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Gift Wink and Mishcon de Reya

For over twenty years Mishcon de Reya has held an annual festive holiday party for children of those working at the firm. The party is open to all children who have parents working at the firm and is put together by trainees – the most jolly of which has the rare treat of donning a [...]

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Corporate - 1 year ago

When is a vlog an advert?

Paying influencers to market products via their social media channels is a commonly accepted marketing practice. [...]

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Technology - 1 year ago

Sanctions and Recent Developments in Iran and North Korea

Sanctions are often referred to as ‘political trade tools’ that place restrictions on targeted countries, with the aim of restoring or maintaining international peace and security. Their primary purpose is to change the behaviour of the relevant country’s regimes, individuals or groups in an attempt to improve the situation in that country. Iran On 14 [...]

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Dispute Resolution - 2 years ago

Mishcon takes Gamescom 2017

Over 355,000 public visitors and 30,700 trade visitors from 106 countries flocked to Cologne in August to visit Gamescom 2017, propelling it into the record books as the world’s largest ever video game event. Mishcon de Reya’s video game and esports team recap what they took from Gamescom 2017. Exclusive Licences on a ‘Galactic’ Scale [...]

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Sports - 2 years ago

Social media: a “breeding ground” for counterfeit goods?

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published a critical commissioned study, which identifies social media as the “most distinctive medium for communication” for sales of counterfeit goods, thereby undermining brand protection and resulting in both loss of revenue and damage to brand reputation, as well as causing issues for both government and consumers. The Share [...]

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Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property - 2 years ago

Data Protection Bill – A new framework for data protection in the UK

Coming in at a massive 194 sections, with 18 schedules, the Data Protection Bill was introduced in the House of Lords last week. It will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and aims to set new standards for protecting personal data, within the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and help prepare [...]

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Cyber, Data - 2 years ago

Flexible workspace: the new way

Flexible workspace: an option reserved for tech start-ups or an evolving trend for the full spectrum of the market? What is the attraction to tenants, or ‘members’ as they are commonly known, of this alternative workspace? And can it be used to provide modern flexibility in the more traditional employment relationship? Here’s our take. Flexibility. [...]

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Employment - 2 years ago

What’s normal about normal pay?

Holiday pay and voluntary overtime Holiday pay has been a contentious issue in the workplace for some time. In the past, the court has considered whether an employee’s holiday pay should include allowances (such as “time away from base” allowance), commission and compulsory overtime. A question that had not yet been answered was whether voluntary [...]

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Employment - 2 years ago

Brexit: the EU data protection package

The House of Lords EU Home Affairs sub-committee has issued a detailed report reviewing the implications of Brexit for the EU data protection package (comprising the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Policy and Criminal Justice Directive, the EU-US Privacy Shield and the EU-US Umbrella Agreement).  Whilst the Government has said that it wants to [...]

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Data, Technology - 2 years ago

Judge’s court notes disclosed following a data subject access request

The beginning of July saw a data protection decision which received little immediate commentary in the legal press, but which is likely to have far reaching consequences for future cases. In response to a request from Alfred Percival for a judge’s handwritten notes, created during Mr Percival’s Employment Tribunal hearing, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) [...]

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Data, Dispute Resolution, Employment - 2 years ago

Can I get my Bitcoins back?

Recent cyber-attacks have followed an all too familiar pattern: targeting unpatched operating systems of large businesses or government institutions, then demanding ransoms paid in Bitcoin. Those who weren’t already aware of Bitcoin certainly are now. Whilst the abuse of Bitcoin by anonymous criminals may sully its reputation amongst the population at large, its rapid growth [...]

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Blockchain, Cyber - 2 years ago

Social mobility – a different kind of diversity?

When we talk about diversity in the workplace, we often assume that this is limited to gender, race, disability or the other protected characteristics. Work to increase diversity in these areas is hugely important (as we have commented here and here for example) but diversity and inclusion is wider than that. A report published earlier [...]

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Employment - 2 years ago