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Should children be heard in English family…

Head of Mishcon de Reya’s Family department…

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Facebook to invest £1 million to combat…

Mishcon de Reya comments

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: YAHOO DATA BREACH

CYBER SECURITY EXPERT, JOE HANCOCK - MISHCON DE…

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COMMENT: OVER 1,000 CYBER-ATTACKS REPORTED…

CYBER SECURITY EXPERT, JOE HANCOCK - MISHCON DE…

Commenting on news that more than 1,000 incidents were reported to the National Cyber Security Centre in its first year of operation, Joe Hancock, Cyber Security Lead at Mishcon de Reya, says: "One thousand attacks may seem like a large number but the reality is that these are the tip of the iceberg. "The majority of these attacks on business, government and third sector organisations go unreported and often undetected.  Behind these high profile attacks there are the millions of online crimes that affect individuals everyday.  "We routinely deal with these often unreported issues. More needs to be done to support law enforcement in supporting both victims and responders to better detect and recover from them. The NCSC is a critical part of these activities and the UK strategy to become one of the safest places to be online. We are keen to see this strategy broadened with further investment.  "The recent Equifax breach shows the potential downsides of large scale data collection where there is little consent. The level of cyber security is not globally consistent and we are always only as strong as the weakest link where data is stored."    To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: EQUIFAX DATA BREACH

CYBER SECURITY EXPERT, JOE HANCOCK - MISHCON DE…

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COMMENT: GAMBLING FIRM 888 HIT WITH RECORD…

Commenting on the Gambling Commission's decision that 888 must pay over £7.8million for failing to protect vulnerable customers, Mishcon de Reya Betting and Gaming Partner Nick Nocton said:   "Whilst the scale of the breach in relation to self-exclusion was significant - 888 is one of the largest operators in the UK market - this case nevertheless is remarkable for the scale of the financial payment, and is a further very clear indication, if indeed one were needed, of the Commission's determination to safeguard consumers." To arrange an interview with Nick Nocton, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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COMMENT/ INTERVIEW: "Financial Fair Play is…

Chair of Society of Football Intermediaries and…

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE LAW…

MISHCON DE REYA EMPLOYMENT PARTNER, GREG CAMPBELL

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COMMENT: Kamal Rahman, Head of Immigration…

Importance of international students to UK economy

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CPS REVISE GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE HATE CRIME …

Commenting on the revised guidance from the Crown Prosecution Services, which advises prosecutors in England and Wales to treat online hate crimes as seriously as abuse committed face-to-face, Mishcon de Reya Legal Director Emma Woollcott said:   "This guidance is a big step in the right direction: effective deterrence is crucially important in crimes that are so easy to commit, and which have devastating consequences on victims' safety and wellbeing and for society more generally.   "The greatest challenge, however, is to ensure proactive enforcement of the laws, and of social media companies' own policies against online abuse, on the front line. There is no point having such guidance and standards if they are not properly policed, and if essential data is lost by slow and ineffective responses from social media platforms. Victims and their advisors must act quickly and persistently to ensure that perpetrators are identified and brought to justice."

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Economist: "Government's proposed customs…

Oxera's Kimela Sha comments

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FIRMS FACE HUGE FINES FOR CYBER SECURITY…

Commenting on news that firms could face fines of up to £17m or 4% of global turnover if they fail to protect themselves against cyber attacks, Joe Hancock, Cyber Security Lead at Mishcon de Reya, said: "The continued high profile of this bill again underlines how crucial cyber security is when it comes to the protection of data. As well as protecting data from hackers, or from simply being lost by staff, companies must notify individuals when their data is lost or stolen within 72 hours if the loss poses a serious risk to them.   "The fines for data breaches under the new laws will be greatly increased from a maximum of £500k today, to up to £17m or 4% of global revenues. These are huge numbers and not to be taken lightly, however it is unlikely that these penalties will be widespread given the sheer number of organisations the bill applies too and the historic lack of heavy enforcement action for all but the worst offenders.   "The bill also introduces new criminal offences, for identifying individuals from anonymised data and also for modifying records to avoid disclosure. These offences really hammer home the level of potential enforcement the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) can bring to bear, and may signal a more strict enforcement regime.   "Businesses now need to be prepared to both protect data and to respond when the worst happens. 72 hours is not long and a badly-worded, ill thought-out notification could cause significant reputational damage and the loss of customers." To arrange an interview with Joe Hancock, Cyber Security lead at Mischon de Reya, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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GDPR: UK data protection laws to be…

Legal cyber security expert, Joe Hancock comments

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Bell Pottinger case

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Andrew Meaney, Head of Transport at Oxera on…

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INTERVIEW: Border chaos after Brexit to cost…

There has been a notable shift in Theresa May's language around the frictionless transport of goods between the UK and EU after Brexit—from vowing to maintain frictionless transport to making it ‘as frictionless as possible’. Meanwhile, Michel Barnier suggested it won't be possible to exit the single market and build a customs union to achieve frictionless trade. Commenting on how frictionless our trade can get, Andrew Meany, Partner at economics consultancy Oxera, said:   "A flourishing supply chain for many manufactured goods has grown up using facilities on either side of the Channel, but the UK elements of this chain are at risk if the cost and uncertainty created by customs checks - which can vary considerably in duration - are deemed to outweigh the benefits of doing business in the UK.   "One important barrier to ensuring the delivery of frictionless trade is the new government IT system. It was agreed well before the referendum was announced that the current HMRC customs clearance system, CHIEF, would be replaced in March 2019. It’s now due to be delivered just before we leave the EU and, having been planned to deliver 60 million clearances per annum, it will now need to deliver 300 million per year, with no understanding yet of what the customs deal with the EU looks like.   "A further barrier to getting the necessary provisions in place for Brexit is the UK’s planning system - it will be at least 2018 before a lorry park designed as an alternative to using the M20 motorway for parking can open.   "At Oxera, we anticipate that a scenario of slow trade with low regulation and high enforcement will cost the UK economy at least £1bn per year. The impact of minimal friction, by contrast, would be broadly negligible.   "Achieving even a low-friction outcome will not be easy and businesses in the UK and the EU need to know very soon the customs rules under which they will be trading. The decision cannot be part of a last-minute deal on the eve of Brexit, due to the time it will take to get trade moving under the new arrangements. The costs to logistics businesses and their customers, users of the road network and, eventually, jobs in the UK of a relatively limited increase in friction will be considerable. And ‘no deal’ on a customs union would have extremely serious consequences for the UK economy. Providing a policy direction in this area should be a priority for the government when Parliament returns from recess."   To arrange an interview with Andrew, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 07872377493

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Supreme Court today rules government acted…

Mishcon de Reya comment

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COMMENT/ INTERVIEW: ONS REPORT REVEALS THE…

Economist, David Jevons, explains why UK products…

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Law Commission considering bringing will law…

Commenting on the news that the Law Commission is considering whether texts, emails and other electronic communications should be recognised as a valid will in exceptional circumstances, Mishcon de Reya trust and succession disputes lawyer, Mark Keenan, said:   "As the Law Commission identifies, 40% of adults do not have a will. Anything that encourages more people to make their wishes explicit is to be welcomed. That said, a will which sets out your last wishes needs careful consideration and reflection. The existing formal process of signing a will goes some way to provide this through its requirement of two witnesses and independent corroboration of the event.   "Emails and text messages on the other hand are often sent in haste and without much thought. We should exercise caution when over-subscribing to the pressures of an increasingly digital world where matters as important as this are concerned.   "If emails and text messages are accepted as a valid and legally binding expression of someone's wishes, there is obviously the risk of abuse. There's also the question of how it is going to be possible to ensure that one particular message, understood to be a person's last wishes, hasn't been subsequently changed by a later email or text.   "The commission has proposed a number of protections, which I would expect to be strongly supported given the increasingly elderly population who are susceptible to financial abuse. We have certainly seen an increase in cases involving financial abuse of vulnerable adults.   "I would be concerned that without very careful moderation, permitting digital technology to transmit someone's wishes will simply increase the potential for will disputes."   To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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NET NEUTRALITY: TECH GIANTS JOIN CAMPAIGN TO…

