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Equifax Data Breach – Another Maximum Fine from the ICO

The Information Commissioners Office has once again handed down the maximum fine available at its disposal, and in doing so has reinforced its recent trend of tougher punishments for breaches of data protection laws. Read more

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Fault-Based Divorce Could Be A Thing Of The Past

It is in the news again this week that Justice Secretary David Gauke is set to announce a consultation on plans for a major change to divorce laws which could see couples being allowed no-fault divorces and spouses losing the right to contest the breakdown of a marriage. Read more

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Recent progress on electronic signatures

A study published on 23rd August was deemed to be proof enough by the Law Commission that an electronic signature is sufficient to fulfil requirements for a signature on a document. The study tries to modernise the way in which we execute documents where there is a statutory requirement that a document must be signed, and, the electronic execution of deeds, including the requirements of witnessing and attestation and delivery. Read more

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Another Step Closer for Electronic Signatures

With a Law Commission Consultation Paper adding its voice to the advocates for electronic signatures, the advancement of electronic signatures continues towards universal acceptance. Read more

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British Airways Data Breach – Making the Best of a Bad Lot

Today’s headlines are being dominated by the story that British Airways have suffered an illicit data breach that has left the personal details and payment cards of 380,000 customers potentially exposed. The theft occurred via the airline’s website and mobile app.

It is hardly a surprise that many are already beginning to wonder if this breach will be the first high profile test case for GDPR and the new Data Protection regime. Read more

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Coca-Cola to Buy High Street Heavyweight Costa Coffee for £3.9bn

Coca-Cola look set to buy British multinational Costa Coffee for a staggering £3.9bn. The deal marks a key time in Coca-Cola’s history, as it aims to break into the coffee market. The deal allows the global giant other opportunities for revenue and is thought to have come about in order to try and combat falling revenues on their portfolio of sugary drinks. Read more

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A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Contracts Please

When does conversation stop being just that, and instead drifts toward a variation of the contract? Read more

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Forced Marriage: Home Secretary Vows to take Action

The Home Secretary has recently indicated in the media that she intends to take action over forced marriages.  Charities have warned that the Home Office has failed to protect British women and teenage girls forced into abusive marriages by granting visas to husbands abroad.  The Home Secretary has referred to forced marriage as “despicable, inhumane and an uncivilised practice that has no place in this country”.  Read more

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Do ‘knot’ ignore what is on your land

A recent Court of Appeal ruling, Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams and another [2018] EWCA Civ 1514, has raised the importance of dealing with Japanese knotweed as soon as you become aware of it.  As Network Rail found knowledge of the presence of knotweed and a failure to reasonably prevent it spreading even where there is no physical damage could become costly.
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What is foetal growth restriction and how should it be monitored to reduce the risk of stillbirth?

Not all babies who are small for gestational age have foetal growth restriction (FGR), but the likelihood of it is greater in babies which are small for gestational age (SGA). Read more

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