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Facebook ­ you have a £500,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office

By Andrew Mills Facebook is set to be fined £500,000, the maximum amount possible, for two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998). Due of the timing of the breaches, the ICO was unable to levy the fines introduced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which caps fines at the higher level of 20m […]

30 years on, the role of semi-contentious practitioners is growing

By Gavin Ferguson and Alice Bricogne In this Q&A Advocate Gavin Ferguson and senior associate Alice Bricogne explain how changes in the industry since the trusts boom in the 1980s and early 1990s have led to the blurring of the lines between contentious and non-contentious practitioners…

National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­-in” 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’ […]

Bermuda ICO legislation regulations take effect

By Chris Garrod, Director and Jacqueline King The Companies and Limited Liability Company (Initial Coin Offering) Amendment Act, 2018 (the “ICO Act”), which amends both the Bermuda companies and limited liability company legislation, came into force on 9 July 2018, providing a framework for the regulation of initial coin offerings in Bermuda. ICO Regulations1, expanding on […]

Breaking Bad tenancies

In the 2018 county court case of Vanezis & Vanezis v Ozkoc and others the claimant landlords failed in their claim for possession of a café premises for breaches of covenant in the lease arising from, amongst others, the defendant tenant’s criminal conviction for conspiracy to supply class A drugs…

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Cardiff firm Edwards Geldard has appointed William Mills as marketing partner. The commercial litigation lawyer concentrated on insolvency work at the firm. It says his legal experience and his close working relationships with other partners put him in a strong position to develop new business.

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