Today tech giants will join the campaign to preserve rules that forbid internet providers from favouring some websites over others in a long running debate around net neutrality. Felipe Flórez Duncan, Partner and Head of the Telecoms & Media team at economics consultancy Oxera, has extensive experience in the application of competition and regulatory economics, including in abuse of dominance cases, vertical agreements, mergers, and regulatory policy and strategy. Please see below his comment on the latest developments in the debate around net neutrality.   To arrange an interview, please contact presthaya@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW: BOOSTING SOCIAL MOBILITY TO…

Just a small improvement to social mobility in the UK – bringing it up to the western Europe average - could lead to an annual increase in GDP of £590 per person, according to new research by economic consultancy Oxera for the Sutton Trust. This improvement to social mobility could boost GDP by 2.1% in the long term, equivalent to around £39 billion in total.   To arrange an interview with Helen Jenkins, Managing Partner at Oxera, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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TAYLOR REVIEW: MISHCON DE REYA LAWYER, WILL…

Commenting on the Taylor Review, Mishcon de Reya Lawyer Will Winch said:   Many individuals enter the gig economy willingly as a result of the flexibility it offers. A large proportion of the gig economy is made up of those in the creative industry, as well as project managers and administrative staff. They are often well paid. Others, though, struggle to earn the minimum wage through the work they do.   This is a nuanced area, and it would be difficult to make any sweeping changes that would benefit everyone: even if steps are taken to protect the most vulnerable, this may have a knock on effect on those who could lose the flexibility that they value so highly.   The difference between 'dependent contractors' and the existing worker status is that the person supplying the labour may be entitled to offer someone else to do the work for them – this would have disqualified them from worker protection under the old rules. The Report calls on employers to provide workers with a statement on the first day of their employment which sets out their status and rights (extending the current requirement which only applies to employees).   The extent to which the recommendations in the report will be implemented into statute remains to be seen. Before the election, it was likely to have formed the basis of legislation for years to come. However, given the reaction from Labour and the unions, it may only become a 'best practice' guide for employers in the gig economy.   To arrange an interview, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW: TAYLOR REVIEW – EMPLOYMENT LAW…

Susannah Kintish to comment on what the Taylor…

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COMMENT: SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES IN GERMANY…

Defamation litigator at Mishcon de Reya, Katy…

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COMMENT: CYBER SECURITY EXPERT, JOE HANCOCK,…

National Audit Office (NAO) reports that more…

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WHEN ALGORITHMS SET PRICES: WINNERS AND…

New research and interview opportunity with Oxera…

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Mishcon de Reya's IP Lawyer comments on…

On 17th May, the Court of Appeal handed down its much-anticipated decision on whether the four-finger KitKat shape is capable of being protected as a UK trade mark (Nestlé v Cadbury).    Early last year, a High Court judge decided that it was not capable of trade mark protection, rejecting Nestle's reliance on acquired distinctiveness through use. Nestle appealed this decision to the Court of Appeal.    The Court of Appeal's decision deals with the question of protection of the KitKat shape in the UK, but also more broadly provides guidance on what types of shapes should be protected through trade markregistrations. The decision may be appealed (with permission) to the Supreme Court.   Sally Britton, Intellectual Property lawyer at Mishcon de Reya commented:   "Non-traditional trade mark registrations covering shapes, sounds, colours and smells are becoming increasingly popular as brands look to experiences to drive brand value. The Court of Appeal has today handed down its decision in one of several disputes between Nestlé and Cadbury relating to Nestlé's attempts to trade mark the shape of its four-finger bar. The court's decision sets a high bar for the registration of shape marks. This case is interesting as it examines the type of use and consumer recognition required to obtain monopoly protection over a shape mark. Businesses seeking to protect non-traditional trade marks such as shapes or packaging will need to provide evidence that consumers are relying on that trade mark to identify the origin of the product."  

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INTERVIEW TOMORROW: KitKat four finger…

To arrange an interview with Sally Britton, Partner in Mishcon de Reya’s Intellectual Property Department, please contact charlotte@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656

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INTERVIEW: LEGAL PERSPECTIVE ON NHS CYBER…

Commenting on the ongoing issues cause by the WannaCry cyber-attack, Joe Hancock, cyber security expert at law firm Mishcon de Reya, said: "The malicious software used in the attack infects systems and encrypts their contents – often known as ransomware. These types of attacks have been growing in recent years, but have not been seen at this scale before. The attack can move from system to system laterally, as well as being delivered via malicious e-mails.   "Much of the blame for this week's specific problem has been laid on organisations using Windows XP, an operating system that is 16 years old and has not been supported by Microsoft for three years. Whilst people are strongly advised to move away from the platform, Windows XP is here to stay - it is embedded within many devices, from MRI machines in the health service to Point of Sale systems in large retailers which cannot be easily or cheaply upgraded.   "There will be a large global investigation into these attacks, and it is probable that some of the perpetrators will be identified. It is unlikely however that all those responsible will be held to account.   "As well as an in-depth investigation, we are now likely to see a strong reaction from governments, speeding up the regulation of crypto currencies such as Bitcoin and anonymous payment mechanisms that allow criminals to profit from such attacks. Somewhat conversely, such mechanisms are often the very thing that also allows new digital businesses to thrive.   "More broadly, a debate is emerging between large tech vendors and the government, as to where responsibility lies for the disclosure of vulnerabilities. It is likely that the National Security Agency (NSA) had previously identified this issue, but for intelligence purposes, chose not to disclose publicly. The damage caused by it being leaked into the wild is now, unfortunately, all too clear."  

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NHS cyber-attack: Comment from Cyber…

Following news that the NHS has been hit with a large-scale cyber-attack, Joe Hancock, cyber security expert at law firm Mishcon de Reya, said: "Today's large-scale cyber-attack on the NHS seems to be a criminally motivated ransomware attack. Whilst there is currently little evidence of ransoms being paid, it is possible that some smaller organisations will do so, although they may then deny it. The attack seems to have spread between interconnected systems, affecting multiple NHS trusts and providers and impacting their operations.   "High profile cyber-attacks are often closely linked to geo-politics, and this is likely to become a national issue over the coming weeks, especially for a sector that is key to the critical national infrastructure.   "There have been recent examples of attacks affecting healthcare globally – such as huge leaks of US medical records, for example -  and it was therefore almost inevitable that this type of activity would cross the Atlantic at some point. That said, it is surprising to see it happen at this scale, and it is increasingly critical that systems are put in place to stop such attacks.   "These attacks aren't new. They are a problem for many large organisations, and hospitals often have issues with Data Protection more broadly, whilst IT and technical systems are often not as advanced as in the private sector, making them an easy target. Simply doing the basics can prevent attacks of this type."  

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LIA v Société Générale & Ors: statement on…

Walid Giahmi's lawyer, Kathryn Garbett, Head of Fraud Defence at Mishcon de Reya, said:   "In an extraordinary development, the LIA's unfounded claims against Walid Giahmi have been abandoned, with the claimant liable for his legal costs. This is a complete exoneration of my client, who has been subject to serious allegations involving bribery and intimidation for the past three years. Throughout this period, we vigorously defended the allegations against Mr Giahmi which amounted to nothing more than a baseless conspiracy theory: they should never have been brought at all.   "The LIA had unlimited resources and engaged a vast legal team, including four QCs for trial and a team of forensic accountants, incurring huge legal fees. Despite this, it discontinued the proceedings on what should have been the second day of trial, before oral openings could take place.   "During the course of the proceedings, Mr Giahmi provided full disclosure of all of his financial records and telephone communications dating back to 2006, which showed no illegal payments at all. Mr Giahmi was also forced to seek confidentiality protection for the identities of other individuals in Libya giving evidence in the proceedings because of the risks to their lives and the lives of their families. The Court agreed to impose these protective measures in the face of opposition from the LIA.   "Mr Giahmi is relieved that these proceedings, which had been brought in breach of Libyan Law, have come to an end. He does not intend to make any further comment at this stage."     For more information please contact jess@the10group.co.uk or 0207 637 0656

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Machine learning - R4 24.04.17

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: Legal response to the…

Commenting on the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) survey, which found one in five firms hit by a cyber attack last year, Mishcon de Reya Cyber Security Lead Joe Hancock said:   “One in five actually seems incredibly low. I suspect most organisations will have had some kind of cyber risk issue, whether fraud or data theft and just may be deciding not to report it.   The low number of firms protecting themselves is also surprising. Doing the basics will protect companies against many cyber issues, and these measures do not need to be expensive or resource intensive.   There have been similar findings published over the past few years, but it still seems that organisations only really take security seriously when regulation or legislation forces them to, especially for data protection issues. Companies seem to struggle to balance their own risk management against wider rights of those whose data they hold in trust.     The excuses for not taking this issue seriously are running out. Cyber is a headline news item and shows no sign of blowing over. Customers and consumers will not stick with companies that can't get a handle on cyber protection. The links between mature cyber security, increased digital skills and company value are becoming much more pronounced. Good cyber security is a good indicator for how well the organisation will cope with an increasingly digital business world."  

