Meta – Data Mishap: Facebook Owner Fined £1bn for Mishandling Data

6 June 2023

The owner of Facebook, Meta, has been fined €1.2bn (£1bn) for mishandling people’s data when transferring it between Europe and the US. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) recently published its decision and issued a press release concerning the transfer of Facebook users’ personal data from Meta in the EU / EEA to Meta’s head […]

Menopause in the workplace in 2023 and beyond

2 June 2023

Why it makes commercial sense for employers and HR teams to take action. Berry Smith’s Employment and HR Team is joined by Dr Laila Kaikavoosi (a leading expert in the field of menopause). Date: Thursday 22nd June 2023         Time: 11a.m. – 12 Noon Venue:  The session will be hosted via an online platform – Zoom. […]

Love Bombing in Relationships: Recognizing this Coercive Control Tactic

30 May 2023

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has recently updated its guidance, officially recognizing ‘love bombing’ as a tactic used in relationships to try and exert control over their partner. This marks an important step in recognising, and addressing, developing forms of coercive and controlling behaviour and ensuring their professionals are suitably equipped to respond effectively to […]

Brexit – Employment Law Changes

30 May 2023

The Government has recently announced their intention to make some changes to the UK’s employment laws as a result of Brexit. These include changes to TUPE Regulations for small businesses, limiting non-compete clauses to three months and removing reporting requirements from the Working Time Regulations 1998, as well as making a u-turn on the planned […]

Mental Health in the Workplace – how organisations can support their employees

30 May 2023

Mental Health Awareness Week took place earlier this month from 15th – 21st May. This year’s focus was anxiety, aimed to help raise awareness and understanding of the difference between anxiety and anxiety disorders. Mental Health UK report that one in ten people (10%) tackle the challenges of living with an anxiety disorder at any […]

Berry Smith has represented the shareholders of Cansford Laboratories Limited in their sale to the Phenna Group

24 May 2023

Berry Smith are delighted to have represented the shareholders of Cansford Laboratories Limited in their sale to the Phenna Group. The private equity backed deal will amplify Cansford’s future growth plans and cements their position as a market leader in drug and alcohol testing services. Cansford Laboratories was set up in 2010 and has developed […]

Berry Smith Celebrates Welsh Law Awards Win

23 May 2023

Berry Smith celebrated victory at the Welsh Law Awards 2023, as the employment team won ‘Employment Law Services of the Year’. The award recognises the outstanding client care the team offers to their large list of clients, as well as the innovative approach taken by those in the team. Sarah Alford, Employment Partner, commented, ‘The […]

Not So Perky Pig: Dessert parlour changes name at request of M&S

18 May 2023

Trade marks are badges of origin and can be any word, phrase, symbol, design, or any combination of these that identifies goods or services. They are how customers recognise a certain brand in the marketplace and distinguish them from their competitors. The importance of individual brand identity was highlighted in a recent letter sent by […]

For the seventh consecutive year, Berry Smith has been shortlisted for Property Law Firm of The Year

17 May 2023

Berry Smith’s Commercial Property team has once again been shortlisted for Property Law Firm of the Year at the Insider Wales Property Awards which will take place on Thursday 15 June 2023 at Cardiff City Hall. The Commercial Property team is headed by two leading individuals, partners Martin Pursall and Chris Jones who are both […]

Tesco Goes Stationery Shopping

16 May 2023

Tesco has purchased the brand and intellectual property of the renowned and international stationery supplier Paperchase. Establishing itself in the United Kingdom, Paperchase expanded by opening stores in Europe, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates, reaching a total of 106 stores worldwide. However, Tesco have not opted to save these physical stores, deciding […]

The Biggest Trade Deal Since Brexit – UK joins major Asia-Pacific Free Trade Bloc

11 May 2023

On the 31st March 2023, after nearly two years of negotiations, the Prime Minister announced that the UK will join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The CPTPP is a vast free trade pact established in 2018 between 11 countries spanning the Indo-Pacific  and its members include Australia, Canada, Japan and New […]

