It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year……To Be GDPR Compliant.

Dan Dowen, an associate in our commercial department, considers the GDPR implications of sending out corporate Christmas cards.

As we enter the season of merry festivities, we have started to receive some interesting questions about GDPR, such as, when Santa Claus makes his list of children’s names, is he in contravention of GDPR and should he be reported to the IC Ho Ho Ho?!

Christmas Do’s (and Don’ts) for Employers

With the festivities in full swing, too many employers will be letting their guard as well as their hair down this Christmas. The aftermath of the office party can be open season for employment claims.  In legal terms, no other time of year should come with quite so many health-warnings.  We set out some tips below to make sure your office festivities go like a dream – and not the nightmare before Christmas!

Winter Weather and the Workplace

There is plenty of snow forecast for January 2020, which will no doubt cause concerns for both employers and employees. Some employees may be wondering how they are going to get to work due to travel disruptions and employers will have to deal with the difficulties surrounding absences, health and safety and pay.

We have therefore answered two of the most frequently asked questions concerning snow days below:

Insolvent Construction Companies and the Non-Paying Employer

As construction company failure rates show little sign of improvement, Gavin Hoccom, Senior Associate at Berry Smith, considers the position of the construction company entering or facing insolvency as a consequence of non-payment by an employer.

It is a common occurrence: a construction company faces insolvency for no reason other than its employer has taken advantage of the contractual or legislative payment mechanism to withhold an interim or final payment due to the construction company.

Berry Smith Advises the Management Team of Just Rollers on its Recent Buy-out

Berry Smith is delighted to have advised the management team of Just Rollers on its recent buy-out of the Cwmbran based business.

Originally founded in 1970, Just Rollers is the largest rubber and polyurethane industrial roller manufacturer in the UK, with sales growth of over 66% in four years and a long held reputation for innovation and technical excellence.

Relative Values

Benjamin Delve, of Berry Smith Lawyers, considers how a landmark case saw the redefining of the word 'mother'

Largely drowned out by recent Supreme Court rulings and the noise around Brexit, the Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane (the President of the Family Division) made a landmark ruling in the High Court on 25 September 2019. He defined the term 'mother'.

Peace on Earth

In the beloved Christmas film, Home Alone, Kevin, a young boy accidentally left at home for the Christmas holidays, leaves the following message for Santa Clause:

This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back?”