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INTERVIEW/ COMMENT: Wonga data breach…

Mishcon de Reya Cyber Security Lead Joe Hancock

Commenting on the Wonga data breach this weekend, which affects around 245,000 customers in the UK and 25,000 in Poland, Mishcon de Reya Cyber Security Lead Joe Hancock said:     "In other data breaches to date, mainly e-mail addresses and passwords have been lost, however on this occasion a variety of information - including bank account details, names and addresses - has been breached, making this more serious. The more personal and confidential the data, the greater the implications for consumers, especially when related to sensitive areas such as loans.   "This is added to the fact Wonga operates in an industry which has previously attracted negative media attention. It is therefore particularly important for other businesses in this space to be alive to the fact that a breach of this nature has the potential to impact them even more than other sectors. Such scandals can be fatal for a company's reputation and can even threaten to bring it down completely.   "The loss of data of Polish citizens in this instance shows that British companies need to ensure they are paying close attention to European data protection regulations, and start preparing for when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes in to force in May next year.     "Notifying customers, as Wonga did, is the right thing to do and soon to be a regulatory requirement, however the messaging is very important. In this case, the notification appears to have been written to minimise Wonga's liability - it does not deal with the bank account information lost, and instead focuses on credit card information which was not fully exposed in the breach. Strong warnings to monitor suspicious activity seem out of place with denials that loan accounts have been accessed, meaning the breach may turn out to be more severe than expected."    To arrange an interview please contact Presthaya: presthaya@the10group.co.uk 0207 637 0656

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Daughter cut out of will loses animal…

Mark Keenan commenting on the Illot v Mitson…

"Following this judgment claims by a would-be adult child claimant for provision under the Act will face an uphill struggle, especially where faced with the clear testamentary wishes of the testator in their Will. Establishing a need for maintenance is unlikely to be enough.  Where charitable beneficiaries are also involved, this will arguably be made more difficult still.  For charities however, the news is positive. By contrast to the Court of Appeal's previous assertion that any money received by a charity is a "windfall", the positive acknowledgment that a charity need not justify a competing claim to a would-be claimant based on need will undoubtedly be welcome news."   To arrange an interview with Partner Mark Keenan, Trust and Succession legal expert at Mishcon de Reya please contact presthaya@the10group.com 0207 637 0656 

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Reputation protection lawyer on Katie…

Emma Woollcott, a lawyer at Mishcon de Reya who specialises in reputation protection, said: "This sensible decision demonstrates how serious harm and distress can be caused by defamatory tweets, and how significant costs might have been avoided by Hopkins - when she realised her apparent mistake - by proper contrition and a prompt apology."   To arrange an interview: deborah@the10group.co.uk

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Unmarried woman wins pension battle -…

Barbara Reeves, a Partner in the Family Department at Mishcon de Reya, says: Today's judgment brings Northern Ireland in line with England, Wales and Scotland with regards to the rights a surviving cohabitee has to their partner's pension. In this sense, the decision is welcomed. However, the decision brings into sharp focus the issue of what happens when a cohabitational relationship ends by separation rather than by death.  Our legal system largely ignore the needs and obligations of the adult members of separated, unmarried, families. Although cohabitants do have some legal protection in several areas, cohabitation does not alter a couple’s legal status, unlike marriage and civil partnership. As a result of parliamentary inertia, a significant proportion of the adult population has, in effect, been marginalised by the law. There are over three million cohabiting couples in England and Wales, and increasing numbers of children are born each year outside of legally regulated relationships. Nevertheless it is still perfectly possible for one party in a cohabiting relationship to leave a relationship destitute, whilst the other retains all their income and wealth, including wealth generated during the relationship. This seems unfair and out of touch with the modern view of what constitutes a meaningful and committed relationship.  To arrange a broadcast interview: contact deborah@the10group.co.uk

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Britain's housing shortage: Lawyer from…

Yesterday, housing minister Gavin Barwell, speaking ahead of the launch of the government's latest efforts to tackle a shortage of new homes, said that Britain's housing market is too dependent on large homebuilders. In response, Anita Rivera, Partner and Head of Planning at Mishcon de Reya, said: "If the government wants to move away from relying on the national house builders to respond to the housing crisis they will need to encourage small and medium sized enterprises who are less likely to be constrained by the voice and control of their shareholders. "This means providing access to funds, actively engaging with public bodies to secure partnership development opportunities to release brownfield land and, most importantly, providing certainty that their investment of both time and money will not be frustrated by uncertainty." To arrange an interview with Anita Rivera, Partner and Head of Planning at Mishcon de Reya please contact deborah@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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BREXIT JUDGMENT: GINA MILLER + MISHCON DE…

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Mishcon de Reya statement: From the beginning, the purpose of this case was to ensure that the Government followed the correct constitutional process in triggering Article 50. Today 8 out of 11 Judges upheld the judgment of the High Court. As lawyers, we believe in the rule of law, the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary. This case has seen challenges to each of these principles we hold dear. We are proud that today the strength and primacy of those principles has been restated by the highest judges in the land.   Gina Miller statement: Today 8 out of 11 Supreme Court Judges upheld the judgment handed down by the High Court last November. This case was one that went to the very heart of our constitution and how we are governed. Only Parliament can grant rights to the British people, and only Parliament can take them away. No Prime Minister or Government can expect to be unanswerable or unchallenged.  Parliament alone is sovereign.  This ruling today means the MPs we have elected, will rightfully have the opportunity to bring their invaluable experience and expertise to bear in helping the Government select the best course in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.  Negotiations that will frame our place in the wider world, and shape all our destinies for decades to come. There is no doubt that Brexit is the most divisive issue of a generation. But this case has been about legal process not politics.  Today's decision has created legal certainty, based on our democratic process, and provided the legal foundations for the Government to trigger Article 50 in line with our constitution.  The Government’s exit plan will shape the country we want to live in and be a part of. As the Prime Minister said, we must have in mind the futures we want for our children and grandchildren. We owe it to ourselves, and to those who follow us, to ensure that the course we embark upon in the coming months and years is one we can be confident that history will judge us well for choosing. I am sure everyone would agree that transparency and parliamentary scrutiny are vital components in this process and on the wider political stage.  Democracy, parliamentary sovereignty, the strength of our legal system and the independence of our judiciary: these are the things that make Britain Great. We should never lose sight of that.   It is now for Parliament to debate and vote on what is best for Britain and for the British people.    I want to express my gratitude to the Supreme Court, my legal team at Mishcon de Reya, Lord Pannick QC and my other Counsel who have all conducted themselves with the utmost integrity and thoughtfulness in the face of extraordinary and unprecedented criticism.  Lastly, I want to sincerely thank all those who have sent me heart-warming messages of support which have greatly bolstered me through this challenging process. 

