep the personal data of a prospective job applicant?

It depends because you will need to consider the legal basis that the personal data will be processed, how long the data will be retained and whether this data is being transferred outside Europe. But ultimately an organisation should only retain the amount of data it actually needs (“data minimisation”) and this data must be kept up to date. You may want to give the applicant your Candidate Privacy Policy in advance of processing the personal data so they are aware of how the organisation processes and protects the collection of personal data.

Do all staff need to be aware and trained on the GDPR?

All staff need be aware and trained on the GDPR. The ICO reports that 62% of reported data breaches are due to human error by staff.

True or false, a clause in employment contracts which states that an organisation can collect and process staff data with their consent is enough?

Blanket consent clauses in employment contracts to collect and process staff data will be insufficient. Under the GDPR consent must be freely given, informed, specific and unambiguous, as well as presented in an intelligible and easily accessible format using clear and plain language, where it can also be withdrawn at any time. It is unlikely within an employment contract that consent will ever be able to be freely given.

Does using a safe cloud provider fall within processing data?

By giving the cloud provider personal data where someone can be identified from that data the cloud provider is processing data. A Data Processing Agreement is necessary to ensure the processing meets all the requirements of the GDPR. The GDPR requires such an agreement to be in writing and a GDPR compliant agreement will safeguard the position of both the data controller and the data processor.

Which policy regulates how personal data is collected, processed and protected?

The Privacy Policy regulates how personal data is collected, processed and protected. A Staff Privacy Policy and Candidate Privacy Policy will be required to regulate staff personal data.

Contact us to discuss how you can protect your company and database from breaches against the GDPR. Our team of expert solicitors can help you navigate the uncertain time ahead.

About David

David helps clients with:

  • sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties
  • transfers of equity
  • new build purchases
  • sales and purchases involving equity release
  • re-mortgages.

About Kim

Kim joined Royds Withy King from law firm Jeary & Lewis. After qualifying in 2009, Kim gained experience in Crime and has been working in Family Law since 2013.

Kim is able to assist in cases involving children including; representing parents during the pre proceedings process, representing parents and children in care proceedings before the court and representing parents in various private law applications including child arrangement orders and prohibited steps orders. Kim has experience in a wide range of cases including cases involving allegations of serious harm and sexual allegations.

Memberships

Kim is a member of the Law Society Children’s panel.

Interests

Outside of work, Kim enjoys music, fitness and spending time with her family.

About Katharine

She has considerable experience in working on behalf of the care sector, including medical and dental practices and care home owners.

Katharine is independently recognized and recommended by the Legal 500 UK guide and her clients refer to her “expertise and knowledge of aspects such as bank policy” and “superb negotiation skills”. She and the Royds Withy King corporate team were declared ‘more proactive and better networked’ than many competitors by Legal 500 UK. Chambers & Partners also recognise her as a “Leader in her field”.

Her extensive work on share option arrangements means that she has built up strong relationships with a selective group of accountants who share a similar level of expertise. Together they have an established record of advising clients on employee incentives in the most tax efficient way.

Katharine’s sector experience includes advising clients within the healthcare sector, particularly care home owners and medical and dental practices and partnerships. She recognizes that working within the healthcare sector means looking beyond the purely commercial view:

Katharine’s experience encompasses all areas of general company and corporate law work including:

  • company sales and purchases
  • management buy outs (MBOs)
  • company restructuring, including advising on articles of association and shareholder agreements and
  • share option arrangements.

Katharine trained at Allen & Overy where she qualified in 1992. She was an associate in its corporate team for eight years before joining Royds Withy King in 1998. She became a partner in 2005.

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About Janetta

Janetta joined Royds Withy King in March 2018 from Lyons Davidson where she worked as a paralegal in their corporate department before training and qualifying as a solicitor in September 2015.

She studied law and the LPC at the University of Sheffield before moving back to her home town, Bristol.

Interests

Outside of work, Janetta enjoys going to see live music, theatre and travelling. She is an avid Bristol Rugby supporter and season ticket holder.

About Ellen

Ellen has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Wills and Estate Planning
  • Probate (including multi-jurisdictional estates, high net worth estates and complex family relationships)
  • Deed of Variation (changing who benefits from an estate for tax or personal reasons)
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Registrations of Enduring Power of Attorneys
  • Declaration of Trust (i.e. who owns an asset and in which percentages)
  • Dealing with financial matters on behalf of Deputies and Attorneys.

