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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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Financial Services. Maximise the commercial breaks

The theme of the programme for this year’s SIFA conference, to be held at Plaisterer’s Hall, London EC2 on 2 October, is the interface between legal and financial services work. The conference is designed not only for financial services specialists, but also for their legal colleagues. Fee-earner awareness of financial services matters is becoming a […]

Litigation awards. Making the quantum leap forward

Roger Pearson looks at arguments in favour of settling quantum before liability. Roger Pearson is a freelance journalist. In many legal circles the idea of homing in on quantum before liability has been considered would be regarded as heresy. Yet while such a strategy might seem to put the cart before the horse, it can […]

Courts face £25m computerisation

All crown and county courts in England and Wales should be computerised by the end of next year, under the terms of a contract recently awarded to a private sector company. Electronic Data Systems (EDS) has won the tender to supply IT services to criminal and civil courts under a contract worth £20 to 25m. […]

In brief: Lawyers question courts' commercial role

Leading lawyers will decide whether there is still a place for the courts in commercial disputes in a debate at the Thames Valley Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on Wednesday. Proposing the motion that there is no longer a place for the courts will be Derek Wood QC and solicitor and Arthur Marriot. […]

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