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Tackling air pollution: Bee London launches…

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Bee London (formerly Inmidtown), which represents 320 businesses across Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles, has today announced three new initiatives to tackle air pollution. This announcement times with a toxic smog alert which has been issued for next three days in 'public health emergency'. The press release below details the new services for businesses, acknowledging that businesses in London must all do their part to tackle this pressing issue. If you would like to speak to Tass Mavrogordato, CEO of Bee London, please let me know. We can also put you in touch with business people in the Midtown area who have received the new services and spokespeople from Arup for an engineering and logistics in London perspective. You are also welcome to follow/ film the Daily Essentials delivery if that's of interest. To arrange an interview with Tass Mavrogordato contact deborah@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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Mishcon de Reya Planning Lawyer comments on…

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Commenting on Government plans to build thousands of homes for first time buyers this year, Mishcon de Reya Planning Lawyer Daniel Farrand said: "The announcement that Government will help with remediation and site assembly in 30 areas across the country is welcome news for housing delivery. It is understandable, given the very challenging commitment made to deliver 200,000 starter homes by 2020, that it has been linked with Starter Homes delivery. However, in doing so, the Government risks losing the good news amongst the controversy about the Starter Homes model with accusations that the tax-payer is providing one-off funding to a select group of first-time buyers rather than securing affordable housing in perpetuity. The legal framework for planning agreements and viability means that even with the cash injection, Starter Home delivery is likely to be at the expense of, rather than in addition to, more traditional forms of affordable housing. As a pure brownfield land story however, this announcement should be welcomed for delivering much needed regeneration and housing which might not otherwise happen." To arrange an interview with Farrand contact deborah@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 

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Nestle's Kit Kat trade mark - IP LAWYER FROM…

EU court dismisses Nestle's Kit Kat trade mark

Sally Britton, Intellectual Property lawyer at Mishcon de Reya says: "Non-traditional trade mark registrations covering shapes, sounds, colours and smells are becoming increasingly popular and brands look to experiences to drive brand value. Tomorrow we will hear from the General Court of the Court of Justice in the European Union in relation to one  of several disputes between Nestle and Cadbury relating to Nestle's attempts to trade mark the shape of its four finger bar. This case is interesting as it examines the type of use and consumer recognition required to obtain monopoly protection over a shape mark, and sets the bar very high. Businesses that have shape marks should be following Nestle's strategy following this decision closely." To arrange an interview: deborah@the10group.co.uk   

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Interview/comment: Mishcon de Reya's Cyber…

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For more information and interviews please contact: eddie@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656  Commenting on Yahoo's second major security breach, effecting 1 billion user accounts, Mishcon de Reya's Cyber Security Lead, Joe Hancock, said: "This loss of 1 billion records is a staggering figure. To put this into context Yahoo has lost records for over 3 times the entire US population. Given the sheer volume it is hard to believe that these breaches have gone undetected for over two years. Yahoo have attributed this breach to a state actor which is unusual, as such a large data set would usually be targeted by criminals. Without any evidence this claim is hard to believe.  "This comes at a difficult time for Yahoo, as it is unlikely to enamour itself to new owners at Verizon. After the 2013 data breach at Target, legal claims ran to millions of dollars and continued for several years. In the case of TalkTalk, the share price fell by 11.5%, before recovering. Breaches like this hit a business' balance sheet and Verizon may start to feel these liabilities directly."

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: Ofcom orders BT to…

TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW CONTACT deborah@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 Commenting on the news that Telecoms regulator Ofcom has ordered BT to legally separate from its Openreach division, which runs the UK's broadband infrastructure, Mishcon de Reya's Head of Competition, Andrij Jurkiw, said:   "Though Openreach will be transferred into a separate legal entity, it will still be owned by – and under the ultimate control of – BT group. So while Openreach may have its own board and executive directors it will still be reporting back in to BT group, bringing into question its true independence.  BT’s rivals - Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone - will no doubt be disappointed that Ofcom has not ordered a complete separation of the Openreach business from the BT group. "In the short term, Ofcom's announcement will make no difference for consumers. The process begun by Ofcom will take time to work through and only if it is successful will consumers potentially see prices go down. Ultimately, the aim is to achieve a better separation between Openreach and BT, so that BT's rivals have access to the UK's broadband infrastructure on more equal terms. "Given the fact Ofcom have invoked a very infrequently used procedure, we're in unchartered territory with little indication of when we can expect a final outcome. Ofcom will put its proposed notification to the EU Commission in Brussels out to consultation early in the new year and the formal notification process will follow. Once the EU Commission issues its decision, there is every possibility it will be appealed by BT – particularly if the decision approves Ofcom's proposed plans for Openreach.  Consumers wanting more reliable and faster broadband should not hold their breath, as it may be some time before this is achieved."

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: San Francisco's transport…

TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW CONTACT deborah@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 Commenting on the news that San Francisco's transport agency has been hacked resulting in customers being able to travel for free, Mishcon de Reya Cyber Security Lead Joe Hancock said: "This attack is intended to extort money from the San Francisco Municipal Railway by denying access to ticket machines, e-mail and personnel systems. The hackers have encrypted over 2000 machines and demanded 100 bitcoin, showing this to be a larger scale attack others we have seen - usually it's limited to just a few machines and 1 or 2 bitcoins per system. "The attack has allowed passengers to ride for free in order to keep the railway running, and calls into question security and safety more widely. If the ransom is paid, it's likely we'll see other similar attacks with these real world consequences in 2017. Regulation around anonymous crypto currencies - like bitcoin - may now become a priority: removing the ability to receive anonymous payments will stop many of these criminal attacks, and should be a focus for government. "There has been no mention of safety or railway operations being affected, suggesting the Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) has older, analogue systems. Given that transport systems worldwide are being upgraded to Digital systems, especially for signalling, the next attack of this kind has the potential to stop trains or impact passenger safety. "Businesses need to be resilient to these attacks. In the case of Muni, it's positive that trains have kept running, even when the systems are under attack. For many businesses, a hack of this scale would mean shutting up shop for a few days. Despite the measures that are in place, the reputational fallout could be enough to stop those passengers with another option from using this public transport: with over 600,000 daily riders, Muni is dependent on its fares to operate. This attack could call the security in lots of transport sectors - such as airlines and shipping - into question. "There is likely to be a greater uptake in Business Interruption coverage through Cyber Insurance, which has been on offer from insurers for a while with limited uptake. In light of these events, we would expect this to change. Businesses which rely on physical operations should review their cyber risks, as much as those that rely on eCommerce or digital channels."

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Three Mobile cyber hack: Mishcon de Reya…

Commenting on the news that mobile network Three is the latest victim of a cyber attack, Joe Hancock, Cyber Security Lead at Mishcon de Reya said:   "Almost certainly, the reason we know about this breach is because Three had a regulatory obligation to tell its customers. Without this, this news may not have seen the light of day.   "Given that the new GDPR will drive more notifications like this, how a company manages the communication around such incidents is becoming more critical.   "In this instance, it seems that customer information was both 'accessed', rather than 'lost' in bulk, so - whilst in reality it's possible some data didn't go anywhere - Three may struggle to prove it.   "As a result, there will likely be the reputational fall out similar to what we would expect from a large scale data theft.  Already, the language used around Three mirrors that used around TalkTalk's breach. It is therefore perhaps better not to go on the record until the business has a clear understanding of how much data and which customers are affected by the breach.  Now every Three customer is concerned.   "It appears that the people behind the breach have been caught, greatly increasing the possibility of preventing use of the data and making financial recoveries from the cyber criminals. Acting quickly is essential to prevent further fraud and to secure the evidence available if there is to be any chance of recovery."  For interviews - deborah@the10group.co.uk

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: UK SET TO INCREASE…

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For more information/interviews: deborah@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656  Commenting on the news that the UK is to increase national cyber-defence grid with an injection of £1.9bn from the government as part of its cyber security strategy, Mishcon de Reya Cyber Security Lead Joe Hancock said: "Cybercrime is continuously evolving and therefore the issue needs continuous investment – today's sophisticated attack is tomorrow's bulk annoyance. Given the threat that cyber crime poses, it would be ideal to see the government commit to a figure that will be allocated to tackling cyber crime each year.   "Given that many malicious issues originate abroad, a similar fund from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to encourage other countries to improve their security at source - rather than when they get to the UK - would be welcome.   "This investment is a very positive step, however greater investment in skills is needed in the police force and also in Action Fraud to enable them to take action, or at least direct a civil response. There's a danger these national defences don't show a genuine return for individuals and businesses who have been the victims of cyber crime. Success will be measured by the fraud and crime that remains, as well as rather than what has been prevented." 

