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 Sorcha

Sorcha joined our Private Client team as a paralegal in 2015. She has assisted in a number of matters including Wills, probate, estate administration and mental capacity.

Sorcha studied Business Management at the University of Glasgow and then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at City University. She completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in March 2018.

In her spare time Sorcha enjoys running, reading, playing backgammon and cooking.

Practice areas

Work highlights

• Estate administration
Assisting with the administration of a complex estate worth circa £10m involving business assets, multiple bank and building society accounts as well as various life assurance policies.

About Rosie

Rosie joined Royds Withy King as a result of the firm’s merger with Marshall and Galpin in 2008 having completed a law degree and trained in the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury departments. She team-works on very complex high value claims as well as assisting with a wide spectrum of both medical negligence and personal injury cases.

She is experienced in:

  • catastrophic and complex high value claims
  • litigation work encompassing both clinical negligence and personal injury claims
  • Rosie is based in the firm’s Oxford office.

Memberships

  • Berks Bucks and Oxfordshire Law Society
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Oxford Medico-Legal Society

Rosie is Deputy Chair for Unlimited Oxfordshire, a local charity promoting social inclusion for individuals with physical or sensory disabilities in Oxfordshire.

About Philip

Phil was formerly a commissioned officer in the RAF so it’s no surprise that he has a practical, no-nonsense approach to resolving conflicts.

The Legal 500 UK describes Phil and Chris Kane as ‘a dream team‘, who provide ‘advice which is legally and commercially sound, coupled with a robust approach to litigation‘. Chambers & Partners describes Phil as ‘commercial, practical, pragmatic and he doesn’t use unnecessary legal jargon‘, and recognise him as a “Leader in his field“.

Clients comment that Phil is ‘highly professional‘, gives ‘clear and concise advice’ and responds to the client’s needs in a ‘fast and efficient’ way.

He recognises that litigation is not always the best or most cost effective option and he is also a fully accredited and experienced mediator. Phil is also a member of the Construction & Engineering and Technology & Media sector groups and has extensive experience in dealing with both construction and IT/IP related disputes.

Phil has many years’ experience of resolving disputes, particularly in the following;

  • acting for and advising insolvency practitioners, especially dealing with insolvency claims against Directors
  • Intellectual Property disputes including copyright infringement, Trademark disputes and passing off actions
  • multi-party construction claims involving developers, employers, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants
  • disputes relating to high value commercial contracts
  • breach of warranty and indemnity claims arising out of company sales and purchases
  • director liability disputes, including where he successfully concluded an appeal to the House of Lords for a company director (Natural Life Health Foods v Mistlin (1998).

Memberships :

R3: Association of Business Recovery Professionals

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About Mike

Mike is “highly recommended” by independent legal directory The Legal 500 UK 2014, who added in 2017 that he “gives excellent and fair advice“. His team is also recommended by The Legal 500 UK in 2016 as it “achieves good results for its clients time and time again.”

Mike’s experience includes:

  • challenges to the validity of Wills, including issues of:
    capacity
    undue Influence
    execution
    lack of knowledge and approval
  • Court of Protection disputes
  • claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Prorietary Estoppel and Constructive Trusts
  • problems relating to the administration of estates.

Memberships

  • Full Member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
  • Affiliate Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

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About Marianne

Marianne’s experience includes:

  • consumer and commercial contract disputes – including sale of goods and services, consumer credit and product liability, building disputes
  • debt recovery and insolvency
  • professional negligence – solicitors, accountants and surveyors
  • director, shareholder and partnership disputes
  • residential, commercial and mortgage possession proceedings and forfeiture actions
  • boundary, party wall, title and easement disputes, trespass actions.

Marianne prides herself on her ability to adapt to meet the needs of her wide variety of clients. She takes a pragmatic, no-nonsense and to the point approach but with the sensitivity that each different client situation requires. At all times, Marianne’s aim is to achieve a swift and cost effective solution to the clients’ issues and she fully understands that litigation is not always appropriate – she is an avid advocate for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Marianne qualified in 2000 having worked for a year during her Business Law degree at Lewis & Potts in Richmond-upon-Thames gaining a 6 month exemption to her training contract through litigation experience. She then completed her training at Lemon&Co where Marianne became head of litigation before joining Royds Withy King following the merger of the two firms.