Every Lidl Doesn’t Help

9 May 2023

All the way back in 2020, the prominent transnational German supermarket Lidl, known for its selection of high quality products at discounted prices, commenced a lawsuit against UK supermarket titans Tesco. Three years later, a long-awaited High Court ruling has secured victory for Lidl, with the Judge finding that Tesco has infringed their trade marks […]

Berry Smith Celebrating Triple Nominations at Welsh Law Awards

19 April 2023

This week, Berry Smith celebrates a triple nomination at the Welsh Law Awards, which will be held in May 2023. The awards, which are set to be hosted at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff, will recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Welsh legal community, bringing together many of the outstanding lawyers and practices Wales […]

Berry Smith’s Breakfast Briefing

3 April 2023

We are delighted to invite you to Berry Smith’s breakfast briefing, hosted by the Employment & HR team The breakfast briefing provides an opportunity to meet and network with fellow attendees from a wide range of local businesses over a delicious breakfast buffet provided by Berry Smith. Speakers: The important details: Date – 20th April 2023 Time – 08:30 am […]

A reminder of the key changes in employment law in April 

3 April 2023

April is typically an important month in the employment law calendar. It is the month where many employment law changes take effect.  Below we set out the key changes. Increases to the UK National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage The Government has announced the rates of the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage […]

Stress Awareness Month 2023 

3 April 2023

With April being stress awareness month, we thought we would focus on how employers can help to alleviate stress in the workplace.  We have all experienced stress in some shape or form in our lives and many of us are all too aware of the debilitating effects that stress than cause. More so now than […]

The Arrival of the Unitary Patent

3 April 2023

After 10 years in the making, it would appear the biggest development in European patent law is finally upon us. The European Union’s ‘Unitary Patent Package’ legislation sees the creation of a single patent covering all participating EU member states. Alongside the Unitary Patent comes the creation of the dedicated Unified Patent Court (UPC) who […]

Berry Smith advises on sale of South Wales based Computerised & Digital Security Systems (CDS)

22 March 2023

Berry Smith are delighted to have advised the shareholders on the sale of South Wales based Computerised & Digital Security Systems (CDS) together with its group companies, Gem Security Services Limited and Blue Sky I -Tech Solutions Limited,  to Johnson Controls (JCI). Since 1985, CDS has been at the forefront of security system technology, design, […]

Berry Smith advises on sale of Mumbles-based café & restaurant Verdi’s to The Secret Hospitality Group

21 March 2023

Berry Smith are delighted to have advised the Moruzzi family on the sale of the popular Mumbles-based cafe & restaurant Verdi’s to The Secret Hospitality Group. For generations, the family-run Verdi’s café & restaurant based in Mumbles have served locals and tourists alike. They are renowned for their Italian coffees, ice-cream, cakes and authentic food. […]

Berry Smith raises over £8,500 for 2 local charities

17 March 2023

Throughout 2022, Berry Smith supported two amazing charities – Tenovus Cancer Care and Maggie’s Cardiff. The team took part in a number of fundraising events to raise as much as possible for each charity. Over the course of the year, our team held bake sales, a quiz night, a book swap shop as part of […]

Berry Smith are delighted to have advised the shareholders of Group SCS in the sale to Swedish-based Systemair AB.

16 March 2023

For over 30 years, Group SCS has offered bespoke and modular smoke control solutions as well as building energy management systems. Group SCS has worked on thousands of complex UK construction projects including high-rise residential buildings, hotels, schools and shopping centres. One of their recent notable projects was providing a new smoke ventilation system for […]

The Power of Limitation of Liability Clauses: Reducing Risk and Liability in Your Contract

7 March 2023

A Limitation of liability clause in a contract has the ability to limit or even exclude a party’s liability and certain types of loss. The parties to an agreement should consider the potential liabilities that may arise and then assess accordingly the limitations which may be appropriate and reasonable. A recent judgement confirmed the effectiveness […]

Neurodiversity in the workplace

7 March 2023

Neurodiversity is a fairly new term which applies to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. It highlights that people naturally think about things differently. Recently there has been growing awareness of the benefits that an inclusive and neurodiverse workplace can have, with the growing thought that by allowing those who don’t […]

Ask the Lawyer: Collective Redundancies

7 March 2023

In the midst of the cost of living crisis, some businesses have had to make large-scale redundancies in order to ensure continued survival. In this article we have therefore addressed some frequently asked questions concerning collective redundancies. What is a collective redundancy? A collective redundancy is when an employer proposes to make 20 or more […]

Berry Smith is delighted to have advised on the transfer of a well known local nursery into employee ownership.

