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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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The young man of the hour

Roger Pearson talks to the lawyer who has been on the front line of the battle to free Private Lee Clegg There seems little doubt that sooner rather than later Private Lee Clegg, the paratrooper said to have fired the bullet which killed a girl passenger in a joy rider’s car at a Belfast road […]

Law Society raises European profile

THE LAW Society is increasing its profile in Europe, with contact between the profession, politicians and officials growing during the past six months. A half-yearly report released by the Brussels office of the Law Societies of England, Wales and Scotland shows the office now has more input in European issues, and members of the profession […]

North East gears up for CCT

Tim Miller reports TWO North East authorities are ringing in the changes at the top as they prepare for competitive tendering. Peter Watts has taken over as head of legal at Northumberland following Henry Warne’s switch to Newcastle. The combined legal and administration department at Newcastle has been split in two with Valerie Dodds heading […]

US partner boosts Linklaters

LONDON-BASED international practice Linklaters & Paines has appointed its first solely US-qualified partner. Stephen Thierbach, formerly a senior associate with New York practice Sullivan & Cromwell, starts work in Linklaters’ London office this week. The firm follows other UK-based international practices, such as Clifford Chance, in appointing US lawyers to handle financial work. A graduate […]

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