The General Data Protection Regulation: what to expect

November 10, 2017

Regardless of the success or otherwise of the government’s ongoing Brexit negotiations, European law will continue to have a significant impact in the UK, at least in terms of data protection. From 25 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will directly apply to the UK, as well as the remainder of the… Read more »

NBCUniversal loses out to insurance company over definition of ‘war’

November 10, 2017

Media giant NBCUniversal could lose $6.9 million after a California federal judge granted summary judgment to Atlantic Speciality Insurance Company in a dispute over the television series Dig. The claim revolves around Atlantic’s refusal to pay out Universal’s relocation expenses on the grounds that they were the result of ‘war’ rather than ‘terrorism’, and were… Read more »

Friday the 13th writer in fight to reclaim rights

November 10, 2017

Almost forty years after the film’s release, the scriptwriter of the original 1980 version of horror classic Friday the 13th is attempting to reclaim his rights in his treatment and the film’s screenplay. An impending decision in the United States could lead to rights in the franchise being split, resulting in the prospect of films… Read more »

Gambling crackdown

November 8, 2017

Crackdown in the online gambling sector Following increasing concerns about mistreatment of customers arising from advances in technology, the Gambling Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) have started a joint programme to improve transparency and fairness in the gambling industry. The Gambling Commission has updated its Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards to… Read more »

Employment Department – Autumn Briefing 2017

October 31, 2017

Welcome to the Employment Department Autumn Briefing 2017.  In this edition we look at The monitoring of employees’ personal emails Developments in the law on protection against dismissal for pregnant workers Christmas party planning….54 days to go and counting! Employment law developments in the next quarter If you would like to discuss any of the… Read more »

Legal 500 lists Simkins as leaders in their fields

October 20, 2017

Simkins has again been recognised as one of the leading firms in a number of sectors in the new 2017 Legal 500 edition. The firm continues to be ranked in band 1 in the Media & Entertainment sector, with Legal 500 describing the group as an “ ‘extremely commercial’ team [that] provides ‘reliable advice’, has… Read more »

Employment Seminar: Managing Sickness Absence-A Headache For Employers?

October 9, 2017

Managing sickness absence is a key issue for employers.  In addition to the direct costs of absenteeism, managing staff absence can be a significant burden on management time, particularly if not done effectively.  High levels of absence can also demotivate colleagues and directly impact on their health, client service levels, and productivity.  In addition, if… Read more »