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About Hannah

Before joining Royds Withy King, Hannah worked for Thomas Legal as a Legal Assistant. Hannah studied her Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Gloucestershire and graduated in 2017.

Interests

Outside of work, Hannah is a keen equestrian. She owns a horse which she has owned since she was a foal. Hannah has been producing her horse in all disciplines and hopes to take her out eventing this summer. Hannah is also a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do.

About Deanna

Deanna started her legal career at Royds (now Royds Withy King following our merger) in 2007 where she progressed to partner in 2011. Deanna studied Law and Criminology at the University of Sheffield and was awarded a distinction for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) by the London College of Law. Whilst studying there she was awarded the Law Society’s National Prize for Outstanding Performance.

As part of Deanna’s role, she regularly attends meetings of the Charity Law Association and the Law Society Private Client Section. She is a fully qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Deanna enjoys walking and cycling in the countryside, cooking and entertaining for friends and family and travel.

Practice areas

Work examples

Estate planning

  • Advising families and business owners in relation to protection, tax efficient structuring and succession. Advising international families on non-domicile status and the ownership, protection and realisation of their UK assets
  • Establishing lifetime trusts and advising on their management
  • Drafting tax efficient Wills
  • Arranging a hybrid offer in lieu of IHT for a pre-eminent archive collection, upon the termination of a family trust of heirlooms
  • Advising elderly and vulnerable clients and those who support them in relation to the management of their finances and family affairs, including the operation of powers of attorney and trusts.

Estate administration

High value estates involving intestacy, foreign assets and foreign trusts, conditionally exempt property, agricultural property, continuing life interest trusts, business assets, private treaty sales and deeds of variation.

Court of Protection

Successful applications on behalf of attorneys including:

  • to make gifts in excess of £1.5m from a client’s wealth for tax planning purposes
  • to execute a deed of variation of a client’s sister’s estate to save £280,000 inheritance tax.

Charities

  • Advising a major religious charity on:
    – the renewal of its Royal Charters;
    – arranging a Charity Commission Scheme to consolidate over 200 sub-trusts into eight main trust funds with bespoke objects; and
    – a variety of trust and governance matters
  • Advising two different charitable trusts, both governed by 1950’s trust deeds, on converting to a CIO
  • Advising the trustees of a major retailer’s employee benevolent fund on the challenges arising from changes in the status of the employer leading to its eventual liquidation.

Memberships

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Charity Law Association

About Emel

Emel is a Chartered Legal Executive in our Residential Property, Farms & Estates team in Oxford. She has experience in a wide range of residential property transactions, including shared ownership properties and new build developments. Emel joined our team in 2015 having previously worked in residential property for a Cheltenham based legal practice.

Emel will shortly qualify in the CIMA Diploma in Islamic Finance (CDIF) and is vastly  experienced and knowledgeable in Sharia compliant property ownership, leasing and financing models. She acts for overseas investors on high value UK real estate acquisitions, often with an offshore element.

About Natalie

Natalie graduated from Cardiff University and has specialised in corporate and commercial law throughout her career. She deals with a wide range of corporate and commercial matters.

Natalie’s expertise includes:

  • advising on company acquisitions, disposals and management buyouts
  • advising on general company and commercial law
  • advising on share restructures
  • drafting and advising on articles of association, shareholders’ agreements and partnership agreements
  • drafting and reviewing a variety of commercial agreements and business terms and conditions
  • advising on general company and commercial law.

Work highlights

  • advising on a series of large acquisitions for a waste disposal company
  • working with dentistry practices on a variety of acquisitions and disposals
  • advising on a contentious share disposal.

Memberships

Law Society

Interests

Outside of work, Natalie enjoys long walks in the countryside, spin classes, exploring new places and spending time with friends and family.

About Emma

Emma graduated with a first class honours degree in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Portsmouth. She then went on to complete her GDL and LPC while working as a paralegal in our real estate team for three years before securing and commencing her training contact in September 2017.

Practice areas

  • disposal and acquisitions of businesses
  • commercial landlord and tenants work including new leases, renewals and lease terminations.

Work highlights

  • acquisition of Dorian House B&B in Bath.
  • freehold purchase of property from client’s SSAS with commercial finance
  • new lease for Society Café in a prime Bristol location.

