First they came for the Democratic National Committee, and you didn’t revise your cybersecurity strategy. Then they came for Netflix, and you didn’t protect your network. Then they came for the NHS, and you didn’t improve your security profile. Then they came for your business, and there was nothing left to do. A cyber-criminal had infiltrated your network, taking data and demanding a ransom.

Cast your mind back to April 2016. It might be difficult to remember a time pre-Brexit negotiations and the Trump administration, but perhaps harder not to recall the blockbuster scandal that was the Panama Papers leak: the largest data leak in history (and probably the third most famous thing to come from Panama - losing solely to the hat and the canal, of course.)

A Lesson in Law

Robert Taylor

For the first time in history, both businesses and consumers can choose how they access the law and how much they pay through our innovative new model. We’re putting our clients back in the driver’s seat by giving them the choice to instruct us on a regulated basis or an unregulated basis.

Last month, figures published by the BBC revealed an embarrassing disparity between the salaries of its male and female employees. As a corporation whose motto is to educate, inform and entertain, it’s difficult to see the entertainment in these figures: in fact, since publishing this data, the BBC have faced a barrage of criticism from the public and threats of legal action from employees for blatant discrimination - and rightly so.

Getting hacked is not something you expect to happen to your business or organisation - until it does. Don’t believe me? Just ask Bangladesh Bank, the victim of a cyber-attack last year, which resulted in the theft of $81,000,000. Or even better - ask Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, who had his private email conversations with the presidential candidate laid bare to the world only weeks before the election.

Brexit Begins

Robert Taylor

The time has come for Theresa May to trigger Article 50 and officially begin the Brexit process. To some, this is the beginning of the end. The truth is, it’s actually just the end of the beginning.

In 1998, the Data Protection Act became law in the UK. It replaced the Data Protection Act 1984, and the Access to Personal Files Act 1987. The purpose of this legislation was to regulate the storage, use and management of individuals’ personal information. This was all well and good – in 1998.

Cast your mind back to April 2010. Gordon Brown had just been caught calling a pensioner “bigoted.” The volcanic eruption in Iceland had just stopped 10 million travellers from reaching their destination. Business rates had just been revaluated.

Well, here we are. 8 months after the UK’s vote to leave, the divorce proceedings between Britain and the EU have finally begun. Brexit is officially upon us, and it looks like Theresa & The Gang have managed to put together a bit of a plan.

The Construction Industry Scheme applies to you if you pay subcontractors to do construction work or if your business doesn’t do construction work but you usually spend more than £1 million a year on construction.

The EAT has ruled on the thorny issue of childcare vouchers while on maternity leave. The rules on maternity leave state that while a woman is entitled to any non-cash benefit under her contract, she is not entitled to remuneration.

Shared Parental Leave

Robert Taylor

Five months since the introduction of Shared Parental Leave, most employers still don’t understand it very well. Unless you have had a request to take Shared Parental Leave, you probably haven’t looked too closely at it.

Bribery Act 2010

Robert Taylor

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1st July 2011 and replaces all previous legislation on this topic. The Act makes it an offence to offer a bribe, to receive a bribe or to bribe a public official.

There have been a plethora of cases recently where the Health and Safety Executive has successfully prosecuted individuals and companies who have permitted staff and others to suffer injury whilst working at height:

Workplace Pension Scheme

Robert Taylor

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, or have spent the last few months on holiday, you will have heard about the Workplace Pension Scheme that will become a mandatory requirement for all businesses in the UK, regardless of size.

How Times Have Changed

Robert Taylor

Recently, whilst scanning through an old Law Society Gazette (27th Oct 2014), I came across and was drawn to an article by Jonathan Rayner entitled, “How to: work from home” in the Practice Management section.

Every October brings new employment law changes, and 2015 is certainly no different. While the Government’s proposals to toughen the rules on industrial action have been headline news this summer, we should not overlook the legal changes that are just around the corner.