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Shoospeak HR podcast – Episode 2: The rise of the cyberbully in the workplace

By Andrew Graham, Amy Leech Our Shoospeak HR podcast considers the recent increase in cyberbullying within the workplace and some of the issues employers are facing as a result. Shoosmiths colleagues Andy Graham, Amy Anderson and Amy Leech discuss the rise of cyberbullying within the workplace and some of the key issues employers are facing […]

New EU address requirement for food and drink labelling after Brexit

By Rachel Turnbull, Francesca Poole What are the changes? The UK Government has recently released guidance confirming a number of requirements for Food Business Operators (FBOs) who wish to export packaged food and beverages to Europe after the end of the BREXIT transition period. FBOs are advised to read this guidance in detail if required. This […]

What is the Schrems 2.0 case about?

By Nick Holland, Sarah Tedstone The case was begun by Max Schrems as a complaint to the Irish data protection authority, the Data Protection Commission (DPC), about Facebook in Ireland sending his personal data to Facebook’s US parent company making it subject to mass covert US surveillance laws. The case dealt with whether two of […]

Investigation against TikTok in Hungary – How the HCA takes on the tech world

By András Nagy The Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) has initiated an investigation against TikTok, the popular social media platform. TikTok’s capacity to generate vast amounts of consumer data and shower its users with ads has already sounded several alarm bells as regulators attempt to make sense of the phenomena that is digitalisation. The HCA took […]

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Thought, provoked

As George Osborne dazzles the nation with his devilishly cunning plans for how to prompt economic growth, cut costs, tackle inflation and improve healthcare provisions for captive polar bears all at the same time, it would be unsurprising if he hadn’t sought a bit of counsel. And the young whippersnapper of a Chancellor could do […]

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First bar census reveals little improvement in diversity statistics

Diversity at the bar has increased only marginally over the past five years, the results of the Bar Standard Board’s first-ever census of the profession has revealed. The Bar Barometer report, which examines trends in the profession over the five years from 2005-06 to 2009-10, reveals that the proportion of self-employed female barristers has increased […]

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Firms relocate Tokyo staff in wake of earthquake

A number of firms with bases in Tokyo are offering their staff help to leave Japan following last week’s earthquake and tsunami. Ashurst is temporarily relocating its Tokyo staff to Hong Kong or Singapore due to the dangerous conditions. The top 20 firm confirmed that everybody who works in the office is safe and accounted […]

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BSB puts aptitude test on ice for a year

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has delayed the introduction of its Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) aptitude test by a year. The BSB launched its review of the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) in 2007, appointing Falcon Court Chambers’ Derek Wood QC to investigate whether the system was fit for purpose (2 November 2007). Wood proposed […]

Financing: Liberty Global

Jeremy Evans Media company Liberty Global has been at the forefront of innovative high-yield deals since 2009. That was the year Liberty acquired ­German cable company Unitymedia from its private equity owners BC Partners and Apollo Management for e3.5bn (£3.12bn), in a deal that required a massive e2.5bn of high-yield financing. The deal was a […]

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