Five from 5: What does the WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc Data breach mean to employers?

Message from the Editor, Dan Hobbs  Welcome back to the new look ‘Five from 5’. This free bi-monthly employment law bulletin is created by the employment team at 5 Essex Court in association with Bloomsbury. This month’s bulletin contains five short articles on (i) employee data breaches; (ii) defending discrimination claims; (iii) defending victimisation claims; (iv) the power of the. Read more

Legal services orders and costs allowances: funding family finance proceedings

Funding and when may it be available It is likely that financial relief in matrimonial and civil partnership, and in some other financial relief proceedings (eg under Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984, (MFPA 1984) Pt 3) are unique in all litigation in enabling courts – in this case family courts – to provide for. Read more

Bloomsbury IP & IT Briefing: October Teaser

This months’ IP & IT Briefing looks at three significant Court of Appeal judgments published in October – two on patents and one on trade marks – and provides an update on Brexit planning and negotiations. The decision in Unwired Planet International Ltd & Anor v Huawei Technologies Co Ltd & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ. Read more

Brexit and the European Arrest Warrant: You Can’t Eat Your Cake and Have it

As the deadline for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) draws close, analysts continue to assess the impact that the withdrawal will have on the lives and businesses of those in the UK, and of course, on the UK economy. Beyond the restriction on the free movement of people,. Read more

IP & IT Law (15 October – 29 October)

IP & IT News British Airways: 185,000 more passengers may have had details stolen The Guardian – 25 October Last month, British Airways revealed that that 380,000 payment cards might be at risk, due to a data breach. The company has now revealed another 185,000 passengers may have had their personal data stolen. British Airways. Read more

Employment and Pensions Law (15 October – 29 October)

Employment News One in five employers ‘break the law when asking candidates about criminal records’ People Management – 25 October According to research from Unlock, a charity for people with convictions, 22% of employers break the law when they ask potential candidates about criminal records. Lack of guidance and misleading questions potentially mean employers risk. Read more

Unpacking Mediation 2: Voluntary

This is the second of five blogposts looking at key elements in the classic definition of mediation. My first published on 10 October 2018 discussed confidentiality: https://bloomsburyprofessionallaw.com/blog/unpacking-mediation/. In this one I ask: how voluntary is mediation? And: does it matter any way? Let’s be clear.  There is a difference between disputing parties having to consider. Read more

Bang to rites: everything you ever wanted to know about gavels but were afraid to ask

‘Sharp is the moment in which the head of the gavel strikes against the wooden surface and generates the sound of division between past and future…’ So declares Lorenzo Benedetti in his preface to Diego Tonus’s fascinating, eccentric and hilariously comprehensive study of gavels, The Presidents’ Hammers. Explaining their use as theatrical demonstration of finality,. Read more

Arbitration (24 September – 22 October)

Arbitration News Chile to seek international arbitration over Albemarle contract Reuters – 17 October Chile will be seeking international arbitration over an alleged breach of contract with US-based company, Albemarle. Lithium miner Albemarle Corp failed to offer a serious deal to companies in Chile seeking to produce battery metals, thus breaking the clause in its. Read more

Immigration Law (8 October – 22 October)

Immigration News Court of Appeal says statelessness must be proved on balance of probabilities Free Movement – 19 October Free Movement discuss the case of AS (Guinea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2234, in which the Court of Appeal rejected an attempt by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Read more

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