Commercial Client Reference Articles

Outsourcing the Processing of Personal Information - Guidance

The Information Commissioner’s Office offers guidance  for smaller businesses on how to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) when you outsource the processing of personal information, such as your payroll function or customer mailing...

Money Laundering Regulations

Money laundering is the process by which criminals turn their 'dirty' income – which is usually earned in cash – into 'clean' money, by undertaking transactions which hide the original source of the cash and/or turn the cash into 'legitimate...

Nuisance Calls and Texts Law

Since 6 April 2015, changes to the law have given the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) enhanced powers to take action against companies making nuisance marketing calls and sending spam messages. Previously, the ICO could only issue a civil monetary...

ICO 'Must Do' Data Protection Guide

  The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a guide to protecting personal data , ' which it describes as outlining the procedures organisations must follow to ensure data security. In the wake of a fine of £200,000 being...

Employee Fraud

Most corporate fraud is employee fraud. Although fraud has traditionally been regarded as hard to prove, the Fraud Act 2006 provisions make it easier to obtain convictions for fraud a than was possible under the predecessor legislation. Under the Act,...

Cookie Law

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011  require consent to be obtained for the use of cookies and similar technologies for storing information, and accessing information stored, on a user’s...

Direct Marketing Via E-mail - Regulations

UK law relating to the sending of unsolicited direct marketing material by electronic means are based on the EC Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications and are modified by the General Data Protection Regulation which will start to be enforced...

Contractors Are Your Responsibility

A handbook  produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outlines the responsibilities of both the contractor and the client in situations in which work is carried out by contractors rather then employees. It does not apply to circumstances in...

Patent Searches

Checking for existing patents in force is easy (and free) if you use the UK Intellectual Property Office's (UKIPO) patent databases which are accessible online. The new databases replace the Patents Journal and are designed to make obtaining information...

Step by Step Plan for Health and Safety Compliance

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a ‘step by step plan’ for businesses for protecting the health and safety of workers and others . The key recommended actions are: 1. Register a new business with the appropriate authority...
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