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INTERVIEW/COMMENT: JUDGES REFUSE TO OVERTURN…

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For more information/interviews: deborah@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656  Commenting on the news that judges have refused to overturn the guilty verdicts in the Joint Enterprise Court of Appeal ruling, former Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions and Partner in Mishcon de Reya's Business Crime Group, Alison Levitt QC said: "It has always been the case that a convicted person cannot appeal on the sole basis that there has been a change in the law. In Jogee, the Supreme Court said it would only allow appeals out of time by those who had suffered substantial injustice. The question is: what is meant by this? Some might say that being convicted of murder, when under the law as it is today you might not have been convicted, is a substantial injustice. This is not least because of the mandatory life sentence, which means you remain on licence for the rest of your life even after release. On the other hand, the Court of Appeal says it must conduct a balancing act, taking into account the important public interest in finality and closure for victims as well as the concerns of would-be appellants. The line they have drawn in reality means that most of those convicted of murder on a  joint enterprise basis will not be able to appeal. "The law even as clarified by Jogee still leaves substantial room for concern about the position of those who, whilst guilty of murder as a matter of law, in reality played a lesser role. Although this will not help those already convicted, perhaps this is now the time for Parliament to give consideration to whether the offence of murder should now be divided into first and second degree murder, where only "Murder One" has a mandatory life sentence and "Murder Two" could be life imprisonment, with the possibility of being less depending on the culpability of the individual concerned."

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Cybercrime Partner at Mishcon de Reya…

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Experimental statistics published in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) today show adults aged 16 and over experienced an estimated 5.6 million fraud and computer misuse incidents in the 12 months prior to interview - 3.6 million of these were fraud incidents and 2.0 million were computer misuse incidents. Just over half of the fraud incidents (52%; 1.8 million incidents) are estimated to be cyber-related.*      Commenting on the results, Mishcon de Reya Fraud Partner Rob Wynn Jones said: "These experimental statistics indicate that cybercrime is approaching the levels of physical crime in England and Wales. As cyber criminals become increasingly sophisticated in their approach, the number of incidents will continue to rise and police will continue to struggle to address the sheer volume of cases. "For individuals who have fallen victim to cyber related incidents in connection with a business, the reputational fallout of for the business, in addition to the individual psychological impact, is significant. The assets stolen, coupled with the General Data Protection Regulation's fines for businesses who have failed to implement sufficient protection, can result in significant financial fallout too. "Individuals and businesses alike must prioritise the growing cyber risk and implement the necessary measures to protect themselves from it. But we recognise that an innovative approach is needed to respond to these crimes once they have happened: Mishcon de Reya and global investigations and risk consulting firm Kroll, amongst others, have engaged in a two year pilot which will see law enforcement working with the private sector to identify, seize and recover assets from criminals under normal civil law remedies rather than criminal law. It is intended to increase recoveries for victims and increasing the impact on the criminals, extending the reach of law enforcement."  * These data are only based on interviews with half of the sample of respondents conducted between October 2015 and June 2016, but have been grossed up to provide an estimate covering the entire survey year.

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Cyber Security Lead at Mishcon de Reya…

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Commenting on TalkTalk's fine for poor website security leading to the theft of the personal data of almost 157,000 customers, Mishcon de Reya's Cyber Security Lead Joe Hancock said:  "The fine against TalkTalk is the biggest to date as a result of the company not implementing basic levels of protection. It is clear that security has not always been prioritised in the way it is now. "However £400,000 is still a relatively small fine compared to the potential fines that will be levied under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - the greater of up to 4% of global turnover or €20 million.  For TalkTalk this could have been over £70 million. "We expect to see further examples made of companies who fail to take cyber security as seriously as they would other risks. Implementing basic cyber security protections will go a long way to protecting customers data and company reputations. "The question now remains whether the responsibility for the fine is with TalkTalk itself, or should be shared between their service providers and suppliers. These issues are likely to become more pressing as the size of fines increases under GDPR." For more information: deborah@the10group.co.uk

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Article 50 legal challenge to be heard 13…

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YAHOO HACK: Comment from cyber security lead…

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Yahoo has confirmed a large-scale data breach of their systems in 2014, and that the 500 million user records have been lost. Commenting on this data breach, Joe Hancock, Cyber Security Lead at Mishcon de Reya, said:"This is a huge loss of 500 million records which has gone seemingly undetected for over eighteen months. 200 million records have been offered for sale since August, and may have come from a previous data breach. Attributing this breach to a state actor is unusual, as such a large data set would usually be targeted by criminals. Yahoo has moved quite slowly to confirm the breach and to put protective options in place, although the sheer scale of data lost is hard to comprehend.""The release is likely to increase the use of the stolen credentials for other online services, or where a similar password has been used. The fact that security questions and answers were lost is also concerning, as they are often common to many services – it's hard to remember to change your mother's maiden name or first pet. There are likely to be more historical breaches coming to light in this manner, although they may not be attached to such a large brand.""This comes at a difficult time for Yahoo, as it may affect its upcoming sale to Verizon. After the 2013 data breach at Target, legal claims ran to millions of dollars and continued for several years. In the case of TalkTalk, the share price fell by 11.5%, before recovering. Breaches like this hit a business' balance sheet." For more information/interviews: deborah@the10group.co.uk

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Mishcon de Reya Fraud experts comments on FF…

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There have been more than one million incidents where people lost money as a result of financial fraud recorded between January and June, according to Financial Fraud UK (FFUK). Mishcon de Reya is engaged in a new two-year initiative being piloted by the City of London Police and others, which will see law enforcement working together with the private sector to identify, seize and recover assets from criminals under civil asset recovery legislation. Mishcon de Reya Fraud Partner, Rob Wynn Jones, said:   "This information from FFUK unfortunately comes as no surprise to us.  In recent years, we have seen an enormous increase in cyber fraud, both on an individual and business level.   "The reality is that the police, despite their best endeavours, are massively under resourced to deal with this issue. It is simply not possible for them to investigate and obtain recoveries for all victims of this type of fraud.   "As civil fraud lawyers, we have traditionally dealt with large value frauds, but most frauds are of high volume and lower value – as this FFUK's figures show.   "Along with the Police and the government, we are considering ways to tackle this type of fraud given the sheer volume and limited resources.   "The aim of the two-year scheme is to trial the civil recovery of assets, which will be carried out by private solicitors and asset recovery firms. For selected cases, they will take on responsibility to identify and recover assets for victims of fraud and financial crime using civil asset recovery legislation. In parallel, the police will carry out any possible criminal investigations and prosecutions against the individuals involved."   For more information/ interviews: deborah@the10group.co.uk

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Mishcon de Reya's Cyber Security Lead…

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Commenting on the release of personal information on Simone Biles and Serena Williams from WADA following a Russian hack, Mishcon de Reya's Cyber Security Lead, Joe Hancock, said:   "This seems to be the latest cyber element in the continued geopolitical fallout between America and Russia.    "The released information is highly personal and therefore potentially very damaging to the athletes involved. They are collateral damage in the wider issues – in much the same way as Sony and the Democratic Party were in the release of recent emails. Whilst Executives at Sony and the Clinton campaign are held to higher levels of scrutiny - they too still have a right to privacy.    "Geopolitical exposure is becoming harder to measure and it is not well understood by the Cyber community. If an organisation doesn't work for a Government or create large amounts of intellectual property it's rarely viewed as a risk, and - even if it is – it's often accepted as being too costly to protect against. "Organisations should view protecting their staff, their customers and those they work for as a duty of care - putting in place the appropriate steps to care for them according to their needs if a breach occurs, considering the personal and psychological impacts of these issues.    "High profile information leaks such as these will inevitably canvas global attention and are likely to result in further issues going forwards."   For more information deborah@the10group.co.uk

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WHITE COLLAR CRIME – "If this is a war, we…

Company bosses could be prosecuted for failing to stop their staff committing fraud under new laws being considered by ministers announced today. A new criminal finance bill will extend legislation and make employers responsible for preventing money-laundering, false accounting and fraud, The Times and the BBC reports. Alison Levitt QC, Head of the Business Crime Group and partner at Mishcon de Reya addresses the limited progress law enforcement has made battling economic crimes like money laundering, fraud and insider trading.  Levitt said: “If this is a war, we are not winning it. We shouldn’t call it white-collar crime or economic crime, we should call it stealing. Society’s attitude toward financial crimes needs to evolve like our approach to drink driving. Two or three decades ago, an individual who was convicted of drink driving could go on to serve as a judge in England. Since then, public perception has changed in relation to the severity and stigma attached to such crimes. The same shift in thinking needs to happen with economic crime.” To arrange an interview contact deborah@the10group.co.uk