Memberships

Emma is a member of Bath Young Professionals.

Interests

Emma is a keen cyclist and runner. She has taken part in a number of fundraising challenges included the Bath Half Marathon and a 350-mile cycle from Zagreb to Munich.

About Rachel

Rachel has many years’ experience of handing personal injury claims makes her the ideal first point of contact for new clients. Clients are reassured by her breadth of experience in handling all types of personal injury claims, as well as her clarification of the “no win, no fee” service which the Personal Injury team offer following numerous changes and restrictions to personal injury funding brought in by the Government since 2013.

She has considerable experience in assisting people who have suffered:

  • Road traffic accidents where they weren’t to blame, including motorcycle, cycle and pedestrian claims (as well as Motor Insurers’ Bureau cases involving uninsured or untracable drivers);
  • Injuries from working in the vehicle recovery and breakdown sector and the various equipment and hazards that involves;
  • Injuries due to tripping and slipping accidents on pavements and highways, and in retail shops, supermarkets and other premises;
  • Injuries due to accidents at work.

Memberships :

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

 

About Grace

Before joining the firm, Grace studied law at the University of Kent. After graduating in 2015 she worked in a property firm in Canary Wharf before going on to study for her LPC at BPP which she completed in July 2017. Grace has experience assisting on new build properties and liaising with developers around London as well as transactions with overseas clients.

Interests

Outside of work Grace enjoys travel and socialising with friends.

 

 

About Jennifer

Jennifer qualified in 2008 and has specialised in acting for sufferers of asbestos-related diseases ever since. In the last few years Jennifer has recovered over £3 million in compensation for her clients, and is especially recommended by The Legal 500 UK for “asbestos-related claims”. Examples of awards she has reclaimed for her clients are:

  • £250k for a 62 year old man with mesothelioma who initially was unable to say where and how he was exposed to asbestos. Jennifer was able to find evidence to prove that he had been exposed to asbestos while working in a warehouse as a teenager. The steel beams in the warehouse had been sprayed with asbestos for fireproofing and the asbestos was damaged, causing fibres to emanate.
  • £150k for the family of a man with mesothelioma, exposed to asbestos while working at his father’s boat building company, part of the time as a director. The sufferer had instructed a solicitor during his lifetime but they were unable to secure compensation for him. His family instructed Jennifer following his death and she settled the claim within 15 months.
  • £185k for the widow of an electrician who developed lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos while repairing and replacing storage heaters in domestic properties.
  • £90k for the son of a man with asbestosis, discovered at post mortem. The deceased had pursued a claim for pleural plaques in the 1980s but all records had been destroyed. Jennifer uncovered evidence regarding the terms of settlement in the original claim but this created further complexities due to a long stop provision in the original terms. Jennifer was able to overcome the issues and settle the claim within 16 months.

Jennifer is a regular contributor on BBC Radio and has been interviewed on Action Mesothelioma Day. She has advised and assisted sufferers at a number of regional asbestos support groups. Jennifer also regularly attends the National Lung Cancer Nurses Forum and British Thoracic Oncology Group annual conferences.

Jennifer supports a number of charities. In 2015 she fundraised for Cancer Research UK by participating in their 5km ‘Pretty Muddy’ event. In 2014 she completed the 50km Thames Path Challenge, the team raising £3,200 for Mesothelioma UK.

In her spare time Jennifer enjoys weekly tap dancing and aqua aerobics classes. She loves to attend vintage fairs and festivals and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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About Ivelina

Ivelina joined the Employment team at Royds, now Royds Withy King, as a paralegal in May 2013 following a change in career. She successfully completed a law degree (LLB) at the University of London and went on to gain a Distinction in her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School. She is registered for pro bono employment law work at the Free Representation Unit (FRU) and also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies.

Prior to her legal career, Ivelina acted as a Commercial Manager within a within a global Fortune 500 company covering Europe, Middle East and India group operations. In her role, she worked directly for the Group Managing Director and Managing Counsel in commercial and legal negotiations, risk analysis, anti-bribery and corruption compliance. She had been instrumental in the negotiations of a number of complex projects for public and private sector clients across various international jurisdictions, such as the Tube Lines PPP Contract Re-stated Terms in the UK, Windsor-Essex Parkway project in Canada and the A-Roads projects in Germany.

