GDPR develops a backbone – what can we learn from the recent British Airways and Marriott International GDPR fines?
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the United Kingdom’s data privacy regulator, has this week published a statement confirming their intention to fine Marriott International approximately £93 million for a data breach that infringed the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The proposed fine relates to a data breach that Marriott reported to the ICO in November […]
Pre-nuptial agreements – are they enforceable?
A pre-nuptial agreement, otherwise known as a ‘pre-nup’, is a formal written document which is entered into by both parties prior to their marriage. The agreement sets out the ownership of the parties’ belongings (assets, property, money) and how they will be divided in the event of marriage breakdown. Section 25(1) Matrimonial Causes Act (MCA) […]
Simultaneous Deaths – Who Inherits?
The High Court is currently considering an interesting case based on the Commorientes Rule. In October 2016, John Scarle (aged 79) and his wife, Ann Scarle (aged 69), died of hypothermia at their home. They each had a daughter from a previous relationship, and these surviving stepsisters, Anna Winter (daughter to John Scarle) and Deborah […]
‘X’ Marks the Spot
A red’ X’ sign displayed above a motorway lane indicates that a driver is prohibited from driving in that lane. The Highways Agency over the last 5 years has used these red ‘X’ signs on smart motorways to manage traffic around an obstruction in the lane. Drivers failing to comply with traffic signs are guilty […]
Important Tax Rule Changes for Companies & Their Contractors
The self employed and independent contractors have traditionally been able to decide whether to operate through a personal service company, under which they receive dividends and an income from the company, with the latter paying corporation tax on its income minus allowable costs including any salary paid out. The purpose and objective of this so-called […]
Corporate Criminal Liability –The “case” of John Doe and Wood Signs Ltd
Some of our Crime and Regulatory team had the opportunity to present a mock trial at the Global Fleet Champions Fleet Safety Conference on the 22 May 2019. A full report of the event can be found here. The mock trial involved the prosecution of the fictional John Doe who was charged with causing death […]