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REVENGE PORN COMMENT/INTERVIEW - MISHCON DE…

To arrange an interview with Mishcon de Reya lawyer Alexandra Whiston-Dew, please e-mail deborah@the10group.co.uk / 020 7637 0656 The Crown Prosecution Service report on crimes against women shows that 206 people were prosecuted for disclosing private sexual images without consent in the year 2015 -16, ending March. Abuse online is pervasive, and young victims are particularly vulnerable.Alexandra Whiston-Dew, a solicitor at Mishcon de Reya, notes that increased convictions under the new law demonstrate that victims and the police are becoming increasingly confident in tackling revenge porn. She states that it is important that victims are encouraged to report online abuse, despite the uniquely humiliating nature of this offence which can devastate an individual and their families.   "Victims often experience guilt if they consented to or even took the private sexual image of themselves and sent it to their partner during the course of their relationship. And yet it is unsurprising that people do this - it is a small step for those comfortable with expressing themselves through technology, via socially acceptable sexually provocative selfies, to share more revealing private images as part of a consensual sexual relationship." For over a year, Mishcon de Reya has supported a pro bono initiative with Queen Mary University, SPITE (Sharing and Publishing Images To Embarrass), to try to address the phenomenon. Whiston-Dew says:   "In our experience, the far reaching nature of social media causes victims crushing public humiliation and often has serious consequences in both their personal and professional life. The law in England and Wales still does not provide effective tools to deal with the full range of offences committed online. Revenge porn is no exception."  

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New book reveals damaging effect of divorce…

A new book giving an insight into the impact of family separation from a child's perspective has been released today. Splitting Up – A Child's Guide to a Grown Up Problem is a joint project by London-based law firm Mishcon de Reya and children's mental health charity Place2Be.  Scroll down for press release. To arrange an interview with the below please contact deborah@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 DAME BENITA REFSON DBE, PRESIDENT OF CHARITY PLACE2B SANDRA DAVIS – HEAD OF MISHCON DE REYA'S FAMILY DEPARTMENT DR STEPHEN ADAMS-LANGLEY, SENIOR CLINICAL CONSULTANT, PLACE2BE CASE STUDY 

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Mishcon de Reya Sports Lawyer comments on…

Following her ban from the Rio Olympics, doping whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova has spoken out against Olympic bosses, saying that the ban will scare other athletes off from coming forward. Commenting on the impact of Stepanova's ban, Mishcon de Reya Sports Lawyer, Kendrah Potts, who was legal counsel to the commission set up by the UCI to investigate doping in cycling and allegations of mismanagement or corruption by the UCI, said on the Today Programme this morning:   "Stepanova came forward with the information that effectively set into motion this chain of events that led to the WADA commission report and the recent McLaren report that said there was evidence of state sponsored doping in Russia – people are now saying, is it fair that she misses the Rio games? The bigger question is, does this encourage other whistleblowers to come forward? The answer, of course, is no it does not.   "It's interesting to compare the approach the IAAF took to the approach the IOC took . The IAAF changed its rules in June this year, and it has said that where an athlete's national federation was suspended, which Russia is, some athletes could still compete as neutrals if they met certain criteria. One of the criteria, interestingly, was where an individual had made an exceptional contribution to the protection and promotion of clean athletes, which is clearly designed to allow someone like Steponova to compete.   "The IOC looked said Stepanova did not meet the criteria and banned her. They did this because she had previously served a suspension, and under this new rule that they've introduced, a Russian athlete can't compete in Rio if they've previously served a ban - a rule which actually creates its own legal problems.   This issue has already been considered by one of the highest courts in sport. The IOC itself used to have a rule that said, if you have previously served a suspension for a doping violation, you could not compete in the next Olympics. This was challenged because the IOC is a signatory to the WADA code. The code says: these are the sanctions and you cannot go beyond that. By banning an athlete from the next games, you are imposing an additional sanction. So it's interesting the IOC are trying to reintroduce what is effectively the same rule simply for Russian athletes, when it has previously been deemed unenforceable.   "If the case is that the IOC is saying that the situation with Russia is so exceptional that we need a new rule, that's fine but all athletes within that group should be treated the same. Those who have served a sanction which has now ended should not be distinguished.   "It's important to encourage athletes to come forward with information - they can be instrumental in rooting out bigger problems, as has been the case here with athletics. As doping programmes become more sophisticated, they can avoid detection. Simply taking samples isn't enough. There's been a great focus on gathering more intelligence and whistleblowers are a big part of that.   "A question for sport is, how can whistleblowers be encouraged to come forward? Athletes can be educated, but they will only come forward if they trust that the authority that they are providing the information to. In the past, federations have lost the trust of athletes. Cycling had well documented problems with doping – when a federation comes out and calls people who are speaking up 'scumbags', that is not going to help to build the trust and will prevent other athletes from coming forward. Athletics is going through the same thing – allegations of cover ups are not going to encourage people to come forward. These federations have to go through a process, as cycling has done, of rebuilding the athletes' trust."

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EMPLOYERS AND ENTREPRENEURS SOUND ALARM OVER…

EMPLOYERS BELIEVE LIMITING RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS…

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VIDEO: Lord Daniel Finkelstein says even in…

Lord Finkelstein responds to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd's criticism of Boris putting his personal ambitions ahead of the country during EU TV debate. Speaking at the Mishcon de Reya Leap Leadership event, former political advisor to William Hague and Conservative Peer Lord Finkelstein predicts how Boris will take a step closer to Downing Street even with a Brexit defeat, the probability of ‘in’ or ‘out’, the impact of class divide on voting behaviour and how we shouldn't knock Corbyn for lying low.  Lord Finkelstein was speaking at an event for The Leap 100 2016, which, compiled by the law firm, is a list marking the 100 most exciting, fast-growth companies in the UK. All the companies selected have demonstrated substantial growth over the past 12 months and been identified as the ‘ones to watch’ for 2016. ***Content is free to use and free of copyright restrictions***

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INTERVIEW: Leading IP lawyer comments on…

COMMENT FOR IMMEDIATE USE  Mishcon de Reya leading IP lawyer Lewis Cohen says: "This is a highly unusual arrangement. We advise all rights owners to ensure they own their IP and do not let their licensees – in this case Chelsea - register it. It is difficult to understand why Mourinho and his advisors would let Chelsea own trade mark registrations covering Mourinho's name and signature. It appears that there must have been some agreement between Mourinho and Chelsea permitting these registrations; after all, he went back to Chelsea - presumably knowing they owned these trade mark registrations – but did not insist they hand them over to him.   "If Mourinho had an image rights arrangement whilst managing Chelsea, which we would expect to be the case, it would mean that Chelsea paid a portion of his remuneration for use of Mourinho's image. However, Chelsea owns Mourinho trade marks, which is usually a large part of the image rights bundles, and so this should have significantly deflated the sum Chelsea paid for using his image. It would be interesting to know if this was the case and to take a closer look at the arrangements.   "There is also a question over the arrangement between Chelsea and Mourinho's sponsors - do the sponsors pay Chelsea a licence fee when they use Mourinho's name and/or signature?  We would also expect there to be some kind of licence arrangement between Mourinho and Chelsea under which Mourinho has the ability to sub-licence the use of the Mourinho trade marks and to restrict how Chelsea use them."      TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW: deborah@the10group.com and 0207 637 0656

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New poll reveals 72% of companies find it…

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As a new poll reveals 72% of companies said they found it difficult hiring staff they need to grow their business, CEOs of some of the fastest-growing UK companies have come together to discuss the challenges of recruitment in the UK. The entrepreneurs were speaking at the launch of The Leap 100 2016 – a list of the 100 most exciting, fast-growth companies in the UK compiled by law firm Mishcon De Reya. All the companies selected have demonstrated substantial growth over the past 12 months and been identified as the ‘ones to watch’ for 2016. ***Content is free to use and free of copyright restrictions*** For interviews with CEOs, please contact deborah@the10group.co.uk or on 0207 637 0656

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LinkedIn Hacker: Mishcon de Reya Cybercrime…