In 2015, Ivelina began her training contract with the firm and qualified as a solicitor in the Corporate and Commercial team in March 2017. Before qualifying as a  solicitor, Ivelina gained experience in employment law, commercial property law and corporate and commercial law before qualifying as a corporate solicitor with Royds Withy King.

Interests

Ivelina’s mother tongue is Bulgarian and she understands other Slavonic languages such as Russian, Macedonian and Serbo-Croatian.

Outside of work, Ivelina enjoys watching historical drama, going to the theatre and travelling. Her other interests include tennis, science fiction, psychology and literature.

About Sophie

After graduating from the University of Sussex in 2013 with a First Class Honours degree in Law, Sophie studied the Legal Practice Court at the University of Law in Bristol. Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Sophie worked as a Crown Court Caseworker at a criminal law firm in Bristol.

Sophie joined Royds Withy King as a Legal Assistant in the Clinical Negligence team in 2015, before starting her training contract in 2016.

Experience

Sophie advises clients on private and public law children matters, divorce and matrimonial finances and on issues relating to domestic abuse, including non-molestation orders and occupation orders.

Interests

Outside of work, Sophie loves being in the countryside, is a keen tennis player and an all-round food lover.

About Sophie

After graduating from the University of Sussex in 2013 with a First Class Honours degree in Law, Sophie studied the Legal Practice Court at the University of Law in Bristol. Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Sophie worked as a Crown Court Caseworker at a criminal law firm in Bristol.

Sophie joined Royds Withy King as a Legal Assistant in the Clinical Negligence team in 2015, before starting her training contract in 2016.

Experience

Sophie advises clients on private and public law children matters, divorce and matrimonial finances and on issues relating to domestic abuse, including non-molestation orders and occupation orders.

Interests

Outside of work, Sophie loves being in the countryside, is a keen tennis player and an all-round food lover.

About Jack

Jack graduated from University College London in 2005 with First Class Honours in English. In the same year he was awarded the John Oliver Hobbes Memorial Scholarship Prize for academic achievement. He obtained his Masters in English with Distinction from University College London in 2006. Jack made the transition into law in 2006, studying at BPP Law School. Jack joined Royds (now Royds Withy King) as a trainee in 2008 and qualified in 2010.

Jack deals with a wide range of dispute resolution matters, including:

  • small to high value contract disputes
  • professional negligence claims
  • insolvency matters
  • fraud
  • pension-related matters
  • cross-border commercial disputes
  • construction disputes.

Jack is an experienced litigator in the High Court and County Courts, and conducts his own advocacy where appropriate. He is experienced in various forms of ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution), including mediation, adjudication and arbitration.

Jack’s recent clients include airlines, international banks, business transfer agents, recruitment consultants, IT firms, retailers, trusts and pension schemes. He has also acted for a variety of small to medium size businesses, and on behalf of individuals and a number of high profile and celebrity clients.

Jack’s work highlights include:

  • acting on behalf of a well-known business transfer agent who was seeking a commission fee following the sale of a multi-million pound property portfolio. Jack successfully negotiated payment of the commission fee plus legal costs.
  • representing a well-known recruitment company that was seeking a commission fee for placement of a candidate in a high-end city job. Jack successfully secured at trial an order that the client be paid the full amount of its claim plus legal costs.
  • negotiating a speedy settlement for a famous music venue in a dispute concerning the professional negligence of its former solicitors.
  • negotiating a very favourable settlement in a construction dispute with contractors over the redevelopment work to a London landmark.
  • acting on behalf of the trustees of a major occupational pension scheme and successfully bringing the winding-up of the scheme to its conclusion and securing the distribution of benefits to its members.

Memberships

Jack is a member of The City of London Law Society and The Young Lawyers’ Group.

Outside of work, Jack’s interests include music, sports and travelling.

About Rishi

Rishi’s experience includes:

  • acting on company and business acquisitions and disposals
  • drafting and advising on shareholders agreement, LLP and partnership agreements
  • advising on company formations, re-organisations and share buybacks
  • assisting with general commercial contracts and terms of business
  • advising in financially distressed situations or where there has been a breakdown in the relationship between business owners.

Rishi joined Royds Withy King in November 2013 and is based in the firm’s Swindon office.

