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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 […]


Data protection: Latitude

Melanie Hutton In 2002 the EU passed a directive governing data ­protection and privacy online. Widely known as the ­ e-privacy directive but correctly entitled Directive 2002/58 on Privacy and Electronic Communications, this set out a range of provisions requiring service providers to safeguard the security of internet and mobile telephone communication. Among the provisions […]

Sharon White

Slaughters still rules the blue-chip jungle

The latest Hemscott rankings reveal that the top companies’ legal adviser rosters have barely changed during the downturn. Gavriel Hollander reveals the swings and roundabouts since 2005  To say that the corporate world has changed over the course of the past five years probably goes some way beyond understatement. But a comparison of corporate […]

The defame game

Those good, honest folk who populate the nation’s newsrooms will be throwing their trilbies in the air in triumph this afternoon after the MoJ published its long-awaited draft Defamation Bill (see story). The red tops in particular have had something of a rough ride over the last few months, what with the draconian measures being […]

IP rights: Thomson Reuters

Carolyn Blankenship In 2008 news and data providers Thomson and Reuters merged in an £8.7bn deal that created the world’s biggest financial media group. The merger has brought up all the usual sorts of legal issues that emerge when two companies ­combine, but one area where Thomson Reuters has found itself devoting a significant amount […]

Firms react to Japan quake

There are occasions when law firms, and those who follow the waxing and waning of their fortunes, can become a little inward looking. The tragic events in Japan over the past week have brought that fact home in the starkest way imaginable. The news that those UK firms that have Tokyo offices are making efforts […]

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