Following the news that a hacker is advertising allegedly more than one hundred million LinkedIn logins for sale, Mishcon de Reya Cybercrime Partner, Hugo Plowman, commented:   "This is another in a long line of hacks against big name brands. What's striking about this one is the value and currency of the data some four years after the cyber-attack took place - we are seeing hackers capitalising on the chance to monetise a data theft. In this case, data that might otherwise be considered stale has been put up for sale long after LinkedIn thought it had dealt with the problem.    "LinkedIn was a perfect target for hackers with its blend of private and business sensitive data. The login details of over 100 million users grants cyber criminals access to a treasure trove of information that can be used to commit fraud.     "Generally speaking, the more private and sensitive the information, the more attractive the site will be to hackers. So whether it is your sex life (Ashley Maddison) or your bank details (TalkTalk) that you want to keep confidential, this is a reminder to individual users to be cautious about sharing sensitive data online and to be mindful of who else might be targeted to gain access to your personal and confidential information: the greatest threat to cyber security are the people who use the hardware and software. Hackers know this and deliberately target people to gain access to the information that they hold, often enabling them to bypass security measures. Raising awareness and training people can help mitigate against this risk.    "There are legal steps that can be taken to identify hackers, recover data and prevent its misuse that are presently being overlooked by some businesses. Asset recovery action should be part and parcel of any crisis response plan." TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW: deborah@the10group.co.uk      

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Mishcon de Reya commenting on the EU…

Commenting on the EU Commission's refusal to approve the proposed merger between Hutchison and O2, Competition Lawyer at Mishcon de Reya, Andrij Jurkiw, said:   "This decision did not come as much of a surprise. However, Hutchison might be forgiven for asking, why was this deal so different from the merger between Hutchison 3G and Telefonica (O2) Ireland in 2014 – which was cleared with conditions – and the merger between Telefonica Deutschland and E-Plus in 2014 – which was also cleared with conditions?   "Both of those cleared deals involved a reduction from four players to three in the relevant domestic markets.  However, the commitments packages offered in the approved deals were accepted by the Commission, unlike the commitments offered in relation to the Hutchison/O2 deal.  Today's statement by the EU competition commissioner sheds some light on why there was this difference in treatment.  It essentially boils down to the structure of the UK mobile market, and the impact this deal would have had on that market if it were allowed to proceed.   "The concerns identified by the EU Commission should not have come as a shock to Hutchison and its advisers.  As such, they will have known what issues needed to be addressed if this deal was to be permitted.  What may have come as something of a surprise, was the Commission's suggestion of the creation of a fourth player in the UK as a condition of approval of the Hutchison/O2 deal.  The EU competition commissioner states, "Hutchison was not prepared to offer this or an equally effective remedy.  What they proposed did not address all of our concerns".   "The reasons for the blockage of the Hutchison/O2 deal are becoming clearer.  Whether the EU Commission was right in rejecting Hutchison's proposed commitments package will, no doubt, become clearer in the fullness of time.    "There are lessons to be learned from this decision which go wider than simply the mobile telephony market.  Hutchison will need to take stock, quickly, and concentrate on getting its deal to form a 50:50 joint venture with VimpelCom in Italy cleared by the EU Commission, which is another four to three merger.  If that deal is blocked, people will ask why Hutchison invested so much time and money on two deals which it must have known were always going to be difficult to get through.  The revised deadline for the Commission's decision in the VimpelCom case is 18 August 2016.  Watch this space!"   To arrange an interview for the morning of May 12th 2016, please contact deborah@the10group.co.uk

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Video: Don't risk jobs with a Brexit, warn…

A late plea for voters to back the remain option in this week’s EU Referendum has been issued by almost 1,300 business leaders including Richard Branson who say that Brexit would damage Britain’s economy. In light of this plea, CEOs behind some of the fastest-growing UK companies also discuss why they are chosing 'remain'.  The entrepreneurs were speaking at the launch of The Leap 100 2016 – a list of the 100 most exciting, fast-growth companies in the UK compiled by law firm Mishcon De Reya. All the companies selected have demonstrated substantial growth over the past 12 months and been identified as the ‘ones to watch’ for 2016. ***Content is free to use and free of copyright restrictions*** To arrange an interview please contact deborah@the10group.co.uk

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"A Case of who can hold out the longest":…

Commenting on the housing and planning bill which is going before the commons again today, Head of Planning at Mishcon de Reya, Anita Rivera, said:   "The government has already announced that it intends to reject some of the Lord's amendments. These include some very sensible and rational improvements to the Bill, but also a number of populist, opportunistic amendments which took advantage of the "big wind" of defeats. There is concern that, while the sensible changes go to the heart of some of the in-principle ideals, if there is compromise it may be on the wrong amendments.   "This will be a case of who can hold out the longest. The Lords seem to be the nation's conscience, therefore it's unlikely they will relent anytime soon.  If the government wants to see this bill enacted it will need to make some concessions - otherwise this game of ping pong looks likely to run on close to the end of the parliamentary session."   For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact deborah@the10group.co.uk

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Mishcon de Reya Cybercrime Partners on…

Key data provided based on law firm's cases

Leading law firm Mishcon de Reya has contributed to Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigations Report, providing key data based on the firm's cases. Mishcon de Reya Cybercrime Partners Hugo Plowman and Rob Wynn Jones also feature in the report, offering legal insight on why there needs to be tougher penalties for data breaches. SCROLL DOWN FOR QUOTE If you would like to speak to Hugo for further comment OR if you are hoping to expand your network of legal contacts who can provide analysis, background and reactive commentary on any big breaking business/tech stories in the future: Please contact deborah@the10group.co.uk 

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Brexit + Football = ? ***IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

Leading immigration lawyer at Mishcon de Reya…

For interview and briefings with Maria Patsalos, Immigration lawyer at Mishcon de Reya please contact deborah@the10group.co.uk 0207 637 0656  

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The Leap 100: the fast-growth companies for…

Mishcon de Reya and City AM have launched The Leap 100 2016 -  a list of one hundred of the most exciting, fast-growth companies in the UK. Amongst The Leap 100 this year are Deliveroo, Headspace, triyoga and Growth Engineering, to name just a few. We have a short film with company founders sharing their experiences as entrepreneurs and what they have gained from being a part of The Leap 100 programme. CONTENT FREE TO USE/ FREE OF COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS If you are interested in speaking to any of The Leap 100 companies, or would like to find out more, please contact deborah@the10group.co.uk

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Leading privacy lawyer responds to WhatsApp…

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*INTERVIEW: new companies register…

Legal Director at Mishcon de Reya's Corp Dept,…

Comment below FREE to use.   For more information/interview requests: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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**Sunderland set to terminate defender's…

James King, Employment Lawyer at Mishcon de Reya…

Comment below FREE to use. Source: Mishcon de Reya.   For more information/set up an interview: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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Adele photos hack: Digital security expert…

"A high profile person's cyber footprint is wider…

Commenting on news that Adele is the latest victim of an online hack, Hugo Plowman, Partner and Digital Security expert at law firm Mishcon de Reya, says: "This incident shows that a high profile person's cyber footprint is wider than you think. Very private and valuable information can be held by others – friends and family, for example - and they are the ones who are often targeted by hackers. Problems arise when trusted individuals share content more widely, fall victim to a hack or otherwise don't put in place sufficient security measures to protect the data that they hold. A data leak of this nature can give rise to obvious financial and reputation risk not to mention emotional distress for those involved. *Scroll down for more* For interviews, please contact eddie@the10group.co.uk 0207 637 0656

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*INTERVIEW: Burberry announces plan to sell…

Speed of manufacturing and licensing agreements…

Adam Rose, commercial and technology partner at Mishcon de Reya is available for interviews from Central London on Friday 19th Feb.    Video FREE to use and FREE of copyright restrictions - pls attribute to Mishcon de Reya.   For more information and/or to book a slot: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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*INTERVIEW: New taskforce launched to combat…

"Setting up a taskforce and making a list of who…

If interested in speaking with Alison Levitt QC, Head of the Business Crime group at Mishcon de Reya: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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*INTERVIEW: MPs criticise 'right-to-buy'…

Head of Planning at Mishcon de Reya, Anita Rivera…

A scheme to give housing association tenants in England the "right-to-buy" their homes could reduce the stock of affordable housing, MPs have warned. Free to use comment below. If interested in speaking to Head of Planning at Mishcon de Reya, Anita Rivera: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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*Interview: EU and US reach deal on data…