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About Maya

Maya completed an exchange year at La Trobe University in Melbourne before graduating with a 2:1 in International Law from the University of Leicester in 2012. She went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, London before joining Royds (now Royds Withy King) as a trainee in 2014 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2017.

Interests

Maya is a student member of The Law Society.

Outside of work, Maya’s interests include travelling, reading taking part in team sports and baking.

About Malcolm

Clients value Malcolm’s ability to “dispel complexity and reduce challenging scenarios to simple and ordered next steps” and he is praised for his business acumen and pragmatism.

Malcolm is independently recognised as a “Leader in the field” by legal directories Chambers & Partners UK and The Legal 500 UK, the latter of whom also described him as “efficient and knowledgeable” in 2017.

Recognised widely as an excellent public speaker, Malcolm frequently delivers seminars and training sessions to clients, HR professionals and businesses on a wide range of topics.

Malcolm handles all aspects of employment law and is a keen Tribunal Advocate. His recent work includes:

  • advising on three linked multiparty Employment Tribunal claims valued at around £1m brought by 70 Claimants involving complicated TUPE and trade union issues
  • assisting a global technology leader for biomedical and industrial applications in defending claims for race discrimination and unfair dismissal
  • guiding a large US company with a restructure of its European subsidiaries, including assessing the impact of the proposals and risk assessing the potential outcomes
  • advising on the strategic restructure of a business following an acquisition by venture capitalists with a view to exit involving TUPE transfers, large scale redundancies and careful positioning with a trade union.

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About Mandy

Mandy’s private client expertise includes;

Mandy trained at Royds Withy King and qualified in 2003 where she has built her experience and reputation as an estate and probate specialist, including advising same-sex couples on estate planning.

Membership :

Full Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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About Katie

Katie graduated from Kings College London with a 2:1 in Law before going on to study for her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Bloomsbury.

In the 5 years before joining Royds Withy King, Katie worked as an Estate Agent in West Oxfordshire. She has developed a thorough but empathetic approach to client care, which helps her to achieve good outcomes for her clients.

Interests

When Katie is not working, she enjoys spending time in the countryside with her three children.

 

About Ainara

Ainara joined Royds Withy King in January 2018 from Hugh James Involegal.

She graduated from Cardiff University with a Biomedical Sciences degree in 2015 and later went on to study a Graduate Diploma in Law, graduating in 2016. In 2018, Ainara complered her LPC studies at Cardiff University with a Distinction in Personal Injury and Medical Negligence.

Interests

Out of work Ainara likes to travel. Also as part of her biomedical studies she had to carry out full body dissections.

About Victoria

Vikki’s experience encompasses the following areas:

Vikki is also a trained collaborative lawyer. She is committed to assisting her clients in resolving family and matrimonial disputes in an efficient and compassionate manner, with a view to obtaining a positive outcome for the whole family.

About Lauren

Lauren qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined Royds Withy King’s employment team in May 2013. Lauren is renowned for providing employment law advice in the local business community and within the HR profession; and regularly writes for the local business press and delivers training courses and seminars on all aspects of employment law.

Lauren is described as providing “excellent, practical and comprehensive advice in what can often seem like an employment law minefield” (Source: client feedback). She has a broad range of experience advising local businesses including defending employment tribunal claims, drafting contracts of employment and senior level service agreements, all aspects of discrimination, business reorganisations and redundancy and TUPE transfers.

Lauren is also particularly experienced in negotiating exit packages for employees and advising on settlement agreements.

Lauren has been listed as an ‘Associate to watch’ in Chambers & Partners for being known by clients for her “excellent understanding of employment law.”

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About Amie

Amie joined our Real Estate and Retail sector teams in London from Steele Raymond LLP in 2018.

Amie predominately acts for retailers and has brought with her a wealth of experience advising national high street retailers such as Footlocker, New Look and Specsavers.

Amie’s experience includes advising on:

  • commercial lease transactions acting for both tenants and landlords acquiring and granting leases
  • lease renewals, surrenders, re-gears, relocations and expansions
  • dealing with acquisitions and disposals of commercial premises
  • acting for investor clients in dealing with day-to-day management of their property, including preparing and negotiating licences, rent review memorandums, short-term leases and ancillary side letters.

Work highlights

  • advising the largest Costa Coffee franchise in the South of the UK on new site acquisitions
  • acting for two betting shop operators in relation to their property management to include acquisitions of new sites, lease renewal and the grant of subleases and assignments.

