10 things I hate about the GDPR…. a view on why some ambiguities in GDPR could present issues for business – from a lawyer who advises on it

Andrew Kirke

Implementation of the GDPR was a landmark moment for lawyers working within the data protection sphere. Never before, in my time of practising law anyway, had I come across a new piece of legislation that clients had not only heard about, but were proactively contacting me about. There are many merits to the GDPR. Some ...

Selling a business where TUPE applies – what do you need to tell your employees?

Rachel Richardson

I am an HR Manager of a business which is to be sold and I believe that the provisions of TUPE will apply to the sale. I know that I have to inform the affected employees (there are 12), but how far do I have to go? Can I just tell them the date of ...

Construction Blog: Employer Risk on Partial Possession

Desmond Carr

It happens every day.  Contractor falls behind on a project.  Completion date passes.  Employer is chomping at the bit to get into their shiny new building.  Liquidated damages are racking up.  The attractive solution for both parties is for the contractor to grant the employer partial possession over the premises.  Employer gets to start using ...

Ending a relationship with proper notice – lessons from the villa

Jack Balmer

By Employment Solicitor, Jack Balmer. ITV2’s Love Island looks set to dominate our screens once again this summer. Indeed, the show has generated so much media attention that news about one of its contestants has caught the eye of our employment law team. Before joining her fellow islanders, contestant Samira Mighty was part of a ...

Pimlico Plumbers v Gary Smith.

Patricia Rooney

The Supreme Court has today issued its decision following the February hearing in Pimlico Plumbers v Gary Smith. As in previous rounds, (starting in 2011) Mr Smith has come out victorious, with the Supreme Court confirming the Employment Tribunal was correct in classifying him as a worker –  someone who personally provided services to Pimlico, ...

Another victory for workers’ rights: Addison Lee v Christopher Gascoigne

Patricia Rooney

Another victory for workers’ rights. In Addison Lee, the EAT have held that Christopher Gascoigne, a cycle courier, wasn’t an independent contractor but a worker. Mr Gascoigne won first time round in August 2017 at the Central London Employment Tribunal, where he was classified as a worker and entitled to arrears of holiday pay for ...

Corporate Transparency: Companies House Business Plan 2018-2019

John-George Willis

On 5 April 2018 Companies House published their business plan for 2018-2019 with a particular focus on the People with Significant Control (PSC) register and the commitment to transparency within the regime. From 6 April 2016 UK companies are required to hold a PSC register. The register includes information about the individuals who own or ...

Landlord Consent: What’s Reasonable?

Ciara McGreevy

By Real Estate Solicitor, Ciara McGreevy The Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in No. 1 West India Quay (Residential) Ltd v East Tower Apartments Ltd EWCA Civ 250 provides clarification for landlords as to what constitutes reasonable refusal of consent on the assignment of a lease. Background The tenant purported to sell 42 apartments, ...

GDPR: Tick Tock

Paul Eastwood

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union in Spring 2016, starting a countdown of just more than 2 years until its effective date. When publishing, we are less than 1 month away from that date, which should be familiar to many by now: 25 May 2018. ...

European Court of Justice issue preliminary ruling on financial collateral arrangements

Jane McKay

In Private Equity Insurance Group SIA v Swedbank AS EUECJ C-156/15 the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) delivered a preliminary ruling (the “Ruling”) on financial collateral arrangements (“FCAs”) (to include money, financial instruments (including assets and shares) together with credit claims), (the “Collateral”). The purpose of the Ruling was to consider ...