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Reviewing your contracts given shortcomings of the Dairy Hardship Fund

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With restaurants and cafes closed across the UK during the Covid-19 lockdown the dairy industry took an almost immediate ‘hit’ in sales and revenue, with the price per litre plummeting, milk uncollected and a significant drop in demand resulting...

Are Data Protection rules being eased during the Covid-19 restrictions?

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While not at the forefront of the minds of most business owners in these difficult times, regulatory compliance provides a further challenge as businesses adapt their products and services, their methods of delivery and their working practices. With regards...

Covid-19: Cancellations and Refunds and 'Force Majeure'

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The effect of Covid-19 is continuing to impact many businesses worldwide as they are unable to trade normally. The temporary closure of a large number of businesses in the UK has left many business owners wondering where they stand legally in respect of...

Distance Selling rules concerning contracts made online, by telephone, fax or email

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The Covid-19 lockdown has seen many small businesses rapidly adapt their business models to distance selling in order to continue to trade, adopting either a model of pre-ordering with collection or full delivery services. Orders can be provided...

Direct Marketing Code of Practice Consultation

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The introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018 saw many consumers anticipate a meaningful reduction in the spam hitting their email inbox. In parallel, many organisations radically reduced the size of their marketing databases as...

First ever GDPR fine shows cavalier attitudes will be punished

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On17th December 2019 the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) issued its first ever fine under GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation - a huge £275,000 fine to London based pharmacy, Doorstep Dispensaree Ltd (Doorstep). In addition to the...

Template Terms and Conditions

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If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are searching for a template set of terms and conditions to use for your fledgling business. The reluctance to spend money on legal advice that is not immediately going to bring you a return and help...

Brexit - Regulations and Licensing

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The possibility of a ‘No Deal Brexit’ still looms which would clearly impact those directly importing from or exporting to the EU. However, any business that relies on a supply chain involving the EU in some way should consider and assess the...

Morrisons Data Leak Appeal

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A court acknowledges that you have done nothing wrong in the way that you have protected data. You have been the victim of a crime for which someone went to prison. Yet you are liable for the distress and suffering caused by that crime. ...

GDPR six months on

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Six months on from the GDPR deadline of 25 May 2018, I still come across many business owners and senior managers who remain confused and bemused about what data protection compliance means in practice. In part, this is because a lot of activity and...

Brexit - Making your business resilient

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We are all aware that the process of ‘Brexit’ is likely to involve considerable change whatever the short term and longer term outcomes. The challenge for business owners and senior managers is deciding how to prioritise and plan. Trying to...

Why 'evidence of effort' matters

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We all tend to think of ‘regulated industries’ as those where safety or financial stability is critical – for example airlines and banks. The reality is that all businesses are exposed to regulation, ‘red tape’, bureaucracy,...

GDPR: Marks for showing your 'workings out'

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GDPR comes into force on 25 May 2018 and will impact on every organisation to some extent. Everyone has some work to do! How much will depend on how compliant you are now with the existing requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and how much...

Planning and prioritising ahead of the GDPR deadline

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Implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations (or ‘GDPR’) and the Data Protection Bill 2017 mean new rules concerning the storage, handling and use of data come into force in May next year. With a focus on giving individuals more...