Interests

Outside of work, Amie enjoys spending time with family and friends and going to the gym and horse-riding. As well as a solicitor, she is also a qualified horse-riding instructor.

About Kerrin

Kerrin assists the Family team particularly with care proceedings. The team are well experienced in dealing with unusual cases involving complex points of law and Kerrin has worked on cases that have reached the High Court and Court of Appeal.

She attends PLO meetings on behalf of parents when necessary, meet clients to progress their cases and drafts court documents such as witness statements and case summaries.

Kerrin is Associate member of Cilex and is in the process of completing level 6 of her qualifications.

Memberships :

Cilex – associate member

About Zainab

Zainab and her team specialise in acting for High Net Worth individuals and corporate bodies in residential property transactions, predominantly in the Prime Central London area. She has also built up a strong reputation in affordable housing and government funded schemes, meaning that she is often instruction to provide specialist advice to private individuals in the UK.

Zainab’s specialisms include:

Zainab joined the firm in July 2016 after working for a niche property firm in West London where she was also Practice Manager. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Queen Mary University, London, and is an avid follower of international affairs.

 

About David

David deals with the whole breadth of employment matters. His advice ranges from day-to-day employment issues that arise through to more involved matters such as whistleblowing, discrimination and equality issues, as well as confidentiality and the enforcement of pre- and post-termination obligations. David also specialises in large scale re-organisations and the employment aspects of corporate acquisitions, disposals and transfers of undertakings.

Throughout his career, David has worked both in-house and in private practice, representing a wide range of clients, from IT and biotech companies, global consultancies, property companies, partnerships and LLPs, through to sports organisations and clubs.

Work highlights

Some of David’s high profile cases include:

  • acting for a multinational company in relation to a large scale reorganisation, working alongside senior management to project plan and deliver the changes required. This included running multi-office consultation, as well as advising on redundancies and transfers of business undertakings both within the UK and internationally.
  • acting for a company defending a substantial claim brought by a senior executive erroneously alleging whistleblowing and discrimination issues.
  • representing a high profile sports team in defending a multi-million pound claim arising from a purported breach of contractual obligations.

Memberships

Employment Lawyers Association

About Greg

As part of the real estate team, Greg acts for a wide range of clients including SMEs and owner managed businesses, individual commercial landlords as well as tenants. His work includes acquiring a number of retail stores in various shopping centres, predominantly in London . He takes particular pride in being able to guide clients successfully through complex legal process and explaining documentation in layman’s terms.

Greg’s experience includes:

  • buying and selling of all types of commercial property including office and retail premises
  • advising commercial landlords and tenants on complex leases and commercial lets, including sub-letting
  • occupancy and property portfolio advice for commercial landlords
  • all aspects of buying and selling pubs and restaurants.

Greg is also Chair of the firm’s charities group and manages the dedicated charity strategy, ensuring that all activities are aligned with business strategy.

About Andrew

Andrew joined the firm in May 2017, having graduated from the University of Reading with a 2:1 in History in 2016. While working at Royds Withy King, he will be studying the University of Law’s Graduate Diploma in Law part-time.

Interests

Outside of work Andrew enjoys a variety of sports, including skiing, golf and clay pigeon shooting. He is also a lifelong rugby fan, although he watches more than he plays nowadays!

About Ivelina

Ivelina joined the Employment team at Royds, now Royds Withy King, as a paralegal in May 2013 following a change in career. She successfully completed a law degree (LLB) at the University of London and went on to gain a Distinction in her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School. She is registered for pro bono employment law work at the Free Representation Unit (FRU) and also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies.

Prior to her legal career, Ivelina acted as a Commercial Manager within a within a global Fortune 500 company covering Europe, Middle East and India group operations. In her role, she worked directly for the Group Managing Director and Managing Counsel in commercial and legal negotiations, risk analysis, anti-bribery and corruption compliance. She had been instrumental in the negotiations of a number of complex projects for public and private sector clients across various international jurisdictions, such as the Tube Lines PPP Contract Re-stated Terms in the UK, Windsor-Essex Parkway project in Canada and the A-Roads projects in Germany.

