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Inspiring Women in Technology

A series of virtual discussions with leaders, key players and “up and coming” specialists in the tech scene on how women can break into the industry, overcome challenges and forge a meaningful and successful career in tech.

Fay Lyttle

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 16:05:46 GMT+00:00

Developing a 'Menopause Friendly' strategy in the workplace

Hosted workshop by Mills & Reeve. Deborah Garlick, CEO of Henpicked: Menopause In The Workplace and founder of the industry-recognised Menopause Friendly Accreditation, will show employers how to create and implement a menopause workplace policy and strategy.

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 13:06:08 GMT+00:00

Employment: Immigration update

In this webinar, Mills & Reeve's Alex Russell and Mark Benton look at the latest immigration developments and key issues that employers need to be aware of.

Alex Russell

Mon, 30 Jan 2023 11:09:49 GMT+00:00

Targeting Meta - When behavioural advertising goes wrong

Meta highlights the need for careful consideration when it comes to picking a lawful basis for processing personal data under the UK or EU GDPR – your organisation will want to avoid the costly Meta mistakes!

Lauren Taylor Brown

Tue, 24 Jan 2023 16:46:36 GMT+00:00

FCA fines Chair of listed company for market abuse

On 5 August 2022, the FCA issued a final notice to Sir Christopher Gent, the former non-executive Chair of ConvaTec Group plc (Company), fining him £80,000 for committing market abuse by unlawfully disclosing inside information. The final notice includes important guidance on: what amounts to inside information, the obligation to disclose inside information “as soon as possible”, and the circumstances in which selective disclosure of inside information may be permitted.

Emma Plaxton

Tue, 24 Jan 2023 12:48:41 GMT+00:00

Digitisation to maximise shareholder engagement?

UK 2022 listed company trends indicated a return to solely physical shareholder meetings by most companies, although a notable proportion did adopt hybrid-approach, incorporating virtual elements. In July 2022 the Financial Reporting Council issued “Good Practice Guidance for Company Meetings” with a focus on shareholder engagement not just being limited to annual meetings and recommendations designed to encourage companies to seize opportunities to maximise shareholder engagement by embracing new technologies.

Sofie de Pfeiffer

Tue, 24 Jan 2023 12:38:11 GMT+00:00

PEG issues new statement of principles

The Pre-Emption Group has issued a revised version of its statement of principles, which increases the limit for non pre-emptive capital raises from an aggregate 10% of issued share capital to an aggregate 20% of issued share capital. The statement, among other things, introduces new provisions for “capital-hungry” companies and a new requirement to consider the interests of retail investors.

Tom Samuel

Tue, 24 Jan 2023 12:29:23 GMT+00:00

A very expensive email!

Towards the end of last year, Interserve has found out how costly it can be to open up an email - £4.4 million to be precise!

Jagvinder Singh Kang

Mon, 23 Jan 2023 17:23:32 GMT+00:00

IP Addresses & China – what’s all the fuss about?…TikTok over to you!

A timely reminder about the risks associated with the use of IP addresses, as well as how TikTok has once again raised concerns about international personal data transfers to China.

Jagvinder Singh Kang

Mon, 23 Jan 2023 17:10:28 GMT+00:00

Breaking Ground: Assumption of responsibility in construction projects

The next in our bitesized webinar series for construction and engineering risk specialists.

Mon, 23 Jan 2023 17:08:16 GMT+00:00

What’s French for ‘Google Analytics’ – “Non!”

Is your organisation using Google Analytics for its marketing? Then make sure that you know what’s the growing threat coming from European data protection regulators.

Jagvinder Singh Kang

Mon, 23 Jan 2023 16:51:51 GMT+00:00

Will planning for business owners – getting it right really matters (OMB)

This webinar is part of a special week long series aimed at owners, managers and professional advisers of owner managed/family businesses.

Thu, 19 Jan 2023 15:32:44 GMT+00:00

What does ESG mean to you? Identifying priorities and practical steps (OMB)

This webinar is part of a special week long series aimed at owners, managers and professional advisers of owner managed/family businesses.

Thu, 19 Jan 2023 12:32:25 GMT+00:00

Bored Monkeys, Bitcoin and your business (OMB)

This webinar is part of a special week long series aimed at owners, managers and professional advisers of owner managed/family businesses.

Thu, 19 Jan 2023 12:27:06 GMT+00:00

Managing your business - The Godfather? Fawlty Towers? Or somewhere in between...? (OMB)

This webinar is part of a special week long series aimed at owners, managers and professional advisers of owner managed/family businesses.

Thu, 19 Jan 2023 12:13:13 GMT+00:00

Mitigating life’s pitfalls: wealth protection for business owners (OMB)

This webinar is part of a special week long series aimed at owners, managers and professional advisers of owner managed/family businesses.

Thu, 19 Jan 2023 12:05:08 GMT+00:00

Disagreements between joint executors

This article provides an overview of an executor’s duties and responsibilities, the types of disagreements that may occur between joint executors of an estate and what options are available to them to aid resolution of those issues.

Nicola Warren

Thu, 19 Jan 2023 11:14:00 GMT+00:00

In-house in Focus: Competition law essentials for in-house counsel

Competition partner Kate Newman will provide an overview of hot topics in UK competition law.

Wed, 18 Jan 2023 15:23:15 GMT+00:00

Charging order refused in respect of bankruptcy debt

A money claim was made against a defendant, which was settled in May 2014. The settlement required the defendant to transfer its interest in properties to the claimant.

Jacob Walker

Tue, 17 Jan 2023 17:33:48 GMT+00:00

Notwithstanding Brexit, COMI rears its head again

The debtor company had been incorporated in BVI but subsequently moved its registered office to Malta. The petitioner creditor entered into a contract with the debtor which was governed by English law and provided for dispute resolution by arbitration in London.