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About Anna

Anna specialises in assisting people who have suffered road traffic accidents, including motorcycle, cycle and pedestrian claims.

Anna began her legal career in 1994 and joined Royds Withy King in 2011. Anna’s early legal career was spent in debt recovery, commercial litigation and commercial property. She then went on to work in housing and personal injury law.

Memberships :

Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX)
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS)

About Mark

Mark handles a wide variety of personal injury claim types, but has particular expertise in:

  • all aspects of sports related injuries
  • claims relating to motorcycle accidents
  • acting for cyclists involved in accidents
  • injuries received due to defective products
  • claims due to stress at work
  • personal injury involving animals
  • injury claims due to violent crime.

Mark also receives instructions to act in professional negligence cases and is happy to take over the conduct of personal injury claims from other firms.

Mark’s career with Royds Withy King started in 2006 as a trainee and he qualified in 2008 when he joined the personal injury team. He is recognised by Chambers & Partners as an “Associate to watch”, and sources in the directory describe him as “always very impressive” and note he’s “very good with clients“. He is also praised for being “client-focused” by The Legal 500 UK.

Mark’s blogs

Read all of Mark’s blogs here

Press contributions

Cycling and the law: how will your rights be affected by driverless cars? (RoadCC)
UK cycling – how bike safety can be improved (Bike Radar)
Legal Q&A: What are my rights if a pothole makes me crash? (Bike Radar)
Personal injury firms face rising claims

Membership :

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Professional Negligence Lawyers’s Association

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About Elena

Elena supports partner Angus Williams dealing with the ‘Agriculture and Rural Business’ sector of this team.

About Ali

Ali, an associate who “demonstrates good strategic thinking” according to The Legal 500 UK.

Ali has expertise in a wide range of medical negligence claims but has a particular interest in the following areas:

  • inquests and coronial law, including medical inquests, as well as deaths in prison, police custody and mental health detention
  • fatal claims
  • birth injuries, including Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy
  • maternal injuries
  • psychiatric injury, including secondary victim claims
  • orthopaedic injuries including knee replacement surgeries, hip dysplasia, amputations and podiatric negligence.

In 2014, Ali won the Bath Solicitor of the Year at the prestigious Bristol Law Society Awards. The award recognised her as “an exceptional solicitor who has made an outstanding contribution to their firm, client work or the legal sector in Bath”.

She has previously worked with local and national media, commenting on topical issues and cases in which she was involved.

Memberships:

  • Bristol Law Society
  • INQUESTcharity
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Senior Litigator

 

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Natalie completed LLB Law Degree at the University of Exeter in 2013 and joined the Royds Withy King team in 2015. She is currently studying to become a Chartered Legal Executive.

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 Krista

Krista began her training contract with Royds Withy King in 2017 within the Commercial Property team. She now currently works within our Corporate & Commercial team. Krista holds a particular interest in commercial and corporate law.

Krista has experience in a wide variety of property matters ranging from landlord and tenant work to possession and property based negligence claims. She previously worked as a paralegal in commercial property, property litigation and residential development.

Interests

In her spare time, Krista enjoys travel, cocktails and cycling.

About Jinny

She joined us from the private client team at Baker Tilly where she dealt with personal and partnership tax returns and personal tax planning, largely for owner managed businesses. As well as private client work, Jinny has also worked in corporation tax, business/partnership tax and personal taxation.

She has experience in Self Assessment tax compliance (preparing, reviewing and submitting tax returns), varying from the more straightforward sole trader or landlord, to those individuals with complex tax affairs, including non-residents and trusts.

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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About Helen

Helen qualified as a solicitor in 2005 having previously qualified as a Legal Executive in 2000. She has many years of experience advising businesses and individuals on all aspects of employment law.

Helen previously worked for a number of firms in the Swindon area including Lemon & Co and Star Legal before joining us in May 2015 as a solicitor in our Employment & HR team.

Helen is known for her friendly manner which compliments her knowledge and experience and clients describe Helen as “very professional with a commercial common sense approach” (source: client feedback).

Outside of work Helen is a keen supporter of SMASH, short for Swindon Mentoring and Self Help, a Swindon based charity dedicated to helping vulnerable young people through mentoring relationships.

