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GDPR: what your HR team needs to do now

By Rachel Richardson Having survived the weeks leading up to 25 May and the deluge of emails from firms you’ve never even heard of about your mailing preferences, you’d be forgiven for thinking that your GDPR troubles are over. For HR professionals, there are actually far more significant points to consider…

Russian restrictions for VPNs and anonymisers

By Meldir Erbulekova On July 29 2017 the Law on Amendments to the Law on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information (Federal Law 276 FZ) was adopted. The new law provides for the regulation of VPNs and other technologies (known as ‘anonymisers’) that allow users to surf the Internet anonymously. The new legal framework […]

Russian patents: Rospatent fee-based extradited examination

By Maria Aronikova On October 5 2017 the Russian Patent and Trademark Office (Rospatent) officially announced that expedited examination will be available for all applications. Rospatent had abrogated its former expedited examination practice in 2012. Since then, patent law has allowed accelerated examination through the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) system…

National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­in” shifts for national minimum wage (NMW) purposes is an area that can often cause confusion. Where a worker is required to work a number of sleep­in night shifts at the employer’s premises, and be available in case of an emergency, does the full night shift constitute ‘working’ […]

3D printing – planning law, policy and procedures

It was recently reported that a family in Nantes, France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D­ printed house. The four­-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger projects aiming to make housebuilding quicker and cheaper. In our Planning 2020 white paper, we approached 100 senior decision makers working in the […]

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Lithuanians discover British tactics

BRITISH lawyers have taken their skills to Lithuania in a seminar organised by the Trainee Solicitors’ Group. The event, at the end of last month, was part of a twinning project with the Lithuanian Young Bar Association and was funded by the European Union and the Foreign Office. Its aim was to give young lawyers […]

AMA steps up threat of action over CCT plans

LOCAL government lawyers have endorsed council threats to take legal action against the Government if it goes ahead with plans to extend compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) to white collar work. The initiative is being led by the Association of Metropolitan Authorities (AMA) with the support of the Association of District Councils and the Association of […]

Fund for societies attacked

A CHALLENGE fund set up by Chancery Lane to help local law societies pay for new initiatives has been dismissed as a “sop” by the president of one of the country’s largest societies. The Law Society has invited local societies across the country to apply for a slice of the £25,000 fund by submitting projects […]

A&O promotions

Allen & Overy has promoted six of its solicitors to partnership in its Far East offices. They are: litigation solicitor Mimmie Chan, property lawyer Philip Walden and corporate lawyer Neal Stender , at the Hong Kong office; Angus Duncan, international capital lawyer, who is being relocated from London to Tokyo; banking lawyer Fiona Rice, at […]

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