1 March 2023

The employees at Caerphilly based Abigail’s Day Nursery Limited have become new owners of the Company.  Abigail’s was jointly founded by Abigail Jones and her father, Michael Donovan, in 2013 and currently looks after 65 children. The nursery employs 25 members of staff. Recognising the critical role that their staff play in the nursery, owners […]

Berry Smith advises one of Wales’ market leaders in apprenticeship delivery on the transition to employee ownership.

22 February 2023

The staff of Talk Training Ltd, a market leader in the delivery of apprenticeships in Wales, have now become the owners of the entire share capital of the Company. Talk Training Ltd was incorporated in 1995 and was acquired by the former shareholders in 2007 as part of a management buyout.  Jonathan Hughes (Managing Director), […]

The Difference between Intermediaries and Commercial Agents

16 February 2023

The difference between being an intermediary and a commercial agent is important as it can affect the rights, obligations, and liabilities of parties involved in a contract. In a recent High Court case, the difference between intermediaries and commercial agents was put in the limelight. The judge highlighted it as a significant element in considering […]

Online Safety Bill – What does this mean for your business?

14 February 2023

It’s no secret that parliament has been rocked on many occasions over the last 12 months by a constant series of government upheavals and reorganisations, meaning that many high-profile bills have been left in limbo as they are passed between shifting government ministers. Despite this, the highly anticipated, and often controversial, Online Safety Bill has […]

New Year, New Terms?

7 February 2023

The start of a new year marks a fresh start when many of us are considering the changes we wish to make for the coming year. These are often lifestyle changes made with the intention of self-improvement, such as joining a gym or quitting smoking. But why stop there? The start of a new year […]

Berry Smith successfully win case against a national surveying company following the production of a negligent HomeBuyer Report.

1 February 2023

Mr Joe Guishard -v- Connells Survey & Valuation Limited Berry Smith is delighted to have acted on behalf of the Claimant, Mr Guishard, in his successful claim for professional negligence against the Defendant, Connells Survey & Valuation Limited, a national provider of residential property valuation and surveying services. Conduct of the claim has been led […]

Cost of Living – Options for Employers

31 January 2023

With the end of the current tax year approaching, many employers will likely start looking at conducting pay reviews and awarding bonuses shortly.  With the cost-of-living issues that are currently well publicised, employers may wish to also consider implementing further measures to assist their staff during this difficult time. While there is no obligation to […]

Employment Law Changes – 2023

31 January 2023

In this article we look ahead to the proposed legal changes within the employment field and have also set out some of the increased statutory pay rates which will apply from April 2023. Increase in statutory pay rates The new statutory rates are as follows: New employment rights The Government has backed a number of […]

Trade mark Appeal is Louis Vui-Gone

19 December 2022

In a recent European Court decision, fashion powerhouse, Louis Vuitton, have been denied a trade mark. The check pattern in question, named Damier Azur, failed to have the required distinctiveness to be a registered trade mark in the EU. It’s not the first time that Louis Vuitton have made headlines in relation to trade marks, […]

Price Adjustment Clauses: Helping Businesses Survive the Cost-of-Living Crisis

6 December 2022

What impact will the cost-of living crisis have on your business? Three quarters of small businesses have cited the cost-of-living concerns to be the biggest immediate threat to their business over the next year. This comes from a recent report published by PayPal titled ‘Build Business Resilience’ which identified that alongside the issues caused by […]

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

2 December 2022

With the festivities around the corner, 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 […]

FIFA World Cup 2022: Goals for Employers

2 December 2022

With the FIFA World Cup 2022 well under way, many employees up and down the country will no doubt be looking to book some annual leave over the next 2 weeks ahead of the final, or may even ask to work flexibly to watch certain matches. However, with some matches kicking off as early as […]

Berry Smith Lawyers has advised on the sale of Europest Environmental Services

1 December 2022

Berry Smith is delighted to have advised Andrew Housley and his team on the sale of Europest Environmental Services Limited to a subsidiary of US based Rollins Inc. Europest was founded in 2001 by Andrew Housley with three former colleagues, including Richard Edwards, Morgan Francis and Lee Davison and was part of the Eurogroup of […]

A New Direction for Data Protection? What we know so far.

