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- UK’s Landmark Group Claim for Compensation Under Data Protection Laws – Morrison’s Found Not Vicariously Liable for Actions of Rogue Employee
A landmark group claim for compensation under data protection laws in the UK between employees and employer has failed. The UK’s Supreme Court has held that a rogue employee’s activities were not sufficiently connected with his employment to make Morrison, his employer, vicariously liable for the data protection breach. If it had been held liable...
- COVID-19 UK – Flexibility in insurance policies for property managers
COVID-19 UK: Many insurance policies require annual lift servicing and water management system servicing. Is there any flexibility in policies for this sort of thing in exceptional circumstances? Our understanding is that insurers should be flexible around these sorts of requirements (e.g. annual lift servicing or water management system servicing) in property insurance policies given...
- Good news for employers, finally – the UK Supreme Court hands down judgment in WM Morrison Supermarkets plc (Appellant) v Various Claimants (Respondents)
In a judgment which will be warmly welcomed by employers (and their insurers) in the UK, the UK Supreme Court today overruled the Court of Appeal in holding that that Morrisons supermarkets is not vicariously liable for a data breach maliciously caused by a former employee.
- FCA updates statement on short selling bans and reporting
On 31 March 2020, the FCA updated its statement on short selling bans and reporting as follows: “On 16 March 2020, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a decision to temporarily amend the threshold for notifying net short positions to Competent Authorities under the SSR [Short Selling Regulation] from 0.2% of issued share...
- FCA statement on senior manager responsibilities for work-related travel
On 29 March 2020, the FCA issued a statement making it clear to firms how they should prioritise who should need to travel to the office and the responsibilities of senior managers in doing so. The statement applies to all FCA-regulated firms across the UK.
- United Kingdom’s CMA Issues Guidance to Businesses on Co-Operation During the Crisis
As we reported here, the UK government announced that, as part of a package of measures to allow UK grocery supermarkets to work together to feed the nation during the COVID-19 crisis, certain provisions of UK competition law will be relaxed temporarily for the domestic food sector. The CMA has now published a document setting...
- Adapting to change is business as usual: keeping you connected throughout the pandemic
The client money regime Over the coming weeks, partners from our financial services team will be sharing with clients and contacts a series of video diaries setting out their views on the latest developments in respect of COVID 19 impacts in the various areas of financial services. In our second video diary, Hannah Meakin provides...
- UK Pensions Regulator Guidance on Coronavirus
The Pensions Regulator (“tPR”) has released guidance on issues which occupational pension schemes may face as a result of disruption caused by COVID-19. To read the full update, please visit our website. If you wish to receive periodic updates on this or other topics related to the pandemic, you can be added to our COVID-19 “Special Interest”...
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the UK (updated position as at 27 March 2020)
On 20 March 2020, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme) as part of the UK government’s measures to help support businesses through the current COVID-19 pandemic. Brief guidance followed after the announcement, with more detailed guidance released on the evening of 26 March 2020. There is a lot we...
- COVID-19 response: Changes to annual leave carry-over
Whilst the current COVID-19 pandemic has seen many businesses and industries suffer a significant downturn in work, for others the situation is reversed. Against this background, the UK government has announced further emergency legislation to relax the rules around the taking of annual leave. Under normal principles in the Working Time Regulations 1998 (the WTR),...
- RSS users worldwide at 275 million? Ubiquitous RSS is almost upon us
Alex Barnett, International Program Manager for MSDN and TechNet at Microsoft, takes a look at the recent survey information on the use of RSS and concludes that ubiquitous RSS is almost upon us. …[T]he number of RSS users in the UK and US is now at a staggering 72.8 million…worldwide this is 275...
- Two new UK law blogs
What’s new on the UK legal web? reports on two new blogs: Family Lore, from a family law solicitor practicing in England and Wales, and The Landlord Law Blog, offering thoughts on residential landlord and tenant law....
- Justin Patten to write book on blogging
Justen Patten, a London solicitor and publisher of the Human Law blog has got a book on blogging coming out next year. I am pleased to inform you that Gower Publishing Ltd has just commissioned me to write a book on blogging. The provisional title is ‘Blogging and Other Social Media: Technology and ...
- Genetic Screening Hits National Health Service
The National Health Services in the United Kingdom proposes to implement genetic screening, based on Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), originally developed in the late 1980s to identify genetic defects and chromosomal abnormalities in embryos before they are transferred to the womb. The...
- Qigong used to cope with anxiety
Qigong helped people cope with anxiety following the SARS outbreak, according to research in the April issue of the UK-based Journal of Clinical Nursing. The study of Qigong (or Chigong) use looked at 98 people who had enrolled before the SARS outbreak and 70 who enrolled after the disease hit Hong ...
- Study cautions use of herbal remedies for depression and anxiety
A UK study cautions those using herbal remedies for depression and anxiety. In “Herbal remedies for depression and anxiety,” Edzard Ernst notes: Herbal remedies are used by many people suffering from anxiety or depression. It is therefore important to know whether they generate more good than harm. ...
- Fighting Financial Fraud At UK Banks
In the United States, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network regulates the customer identification procedures, (a.k.a “know your customer rules”), at banks. In order to clarify these procedures, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued guidance in January 2004. These customer...
- Who Pays the Bill for Asbestos Claims: Recent Developments in Asbestos-Related Disease Liability in the UK
This post was written by Darren Smith, Julia Dodds, and Claire Hamm. The UK has an estimated 3,000 deaths per year from mesothelioma, the lung cancer caused by inhalation of asbestos fibres. This rate of incidence shows no signs of slackening, a result of the historic exposure of the UK workforce...
- EAT gives guidance on how TUPE applies to service provision changes
In Kimberley Group Housing Ltd v Hambley and ors and Angel Services (UK) Ltd v Hambley and ors, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has overturned an Employment Tribunal’s finding that where a service provision contract is performed by one company and is taken over by two companies, the liability...
- PSL SaaS
Knowledge Management (KM) in the UK has meant something different than here in the US until recently. My top-line assessment has been that the UK gets the human aspect of KM and the US gets the technology part. We’ve both been working towards the middle with varying degrees of success. In the UK,...