Mishcon de Reya Partner and Data Protection…

The EU and US have reached a deal on data sharing, whereby a US director of national intelligence will sign a pledge that the US government will avoid “indiscriminate mass surveillance” of EU citizens when their data is sent from Europe to the US, referred to as the 'Privacy shield'. This agreement replaces former data-sharing arrangement – 'safe harbour' - used by thousands of companies to transfer highly sensitive personal data.   For interviews/more information: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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*Comment: Heterosexual couple lose civil…

"Whilst society has changed, the law lags behind…

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*Interview: shadow chancellor will support…

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*Interview: KitKat shape NOT a trade mark..…

Commenting on today's KitKat judgment, Mishcon de Reya IP Partner Sally Britton said: "Today the High Court confirmed the refusal of Nestle's trade mark for the shape of the KitKat bar, but doesn't rule it out completely. Regardless of the outcome and what happens next, there is no doubt that the fight over this much loved bar was one of the most successful marketing campaigns in 2015, and it is set to continue for some time yet." For mroe information/to book an interview: lorenza@the10group.co.uk - 0207 637 0656

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*Interview: Phone hacking: Fresh News of the…

Dinia Shiloh from Mishcon de Reya says this is an…

  Commenting on the news that a High Court judge ruled fresh claims of phone hacking by what was the 'News of the World' newspaper can now be heard in court, Mishcon de Reya Solicitor Dina Shiloh, who specialises in media law, said:   "It is a good thing that these claims can now be heard. The passage of time for an individual who may have been hacked does not lessen the direct impact it would necessarily have had on them, nor alter the fact that their right to privacy has been violated."   To arrange interview or for any further info: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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**IAAF council 'could not have been unaware'…

Edward Carder, sports lawyer and anti-doping…

Edward Carder, sports lawyer and anti-doping expert at Mishcon de Reya said: "The findings in the second WADA independent commission report demonstrate again that inadequate governance is probably the greatest risk to the integrity and future of sport. An absence of effective governance processes undermines the proper enforcement of the rules and therefore the fight against doping and corruption. Without better transparency and accountability, corruption will persist at the highest levels. More widespread adoption of best practice in sports governance is needed."   Comment FREE to use - for more information: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 07982 355 552

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*Companies have the right to monitor their…

Adam Rose from Mishcon de Reya says the judgement…

Commenting on the news that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that a firm that read a worker's Yahoo Messenger chats sent while he was at work was within its rights, Mishcon de Reya Data Protection Lawyer Adam Rose said: "Though at first glance this judgment may seem controversial, in legal terms it makes total sense. Employers' systems are not there for the private use of employees, and employees can and should expect that their company has access to any information transferred via them.  Going forward, we will continue to see more cases of this nature emerging. This judgment is likely to be an eye opener for many employees who in the past may not have thought twice about sending personal messages via their employer's systems."

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*Fisherman's Friend tycoon who built a 30ft…

Daniel Farrand, planning lawyer at Mishcon de…

A millionaire who built a 30ft lighthouse in her garden could be ordered to take it down due to lack of  planning permission. Commenting on the story, Mishcon de Reya Planning Lawyer Daniel Farrand said: "It is a reminder that planning extends to all forms of development, not just new housing basements and offices. In the absence of any permitted development rights which may apply, building anything in your garden - a folly, art installation or 'granny flat' - without the correct permission always runs the risk of enforcement or a need to gain retrospective consent."   For more information: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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Interview: David Cameron to announce…

Daniel Farrand, planning lawyer at Mishcon de…

The government will try to kick-start house-building in the UK by directly commissioning small and medium sized developers to build on publicly-owned sites, David Cameron will announce today.  COMMENT BELOW FREE TO USE. Source: Mishcon de Reya.  For more info: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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*Supreme Court confirms judgement on M&S v…

Head of Property Litigation at Mishcon de Reya…

Quote below FREE to use. Source: Mishcon de Reya For more information: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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*INTERVIEW: TalkTalk just first of many if…

Hugo Plowman from Mishcon de Reya available for…

Hugo Plowman, fraud lawyer at Mishcon de Reya said: "Data is now amongst companies most valuable assets and any business that holds it needs to be aware of their responsibility to ensure it is protected." If interested in speaking to Hugo: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656  

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*INTERVIEW: Crime rate in England and Wales…

Cybercrime threat not yet taken seriously - until…

Rhymal Persad, Managing Associate in Litigation at Mishcon de Reya available to discuss. If interested in booking a slot: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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*Interview: "A victory for all those…

Sandra Davis from Mishcon de Reya available for…

Two women who say they were misled by their ex-husbands and should get more money in their divorce settlements have won their Supreme Court fight. We have an interview opportunity with  Sandra Davis, Head of Family at Mishcon de Reya If interested in speaking to her:lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656.  Comment below FREE to use. Source: Mishcon de Reya  

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*Interview: London-based NFL team closer to…

As George Osborne wants London to be global…

London is one step closer to becoming the new home of an American Football team, the Chancellor announced today (2 October 2015) following a meeting with NFL team owners, executives and star players ahead of this year’s first NFL game at Wembley Stadium.   Rob Tomback, sports lawyer Mishcon de Reya is available to discuss the legal challenges that moving the NFL to Londo will raise.    If interested in speaking to him: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 07982 355 552

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"History and a solid fan base are attractive…

Corporate lawyer at Mishcon de Reya who advised…

For more information: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 07982 355 552   Comment below FREE to use. Source: Mishcon de Reya

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Beware the birthday wishes! Happy Birthday…

A US federal judge has ruled that Warner Chappell…

IP lawyer Peter Nunn, Mishcon de Reya explains the US judgement. Comment free to use. "Source: Mishcon de Reya". For more information: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656

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LFW brands' expansion still limited by IP…

Young designers warned to tackle IP issues head…

"Young designers should face these issues head on and take strategic legal advice to protect their IP. They also need to work together to tackle this threat”, says IP lawyer Sally Britton, as social media and online retail continue to offer opportunities for businesses to grow globally quickly.   For more information: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 07982 355 552 Copy and comment FREE to use - attribute to Mishcon de Reya

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Mixed result for Nestle as "four finger"…

Nestle's next challenge will be to try and…

The European Court of Justice said that the shape of the KitKat alone was not distinctive enough for consumers to associate it with the snack. Cadbury has persistently fought to prevent Nestle obtaining the trademark and both Nestle and Cadbury said they were "pleased" with today's ruling. The case will now return to the UK High Court for a final decision. Comment FREE to use. Pls attribute to Sally Britton, Mishcon de Reya. For more information: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 0207 637 0656 For more 

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Leading sports lawyer responds to De Gea's…

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*INTERVIEW: Leaked IAAF doping files -…

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) says it is "very alarmed" after fresh allegations of suspected doping emerged in a leak of test data. The Sunday Times  and German broadcaster ARD/WDR have obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes between 2001 and 2012. We have an interview opportunity with Edward Carder, sports lawyer and anti-doping expert at Mishcon de Reya. Edward is uniquely qualified to comment on the doping story that The Times ran yesterday. Available from Central London.   If interested in speaking to him: lorenza@the10group.co.uk / 07982 355 552

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"No business is immune to cyber-attack",…

Hugo Plowman comments on the Ashley Madison case

Customer data has been stolen from Ashley Madison, a dating website for married people who wish to cheat on their spouse. Hugo Plowman, Partner at Mishcon de Reya, commented: "No business is immune to this sort of cyber-attack – in recent times we have seen Yahoo, Target, Sony and E-Bay all fall victim to hackers stealing or threatening to expose customer data. At Mishcon de Reya we help our clients protect their online information – we know that user details can be very valuable when bundled up and sold on the black market. The simple fact is that no system is 100% secure online. In the case of Ashley Madison, the information that users provide is of course of an intensely personal nature which adds another dimension to the story. I would encourage anyone using online sites – whether it's online payment systems, dating sites or social media – to be very careful about what you share and what you write down. There is always a risk that it may become public as a result of a hacking attack such as this, leaving you to pick up the pieces."   For interviews, please contact: Lorenza@the10group.co.uk 0207 637 0656

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