 

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 Nial

Transactions that Nial has been involved in include:

  • disposal of land for the construction of Gablecross Divisional Police Headquarters, including section 106 agreement and land option
  • head office relocation of national retailer
  • acting for national retailer in several substantial retail property transactions throughout the country
  • acting for landlords on lettings of units on industrial estates
  • acting for tenants on acquisition of large storage and distribution premises
  • land options and overage agreements for development land
  • transfer of property into private pension schemes.

 

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 completed his Law degree and Legal Practice Course at Aberystwyth University. He then trained with a high street law firm, dealing with a wide range of matters including personal injury, professional and medical negligence. After qualifying as a solicitor in 2014, David joined a large national law firm based in Cardiff and specialised in medical negligence for a further two years before joining Royds Withy King.

Practice areas

David manages a wide range of medical negligence matters including:

David also assists associate Lucy Norton on cases involving injuries of maximum severity, such as birth injury and cerebral palsy claims, as well as spinal injury claims. David also has a keen focus on matters involving the negligent management of diabetes and the various complications this can result in, such as amputation.

Work Highlights

David has gained experience of high value, complex cases early on his career including where the value was in excess of £100,000 and matters dealt within the High Court.

Interests

Outside of work David enjoys travelling and also tries to attend as much live comedy and music as his spare time allows.

About Sarah

Sarah has over 25 years experience as a commercial property specialist and her clients include regional and national retail businesses, owner managed businesses, property investors, developers and Plcs. She also acts for major lenders on secured lending work. She has a comprehensive knowledge of real estate and she regularly advises clients on:

  • the sale and acquisition of both leasehold and freehold commercial property, including shopping precincts shops and offices, industrial sites and warehouses
  • commercial landlord and tenant leases, renewals and terminations
  • property aspects of corporate sales and acquisitions
  • high value secured lending work for banks and other lenders.

She joined Royds Withy King in 1997 and became a partner in 2006. She previously worked in private practice for 13 years, principally for a major property investor.


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About Emma

Emma is identified as “undoubtedly one to watch” by The Legal 500 UK,  who also recognise her as “very personable and a delight to work with”, and “absolutely diligent in terms of her case preparation”.

She has in depth knowledge of the pre proceedings process, care proceedings and private law matters when the local authority is asked to assist the court. Her detailed knowledge of local authorities’ duties and their powers means that she is able to offer clear and robust advice, while ensuring that the correct process is being followed.

Emma has regularly dealt with complex matters including cases where allegations have been made of serious inflicted injury and sexual abuse. Emma conducts her own advocacy where possible.

She is able to undertake all work involving children, in particular:

  • Representing parents during the pre proceedings process under the Public Law Outline.
  • Representing parents, children (both through their Children’s Guardian and direct) and other family members in care proceedings where the local authority has made an application to court.
  • Representing parents in respect of various issues, including obtaining parental responsibility, contact disputes and determining where a child should live.
  • Special guardianship matters.
  • Adoption and step parent adoption.
  • Domestic violence matters.

Memberships

Resolution

Association of Lawyers for Children

Accredited Children’s Representative with the Law Society

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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 Patrick

Patrick applies the wealth of experience he has accumulated by finding sensible, early compromises where possible and taking up a robust settlement position where necessary. Where court applications arise, he undertakes much of the advocacy at court.

Patrick specialises in complex financial proceedings upon divorce, which more often involve cross-jurisdictional issues, offshore trusts and overseas assets. He has a particular interest in untangling corporate structures and disputes arising between company directors and shareholders. Those usually require a forensic examination of company accounts prior to valuation.

Patrick considers himself to be a “solicitor for life”, maintaining strong connections and valued friendships with clients post-proceedings or for whenever called upon. In years gone by Patrick was a keen sportsman and chess player. He applies those skills now to provide an assured approach to his work and tactical planning to the cases he takes up.

Practice areas

Memberships

Patrick was admitted to the Law Society in 1993 and is also a member of Resolution.

About Deborah

Deborah started her legal career at the Land Registry which provided an excellent foundation for studying land law and gave Debbie experience of the mechanics involved in land registration. This knowledge has proved invaluable when dealing with complex or out of the ordinary transactions, particularly when they involve unregistered land. Debbie then moved into private practice in her home county of Yorkshire.

Deborah is experienced in all aspects of residential conveyancing. She is also involved in the Property Investors Network and regularly advises clients on buy to let properties and auction purchases.

In her spare time Deborah enjoys listening to music and spending time with her friends and family.