In 2015, Ivelina began her training contract with the firm and qualified as a solicitor in the Corporate and Commercial team in March 2017. Before qualifying as a  solicitor, Ivelina gained experience in employment law, commercial property law and corporate and commercial law before qualifying as a corporate solicitor with Royds Withy King.

Interests

Ivelina’s mother tongue is Bulgarian and she understands other Slavonic languages such as Russian, Macedonian and Serbo-Croatian.

Outside of work, Ivelina enjoys watching historical drama, going to the theatre and travelling. Her other interests include tennis, science fiction, psychology and literature.

About Sarah

Sarah trained and qualified into the property disputes team with a large Bristol firm and joined Royds Withy King in February 2017. She has extensive experience of working with commercial and residential landlords and tenants, and dealing with a variety of property related disputes.

Practice areas

Sarah works across a broad range of practise areas including:

  • recovering possession of both commercial and residential properties, including site clearance for developers
  • rights of light disputes
  • service charge disputes
  • providing advice on section 20 issues
  • leaseholder enfranchisement
  • commercial and residential tenant disputes
  • possession claims
  • party wall disputes
  • access and rights of way

Memberships

Sarah is a member of the Association of Women in Property.

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Interests

In her free time Sarah enjoys cycling, running, skiing and attending music concerts.

 

About Monicka

Monicka’s interest in family law first developed while studying law at A’ level. She then went on to Northumbria University to complete a law degree and the Legal Practice course, where she studied family law in depth in order to pursue a career in this area.

Monicka also regularly offers free advice at the Oxford Citizens Advice Bureaux.

Memberships :

Resolution
Oxford Young Professionals

About Vandana

Vandana graduated with an LLB Hons in Law and Politics before qualifying as a solicitor in June 2005. She headed a Family department at a well established firm in Surrey before joining Royds (now Royds Withy King) as an associate solicitor in 2013, going on to become a partner.

Vandana advises on high net worth financial settlements regularly involving businesses,  assets in foreign jurisdictions, offshore trusts and  inherited wealth to name a few. She also deals with cases involving children including international jurisdictional issues.

In her spare time Vandana is a keen runner and enjoys yoga and philosophy. Her other interests include travelling and reading.

Practice areas

Memberships

Vandana was admitted to the Law Society in 2005 and is a member of Resolution.

Recent press highlights

About Stephen

Stephen studied at the College of Law, Guildford and trained as a solicitor at Royds. He qualified in 1993 and became a partner at Royds and now Royds Withy King in 1999.

Stephen deals with all aspects of contentious intellectual property law, including

  • copyright disputes
  • patent infringement
  • trade mark disputes and passing off actions
  • design law issues.

He is responsible for the operation of the “Copywatch” IP Protection Scheme with the National Association of Jewellers and the British Travelgoods and Accessories Association.

With a wealth of experience dealing with intellectual property disputes, Stephen writes regular articles for the jewellery and luxury goods press (such as Retail Jeweller, Professional Jeweller, Jewellery in Focus and Fashions Extras) and has commented on topical issues on TV and radio.

Stephen is also an experienced general commercial litigator and his work has included media and sports law issues, disciplinary appeals and tribunals, licensing matters, Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise investigations. He also has expertise in estate agency law and business transfer agents fees recovery actions.

Work highlights

UKAJ logoWe are pleased and honoured to announce that we have been shortlisted for Service Supplier of the Year in the 2018 UK Retail Jewellery Awards.

The ceremony celebrates the very best in British jewellery and contributions made to the industry

 

Stephen’s client list includes Shaun Leane, David Marshall, Sarah Jordan and Paul Spurgeon (all former UK Jewellery designers of the year); Smyths Toys; East; Leatherman Tools Inc; Buck Knives Inc; Christie Group and Monsoon Accessorize as well as sports stars and celebrities.

Stephen’s reported cases include:

  • Agent’s commission dispute: Christie Owen & Davies plc v RAOBGLE Trust Corp. (2011) EWCA Civ 1151
  • Abuse of process: R v Buckinghamshire County Council Trading Standards ex parte Roberts (1994)
  • Copyright in artistic craftsmanship: Vermaat v Boncrest [2001] FSR 44
  • Unregistered design right: Landor & Hawa International v Azure Designs [2006] EWCA Civ 1285

Memberships

Stephen is a member of the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.

Outside of work, Stephen enjoys reading about historical military campaigns, watching cricket and playing golf.

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