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January 8, 2018

10 things to know when buying a business from an Administrator

Buying a business from an administrator can be a quick and cheap win, but there are some pitfalls that you should be aware of before signing on the dotted line.

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July 11, 2018

Fining Facebook: ICO issues £500,000 fine following data breach

The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data breach has been significant both for data privacy and for politics. On 10 July 2018, the Information Commissioner’s Office published a progress report on its investigations into this specific breach and the wider landscape of personal data use (and misuse) in the political arena.

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July 11, 2018

The power of an appeal: more than just a pizza topping

The Employment Appeals Tribunal has confirmed in the case of Afzal v East London Pizza Ltd t/a Dominos Pizza that an employee dismissed for failing to evidence his continued right to work in the UK, should have had the right to appeal his dismissal.

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July 10, 2018

Traffic ‘jams’: calls to fix chaotic food labelling post-Brexit

The consumer group Which? has recently called for traffic light food labelling to be made mandatory, due to concerns about inconsistent information misleading consumers. The government is being urged to use Brexit as an opportunity to introduce new British laws which will regulate the use of the scheme.

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July 10, 2018

No room for bad practices – an investigation into hotel booking sites

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recently investigated the way online booking sites rank and display rooms, after concerns over the influence of commission, misleading information around availability and discounts and unexpected charges.

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July 10, 2018

A warm welcome – the benefits of GDPR in the hotel industry

The hotel industry accounted for the second largest share of data protection breaches in 2016. The nature of their data handling processes puts hotel organisations at a high risk of breaching the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25th May 2018.

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July 4, 2018

The misuse of information will not negate a finding of unfair dismissal

The Court of Appeal has held, in Morris v Metrolink RATP Dev Limited, that protection for trade union activities will still apply to the unlawful retention of confidential information. Mr…

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July 4, 2018

TPR success in Box Clever case

TV rental business, Box Clever, was created as a joint venture between Granada (now ITV) and Thorn (now Carmelite). The Box Clever business was later sold and administrative receivers were…

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July 4, 2018

New PPF guidance on Company Voluntary Agreements

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has issued updated guidance on Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs), which sets out the considerations for employers and their advisors to demonstrate they have addressed when…

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July 4, 2018

Secret’s out: new trade secrets regulations come into force

Before the Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc.) Regulations 2018 came into force last month, a party seeking to protect its trade secrets would rely on case law. So what is different…

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July 4, 2018

DWP launches first in a series of consultations on better protecting defined benefit schemes

This year the Government announced a number of initiatives to better protect defined benefit schemes. A White Paper was launched to review the whole DB system, in particular focusing on options for scheme consolidation, funding standards and strengthening the powers of the Pensions Regulator.

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June 26, 2018

Uber’s new patent application to identify drunks

Uber, the ride-hailing service, has filed a patent application before the US Patent and Trademark Office that would allow for artificial intelligence technology to distinguish sober users from drunk or fatigued users. The proposed machine learning technology uses information such as the angle at which a user is holding their mobile phone as they call for an Uber, location, walking pace, accuracy of button clicks and typos to identify the ‘state’ of a passenger.

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June 26, 2018

CMA investigates online dating service for suspected breaches of consumer law

The Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) launched an investigation into Venntro Media Group Limited (“Venntro”), an online dating service provider, in relation to suspected breaches of consumer law. The CMA has also carried out a review of the terms and conditions of other online dating service providers.

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June 26, 2018

Are you geo-blocking?

With less than 6 months to go, traders must be aware of the Regulation and the (potentially extensive) effects it will have on their business. Traders should be reviewing their practises, both online and not, and ensuring they are up to date before the deadline.

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June 26, 2018

ICO investigation into Dixons Carphone’s data breach

On the 13 June 2018 Dixons Carphone released a statement that 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records had potentially been compromised. It has since transpired that only 105,000 non-EU issued payment card details without chip and pin protection were leaked.

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June 26, 2018

Shake up over ‘entire agreement’ clause

A High Court Judge has shaken things up by ruling that an ‘entire agreement’ clause, which made no reference to misrepresentation, is effective nonetheless. Courts have historically rejected attempts to construe ‘entire agreement’ clauses to exclude or limit liability for misrepresentation except in special cases.

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June 5, 2018

The current pensions landscape: two contrasting tales

In the wake of the Carillion insolvency and the Toys R Us administration, we look at the two contrasting pension scheme positions of Rolls-Royce and House of Fraser.

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June 4, 2018

What about me – where is my inheritance?

It often happens that individuals expect to receive an inheritance only to find they have been left out. Do you think that the Last Will and Testament of the deceased cannot be revoked or challenged? Well it can in certain circumstances.

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June 4, 2018

Never too late to change?

The Pensions Ombudsman has decided that the trustee of a defined benefit occupational pension scheme could switch from RPI to CPI-based revaluation six years after the changes to the statutory revaluation index.

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