About Luchia

Luchia graduated from the University of Chester in 2010, having read Law and then studied the Legal practice course at BPP Law School Bristol.

After qualifying with Goughs Solicitors in 2015, Luchia worked as a private client solicitor at Davey Law in Cirencester, advising clients on all aspects of wills, lasting powers of attorney, probate and elderly client matters.

Luchia advises clients on the following areas:

Memberships

Solicitors for the Elderly

Interests

Outside of work, Luchia enjoys travel, photography, eating and baking.

About Nathan

Nathan graduated with distinction from Swansea University Law School, where he was awarded best performance in business law and practice.

Nathan has a keen interest in construction law. He supports construction projects handled by our team by reviewing, drafting and preparing standard or bespoke contractual terms and conditions that align with the realistic expectations of clients; advising and assisting clients in procurement of projects; and dealing with queries. He worked as a paralegal in the team before becoming a trainee legal executive.

Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Nathan worked at Buro Happold Engineering, which is a leading consultancy firm in the built environment. His experience includes working on exciting and prestigious projects such as the transformation of a 60 year old facility into a community centre and a museum in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the development of a cultural venue and arts space in Bristol, European Green Capital 2015. This latter project presented the opportunity to connect future citywide smart infrastructure including district heating networks.

About Louise

Louise has been recognised by The Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme for 15 years. Described by The Legal 500 UK as “tenacious” and “knowledgeable“, she deals with claims resulting from accidents at work, road traffic accidents, occupiers’ liability accidents and accidents involving children.

Louise’s experience is extensive and includes acting for clients suffering from:

Louise joined Royds Withy King in 1992 and qualified in 1994. She became a partner in the firm in 2000.

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About Priya

Priya joined our real estate team in May 2017 from a well-established niche practice specialising in property law in North West London, bringing years of experience in commercial property law to the team. Priya has established a reputation for actively managing each transaction, ensuring that each one goes through as quickly and efficiently as possible while finding practical solutions to legal issues which may affect the transaction.

Practise areas

 

Priya specialises in complex and high-end commercial acquisitions and sales, and acts for clients in relation to grants of commercial leases. Her expertise includes:

  • Advising commercial landlords and tenants on matters such as new leases, lease renewals, agreements for lease, as well as licences to assign and alter.
  • Acting on high-end portfolio refinance transactions, including for PLC clients and large UK and international banks.
  • Acting on investment acquisitions and disposals of investment property, including land acquisition for development purposes.
  • Attending auctions with clients, advising on potential investments and developing relationships with auctioneers to secure opportunities for her clients.

Work highlights

  • Acted on the purchase of 24 new build units across three high-end London developments at a total cost of over £40 million for an overseas trust company.
  • Acted on over £19 million portfolio refinance transaction consisting of 34 properties for a PLC client.
  • Acted on £4.5 million loan facility from a well-known bank for a hotel purchase, transferring part of a site which was owned by a charity.
  • Acted on £8 million refinance for a large Indian bank, involving a lease back element and overseas ultimate beneficial owners.

Memberships

Priya is a member of the Law Society.

Interests

Outside of work Priya is a keen traveller, taking every opportunity to jet off somewhere new.

About Abigail

Abigail advises and represents clients on project procurement and non-contentious construction and engineering matters. Her expertise covers;

  • contract negotiations
  • all types of project documentation including risk analysis, procurement options, standard and bespoke contracts and sub-contracts, consultant appointments, collateral warranties, parent company guarantees and performance bonds

Chambers and Partners UK recognises Abigail as an Associate to watch who is very conscientious and clients describe her as “professional, tenacious and knowledgeable”.

Abigail has a broad client base including developers, contractors and consultants.  She also advises funders in relation to projects providing due diligence services.

About Lucy

Lucy undertakes a wide range of cases and has a particular interest in:

Lucy also assists other members of the team on complex cases involving injuries of maximum severity, such as birth injury and cerebral palsy claims and fatal accident claims.

Lucy is Secretary for the Oxford Medico-Legal Society which promotes discussion between medics and lawyers in the Oxfordshire area.

She is also one of the duty solicitors for the Oxford Citizens Advice Bureau which seeks to provide free legal advice to people most in need.