22 November 2022

This article is providing a recap on the first reading of the new Data Protection and Digital Information Bill and the changes proposed within it. While this was due for a second reading on 5th September, this was delayed and subsequent changes in Government mean that we are now left to wait and see where […]

The Overseas Entity Register – what does this mean for Land Ownership?

15 November 2022

The Register of Overseas Entities (“The Register”) came into effect on 1st August 2022 and will change the registration requirements for all foreign company owners of UK property. In this article Martin Pursall, Partner in the Commercial Property department at Berry Smith Lawyers, considers what these changes will be, the impact of these changes and […]

Berry Smith Advise on Brand Ambassador Agreement between Marks and Spencer and Tom Kerridge.

8 November 2022

Berry Smith is delighted to have advised on a Brand Ambassador Agreement between Marks and Spencer and Tom Kerridge for their client Brand Pilot Ltd. Renowned Michelin star chef Tom Kerridge has partnered with M&S in a 3-year collaboration. The celebrity chef is set to initially produce delicious recipes for budget-friendly family meals using the […]

Industrial Action: What does this mean for employers?

26 October 2022

In recent weeks, we have seen widespread and recurrent examples of industrial action, including most notably, train strikes, waste collecting strikes and postal strikes. Such action has of course, been taken by workers in these industries to place pressure on their employer to respond to specific employment needs. The cost of living crisis has meant […]

The New Brexit Freedoms Bill: Impact on Employment Law

25 October 2022

The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill 2022-2023 (‘the Bill’) has now been published and it follows that the employment law landscape in the UK may change significantly very soon. The Bill provides that by the end of 2023, the UK government will either amend, repeal or replace any EU-derived employment law. The Bill […]

Berry Smith Lawyers has advised on the purchase of Ceaton Security Services

12 October 2022

Berry Smith is delighted to have advised Angie Beasley on the purchase of Ceaton Security Services Limited from Deane Ceaton. Ceaton, established in 1991 by brothers Gordon and Deane Ceaton based in Cardiff, has grown today to be highly reputable and well respected in the security industry. Ceaton specialise in the design, installation, service and […]

Berry Smith has advised on the sale of Vision Flor

19 May 2022

Berry Smith are delighted to have advised Mark and Sabrina Fisher on their sale of Bristol based Vision Flor Limited to the management team. Vision Flor offers both commercial and domestic flooring services throughout the UK. Established by Mark in 2011 the company has grown from strength to strength providing services to well know businesses […]

Berry Smith advises on $1m funding round in Enclave Networks

1 February 2022

Berry Smith are delighted to have advised Enclave Networks Limited on its recent $1m fundraise by a number of overseas venture capital firms. The fundraising round was led by Berlin based Next Big Thing AG (NBT) together with US cyber investors Gula Tech Adventures (GTA). Enclave Networks is the Company behind a computer networking technology […]

Berry Smith Acts in the sale of Watkin Davies to A-Plan Group

9 January 2022

Berry Smith are delighted to have advised on the sale of Watkin Davies Insurance Consultants Limited to fellow insurers, A-Plan Group. Since 1978, Watkin Davies have been one of Wales’ largest independent insurance brokers. The business is a market leader in commercial and personal insurance brokers in the region and is the trusted insurance advisors […]

Berry Smith Acts in the Sale of Box Litho to the Management Team

9 November 2021

Berry Smith is delighted to have advised the shareholders of their sale of South Wales based Box Litho Limited to the management team. Box Litho, originally founded by Glenn Griffiths and Thomas Melay, has gained the expertise and experience to be able to become specialists in the manufacture of litho laminated packaging, recognised as leading […]