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The Best of the ‘Best of Guest’ 2018

Before we kick off 2019, we wanted to share our pick of this year’s wisest words and most memorable quotes from our brilliant Business Shapers. These are the successful entrepreneurs and business people who have been interviewed by Mishcon de Reya’s Partner & Director of Business Development, Elliot Moss, on our ‘Jazz Shapers’ programme on [...]

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Jazz Shapers - 4 months ago

The Taylor Review: intended reforms announced

They said ‘something must be done’. This is something… A little over two years ago, the rise of the gig economy, the increased use of zero hours contracts and a sense that a large part of the workforce had little or no job security or protections led the government to ask Matthew Taylor to look [...]

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Employment - 4 months ago

HMRC Employer Bulletin: navigating what constitutes a National Minimum Wage breach

HMRC have released their bi-monthly Employer Bulletin which is intended to give employers the latest information on topics and issues that may affect them. [...]

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Employment - 4 months ago

Incentivising employees in the age of blockchain

Implementing an appropriate and effective remuneration and incentive policy for management and employees is a key driver for a successful business.  Traditionally, incentive plans have included bonus schemes, share option schemes and other share-based arrangements.  These plans can be used to strategically incentivise certain employee behaviours, though they are not without their drawbacks.  We routinely [...]

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Blockchain, Corporate, Employment, Technology - 5 months ago

Interpol Announces that South Korean Kim Jong Yang has been Elected President

Interpol, the world’s largest police organisation best known for issuing red notices, has found itself at the centre of media attention. The previous president, Meng Hongwei, resigned after being detained by the Chinese authorities on allegations of corruption. The two candidates to fill the position of president were Kim Jong Yang of South Korea and [...]

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White Collar Crime & Investigations - 5 months ago

Blockchain 101: what is a smart contract?

In our previous articles, we have explored blockchain, cryptocurrencies and ICOs.  This article focusses on the smart contract or, more precisely, the blockchain-based smart contract. What is a smart contract? While they might be called smart contracts they, rather confusingly, are neither smart nor contracts.  The concept was conceived in 1994 by Nick Szabo, who [...]

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Blockchain, Corporate, Technology - 5 months ago

International Strategies for white-collar crime enforcement

The US Department of Justice’s (‘DOJ’) chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Unit of the Fraud Section, Daniel Kahn, has commented on the increase in international fraud investigations meaning a greater likelihood that US prosecutors will need to acquire evidence from overseas. He also indicates some of the difficulties this poses and outlines potential solutions. [...]

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White Collar Crime & Investigations - 6 months ago

Is the Telecoms Code impeding progress?

Telecommunication technology is rapidly progressing. The government has recently announced plans to facilitate the nationwide rollout of 5G networks, but landlords and operators are locked in a stand-off due to the impact of the new Electronic Telecommunications Code. [...]

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Technology - 6 months ago

Island of AI: Singapore emerges at the new tech frontier

In a recent ranking of the most cited artificial intelligence research papers, which was studded with the likes of MIT and Google, a perhaps surprising name stood out: Nanyang Technological University. In fact, the Singapore university ranked second in the top ten only to Microsoft. [...]

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Cyber, Data, Technology - 6 months ago

R v E – Reasonable Lines of Enquiry, Disclosure and Terminating Rulings

In allowing an appeal against a terminating ruling, the Court of Appeal has provided helpful guidance in relation to the prosecution’s duty of disclosure and the meaning of what constitutes a ‘reasonable line of enquiry’. Case background The case concerned allegations that the defendant (who was the respondent to the appeal) had sexually assaulted his [...]

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White Collar Crime & Investigations - 6 months ago

Google+: the importance of notifying users of a data breach

It has been announced that Google is to shut down Google+ after it did not disclose a user data breach. Commenting on this, Mishcon de Reya Cyber Security Lead Joe Hancock said: “Any accusation of covering up a personal data breach is a particularly sensitive issue, particularly in this post GDPR climate in which personal data is [...]

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Cyber - 7 months ago

Sponsorship agreements: what rights do brands have?

Commenting on the impact the recent allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo could have on his sponsorship agreements, Mishcon de Reya Commercial Lawyer Simon Leaf – who specialises in such contracts – said: “Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in world sport – he has spent many years building up his reputation as not only [...]

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Sports - 7 months ago