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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’ […]

3D printing – planning law, policy and procedures

It was recently reported that a family in Nantes, France has become the first in the world to move into a 3D­ printed house. The four­-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger projects aiming to make housebuilding quicker and cheaper. In our Planning 2020 white paper, we approached 100 senior decision makers working in the […]

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Law Society rules on corporate pensions

Bob Butler, head of the Law Society’s monitoring unit, has confirmed that lawyers will receive no further formal guidance on what constitutes corporate pensions business. Instead, solicitors are required to use their own common sense in declaring to the Law Society that they are involved in work which may constitute arranging corporate, rather than personal, […]

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Guardian Media Group, advised by McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner, has completed a joint venture with Wired Ventures, a Californian limited partnership, advised by Simon Olswang & Co, to publish and distribute Wired magazine in the UK.

Freshfields Guide to Management Contracting Freshfield's Construction and Engineering Group Cavendish Publishing u24.95

One of the aims stated in the overview chapter of ‘Freshfields’ Guide to Management Contracting’ is to “cover the spectrum of issues which arise in relation to most types of construction contracts, picking out aspects apparently peculiar to management contracts”. Readers will speculate immediately as to how this can be done in 140 pages. However, […]

Psychological Services for Law Enforcement Theodore Blau

Less than six of the 400 or so names cited in the author’s index of this book will be familiar to British readers. The absence of any reference to British experts (eg Gudjonsson) is a weakness and reflects the introspection and preoccupation within the US of so much literature in this field. There is a […]

Scots to unveil training shake-up

THE LAW Society of Scotland will unveil radical proposals this week on the training of young lawyers and protecting the public from inexperienced sole practitioners. The proposals include revising the diploma on legal practice, delivering it through a new Law Society college rather than five main universities, increased monitoring of training, and banning newly-qualified solicitors […]

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