Whether it’s Facebook in the hot seat over Cambridge Analytica or Messenger consents or councils being fined for data breach, barely an edition of the national press or legal news passes at the moment, without at least one article about data privacy, data security and/or the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).
Another reminder for developers about the consequences of premature start on site
A recent appeal decision from the Planning Inspectorate has highlighted the unintended consequences for developers of an early start on site and the need to carefully understand exactly what the planning permission authorises before embarking on preliminary works.
Last year the Employment Tribunal upheld a complaint of direct sex discrimination from a male employee who was refused enhanced Shared Parental Pay (“SPP”) (Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd). Capita successfully appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the judgment was handed down last week. We briefly explore this latest judgment and highlight considerations for employers below.
Software as goods or services: why does it matter?
In various scenarios English law distinguishes between goods and services and there has been debate in recent years about which side of the line software should fall. This has been exacerbated by the changing nature of software delivery from provision in tangible format such as discs to provision online. In some cases this debate is academic but in the case of Computer Associates UK Limited v The Software Incubator Limited  the answer to the question of whether software is goods was a difference of some £475,000.
What happens if a witness discusses employment tribunal proceedings when under oath?
In employment tribunal proceedings, witnesses are often told that they are under oath and are not able to discuss the case while they are still in the process of giving evidence. A recent case has demonstrated just how important it is to follow this instruction.
Property disputes - Whose right of way is it anyway?
The decision in the recent Court of Appeal case of Annetts v Adeleye  EWCA Civ 555 is a useful reminder of the principles that need to be established when trying to bring a successful claim for abandonment of a right of way.
Don’t be an April fool, find out about the top 5 changes to employment law this month...
April has now sprung into action after the Easter bank holiday and we might (hopefully) be approaching better weather this summer. But before we longingly look towards the beach, we must work out what needs to be crossed off the employment law to-do list this month...