Current Vacancy – Property Paralegal (leading to Training Contract)

Location: Brighton Mirkwood Evans Vincent is a specialist commercial law firm providing legal solutions to a range of corporate clients. Our commercial property team is based in Brighton and is led by the managing partner with over 20 years of experience in major city firms. She oversees six senior consultants assisting clients on matters relating to construction, litigation, property finance, …

Virtual Currencies in the European Single Market

What are virtual currencies? European Banking Authority (EBA) regards virtual currencies as being a digital representation of value that is neither issued by a central bank or a public authority nor necessarily attached to a regular currency, but is accepted by natural or legal persons as a means of payment, and can be transferred, stored or traded electronically. The leading …

VAT Rule Changes for UK Wholesale Telecommunications Supplies

VAT Reverse Charge Mechanism to apply to Certain Wholesale Supplies from 1st February 2016 Certain UK clients have asked me to explain the VAT rule changes for UK wholesale telecommunications supplies, and hopefully this blog will answer those questions. From 1st February 2016, providers of wholesale telecommunications services in the UK will no longer apply VAT to supplies to other …

Employee Monitoring

Personal Use by Employees of Employer Systems: Mr Bogdan Barbulescu vs the State of Romania Mr Barbulescu used certain business systems to send personal messages in breach of his employer’s stated Policy in this regard. The Employer monitored employee communications to ensure compliance with its Policy. Mr Barbelescu was found to have been in breach of the Policy and was …

GDPR Part 4 Focus on Data Subject Rights and New Processor/Controller Obligations

In this our fourth blog about the new EU Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), we focus on the rights of data subjects in relation to the processing, amendment and erasure of their data; and some of the new obligations on processors and controllers. Also, to continue the theme from the previous blogs, we compare the new GDPR provisions http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52012PC0011 with the …

GDPR Part 3 Consent to Processing and Sanctions for Non-Compliance

New EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) New Rules around Consent to Processing and Sanctions for GDPR Non-Compliance In this our third blog about the GDPR, I am going to look at the new rules on data subject consent to processing of their data, and the new regime of sanctions proposed by the GDPR for non-compliance. Also, to continue the …

IT Security Advice for Small Businesses

On 16th January 2016, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published a useful advice note on IT security advice for small businesses, called “A Practical Guide to IT Security”, a copy of which can be found here. It is well worth a read for all owners and senior managers of small businesses, however tech savvy they may be as individuals …

Costs of Compliance with the UK’s Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

The UK Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee reported on 1st February on the UK Government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill, including on the costs of compliance for UK communications service providers (“CSPs”). The draft Investigatory Powers Bill will require CSPs to retain the internet browsing history of all of their customers for the previous twelve months. The Government appears to have …

New Data Protection Regulation for Europe – Part 1: A One-Stop Shop for Multi-Nationals?

Multi-nationals have long complained that there is no one-stop shop under the existing EU data protection regulations, to facilitate EU wide compliance with data protection rules. The existing data protection regulations set minimum thresholds, which can and have been applied in different ways in different countries. It is in the light of hopes for that elusive one-stop shop, that the …