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Local Planning Authority Fined £150,000 for Data Protection Breaches

Uploading information to the Internet takes seconds and mistakes are easily made, but the consequences of publishing private data online can be severe. In one case, a local planning authority was fined £150,000 after it posted personal information about a family of travelers on its website.

October 13, 2017
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The Wording of Contracts is All Important – but Context Matters Too

The wording of contracts is the first port of call for judges who are asked to interpret them – but context matters too. The Court of Appeal made that point in resolving a long-running dispute that arose from the closure of a packaging factory and the loss of over 100 jobs.

October 12, 2017
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Paralegal wins employment tribunal claim for £14,000 bonus from personal injury firm

A paralegal employed by a personal injury firm under an oral contract was entitled to a bonus payment worth almost £14,000, an employment tribunal has ruled.

October 9, 2017
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Sex discrimination: female chef excluded from working at all-male barbecue

An employment tribunal held that a female chef was discriminated against when she was rejected for extra work at a private event on the basis of her gender. Stephen Simpson rounds up recent first-instance tribunal judgments.

October 9, 2017
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Lawyers? Small businesses still prefer advice from accountants

Lawyers are still failing to persuade the small business community they are anything but a risk, the Conservative Party conference has heard.

October 4, 2017
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Price transparency proposals ‘encouraging’ says super regulator

Regulators’ action plans for legal practitioners to publish prices up-front provide a ‘sufficient starting point’ to meeting demands for pricing transparency in legal services, the super regulator said today.

October 3, 2017
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Hugh Hefner’s little-known lesson for HR

Hugh Hefner, who died at the age of 91 on Wednesday, lived a life that made media headlines – in two ways. He was the proprietor of Playboy Magazine and his lifestyle attracted the gaze of red-carpet reporters as well hacks who thought something else was up.

October 2, 2017
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Addison Lee wrongly classed drivers as self-employed, tribunal rules

Verdict in test case brought by three drivers against minicab firm could lead to wave of claims for unpaid wages and holiday pay. Drivers for London-based minicab company Addison Lee could be owed wages and holiday pay after an employment tribunal test case found that some had been wrongly classed as self-employed.

October 2, 2017
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GDPR – ICO Launches Helpline for Small Businesses

The clock is ticking fast regarding compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be fully enforced from 25 May 2018, with severe penalties for non-compliance.

October 1, 2017
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Clothing Company Wins Right to Trade Mark Internet Blogger’s Pseudonym

Online bloggers can build up phenomenal followings that can be monetized through advertising and endorsements. In a guideline decision, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has considered the extent to which their names, or very often the pseudonyms under which they operate, can be protected by trade marks.

September 28, 2017
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