Memberships:

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • Berks, Bucks & Oxfordshire Incorporated Law Society (BB&O)
  • Oxford Medico-Legal Society (OMLS)

About Angus

Angus is independently recognised by the The Legal 500 UK directory for giving ‘good clear advice on complex issues’, and is noted for his ‘knowledge of rural property‘. Chambers and Partners UK describe him as ‘well known in the agricultural community. “He has a strong grasp of anything to do with agriculture,” confirms one client, and he has been praised for his “rural background and thorough understanding of agriculture“. Chambers also recognise him as a “Leader in his field”.

He has a wide range of skills across both residential, commercial and agricultural and rural property including:

  • The acquisition and disposal of farms and estates and development land
  • The acquisition and disposal of farming and rural business interests
  • Commercial and residential property development
  • Agricultural Tenancy work including Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies and Farm Business Tenancies
  • Secured lending and re-finance work for banks

Memberships :

Country Landowners Association
Agricultural Law Association

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About Gemma

Gemma processes clients’ initial paper work, prepares contracts and legal compliance checks. She also keeps clients, agents and solicitors up to date on the progress of property transactions.

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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She deals with all types of property transactions but particularly enjoys matters with complex and interesting title issues.

Outside of work Claire enjoys baking, drinking gin and going to the theatre.  Claire is involved with Scouting in Oxfordshire as a member of a support team helping at county events to enable young people to experience the exciting things offered by Scouting.  From 2006 to 2014, she dedicated more time to her family and spent time working as a teaching assistant and a qualified Forest School/Outdoor Learning teacher.

About Jamie

Jamie specialises in complex high value matters in the areas of professional negligence, corporate & commercial, risk management, insolvency, insurance, intellectual property, group actions trusts, Wills and probate, property and employment law.

The Legal 500 UK describes Jamie as “very thorough, has creative legal mind and provides an excellent service to clients”

Memberships

  • Law Society – Civil Litigation Section
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
  • RAIIDAR International (Recovering Assets, Insolvency, Investigations, Disputes and Restructing)

Interests

Jamie has a passion for sport – especially football (long-suffering supporter and season ticket holder for Tottenham), golf, tennis and squash. He also loves travelling and is an avid reader and film fan.

About Julia

Julia specialises in Wills, UK and international probate and the administration of estates. She also deals with Lasting Powers of Attorney, guardianship matters including the appointment of deputies and trust administration.

Practice areas:

Memberships

Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives
Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

About Laura

Laura studied Law at Bristol UWE and went on to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive. She has specialised in personal injury claims throughout her career. Laura deals with a wide spectrum of cases including employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability and road traffic accidents. In addition to managing her own caseload, Laura assists Louise Hart on more complex cases and Helen Childs in the niche area of industrial diseases.

Her personal injury experience includes:

  • personal injury claims relating to employers’ liability and occupiers’ liability
  • all aspects of road traffic accident claims
  • assisting clients with orthopaedic, chronic pain, brain and spinal injury claims.

Memberships :

Laura is a Chartered Legal Executive of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

About Laura

Laura joined Royds Withy King in 2012. She has a BA in History from Sheffield Hallam University. Laura completed her Graduate Diploma in Law in 2015 at the University of the West of England and also completed the CILEX Graduate Fast-track Diploma (Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice).

Laura is currently qualifying to be a Chartered Legal Executive.

About Terry

Terry has a wealth of experience in the construction sector, having previously run his own contractor business and worked on a number of projects in the UK and Europe. He qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and worked at Mogers Drewett LLP, before joining Royds Withy King in September 2016.

Terry quickly gets to grips with highly complex matters. His extensive experience of construction disputes includes:

  • resolving payment disputes including application, valuation and notification
  • claims for extensions of time and loss and expense, including LADs
  • suspension and termination of contracts
  • professional negligence claims
  • construction dispute resolution and negotiation including adjudication, mediation, litigation and arbitration
  • international arbitration.

Work highlights

Terry assisted with a successful application in the High Court of Justice, in support of a Swiss arbitration. The application was to obtain injunctive relief, restraining any calls being made on performance bonds and payment guarantees. This involved an unprecedented exercise of the English Court’s powers under s. 44 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to grant interim injunctive relief in support of wholly foreign arbitral proceedings.

Interests

Terry is an avid cyclist and has taken part in a number of fundraising events including the Dragon L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France. He has also been a mentor for underprivileged young people for many years.

 

About Gemma

Gemma processes clients’ initial paper work, prepares contracts and legal compliance checks. She also keeps clients, agents and solicitors up to date on the progress of property transactions.