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Owners of Facebook Fan Pages warned by EU Court of Justice

In its judgement of 5 June 2018, the EU Court of Justice (“CJEU”) had a clear message for owners of Facebook Fan Pages: because of your choice to use Facebook’s social network for your marketing activities, you are jointly responsible together with Facebook for the processing of personal data of the visitors of your Fan […]

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’ […]

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Mills & Reeve has promoted three lawyers to partner, boosting its partnership headcount to 97. The insurance practice has gained two new partners in the shape of David Gooding and Neil Howes, while Stephen Hamilton has been made up in corporate finance. Gooding, who is based in Birmingham, has been at Mills & Reeve for […]

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Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is planning to merge with fellow insurance firm Clyde & Co, in a deal that would propel the combined entity into the UK top 10 by turnover. It is understood that the two firms have been in talks about a possible tie-up for several months. Clydes chief executive Peter Hasson […]

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Kennedys gains Dublin office via merger with Irish associate firm

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At the heart of the battle between the right to privacy and freedom of expression sits Hugh Tomlinson QC. The Lawyer talks to Mr Anonymity about his feelings on the matter The storm is at its calmest at the ­centre, which is something Hugh Tomlinson QC can attest to. The Matrix Chambers silk sits at the heart of the […]

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