Morgan Bowen

Tue, 17 Jan 2023 17:22:59 GMT+00:00

Should costs be detailed or summarily assessed?

The claim was initially brought by the claimants (Brakes) against the defendants (Guy Parties) in respect of alleged misuse of confidential information and infringement of privacy. Both at first instance and on appeal the Brakes’ claim was unsuccessful. Following the appeal, the Brakes challenged the amount of costs claimed by the Guy Parties as excessive and also submitted that the costs should be subject to detailed rather than summary assessment.

Sara Hafejee

Tue, 17 Jan 2023 15:33:48 GMT+00:00

Breaking Ground

Bitesize webinars for the construction and engineering risk market.

Andrea Lynch

Tue, 17 Jan 2023 15:29:05 GMT+00:00

Education Employment - Looking back at key developments in 2022 and looking forward to what to expect in 2023

Join us for the next webinar in our series which focuses on important employment issues affecting higher education institutions.

Tue, 17 Jan 2023 14:35:33 GMT+00:00

The Box: inflation and the implications of underinsurance

In this edition we discuss principles of underinsurance, the broker’s duty with regards to sums insured and the associated risks from the perspective of claims against brokers.

Tue, 17 Jan 2023 11:08:39 GMT+00:00

Remuneration, Re Berkley Applegate and the statutory charge

The company concerned developed and marketed overseas properties. Administrators were appointed in 2010. The company moved into CVL before a winding up order was made in 2013 and new liquidators appointed.

Lino Di Lorenzo

Tue, 17 Jan 2023 11:07:47 GMT+00:00

Bankruptcy annulled as debtor's COMI was not England

The only substantial creditor in a bankruptcy successfully applied to have a bankruptcy order annulled on the basis that the debtor’s COMI (centre of main interest) was not England and Wales.

Catherine Noble

Tue, 17 Jan 2023 11:00:20 GMT+00:00

Administrators seek directions on energy supplier debts

Officeholders of various failed energy suppliers sought directions regarding failed suppliers’ continued liability for various potential debts.

Tim Evans

Tue, 17 Jan 2023 10:51:42 GMT+00:00

Purported largest ever preference claim successful

In February 2012, shares in Comet were sold by its owner, now part of the Darty (previously Kesa) Group to entities set up by OpCapita. As part of the arrangements in respect of that sale, an amount of just over £115m was repaid by Comet to an entity in the Kesa group.

Neil Smyth

Tue, 17 Jan 2023 10:32:25 GMT+00:00

Will disputes

It's becoming more and more common to see disputes over inheritance. In 2019, 188 cases of challenging Wills reached the High Court, a dramatic increase of 47% from cases in 2018. In fact, it is now estimated that 3 in 4 people are likely to encounter such a dispute within their lifetimes. It is more important than ever therefore to be aware of the grounds upon which a Will may be challenged.

David Catchpole

Mon, 16 Jan 2023 14:26:52 GMT+00:00

Life Sciences Legal Forum - Competition Law

The next Life Sciences Legal Forum focuses on key competition law (anti-trust) issues relating to the life sciences sector.

Mon, 16 Jan 2023 09:12:58 GMT+00:00

Health and Care Conversations: Data Subject Access Requests in health and care settings

Our new Health and Care conversations webinar series focusing on Data Subject Access Requests in health and care settings.

Stuart Craig

Fri, 13 Jan 2023 14:24:44 GMT+00:00

A round up of some recent litigation cases - January 2023

Miranda Whiteley rounds up some recent litigation cases that may be of interest.

Miranda Whiteley

Fri, 13 Jan 2023 10:38:30 GMT+00:00

The litigation landscape for data protection

Increased awareness of data protection rights and obligations has resulted in a steady increase in data breach claims since the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (now known as UK GDPR). Claimants often assert that their personal data has been improperly handled or disclosed, both as a primary claim and an ancillary issue.

Claire Williams

Fri, 13 Jan 2023 10:31:39 GMT+00:00

Greenwashing - what are the risks?

Rarely out of the headlines, the issue of greenwashing is high on the agendas of companies, investors and regulators alike. With increasing scrutiny and legal actions on the rise, we consider below key risks for companies and financial services firms.

Rachel McDonnell

Fri, 13 Jan 2023 10:23:03 GMT+00:00

Techbio – evolution or revolution?

Head of Life Sciences, James Fry discusses issues on techbio business models with Dr Raminderpal Singh, co-founder and CEO of techbio business, has developed a computational platform (ALaSCA) to better understand disease pathways in neurodegenerative diseases. ALaSCA is also being leveraged across the life sciences industry as a service.

James Fry

Thu, 12 Jan 2023 13:29:53 GMT+00:00

A suite of support for UK life sciences research

As global headwinds affect funding for research, recent UK Government announcements provide welcome support for the sector. New programmes will provide funding for international collaborations and powerhouse institutions to underpin life sciences innovation.

Isabel Teare

Thu, 12 Jan 2023 12:44:52 GMT+00:00

New year heralds announcement of new Mills & Reeve senior leadership team

Charles Staveley has been elected as the new Mills & Reeve senior partner and will work alongside Claire Clarke who continues as managing partner for a third term.

Claire Clarke

Wed, 11 Jan 2023 11:01:08 GMT+00:00

Food and Drink: Crisis management for food and beverage businesses

Please join us for a webinar panel event where our team of experts focus on how food and beverage businesses can manage a crisis.

Tue, 10 Jan 2023 14:24:43 GMT+00:00

Cover Talk plus: Case round up of 2022

Our lawyers summarise significant insurance cases of 2022

Mon, 9 Jan 2023 17:03:39 GMT+00:00

New year, new hires for Mills & Reeve’s Oxford office

William Downing and Dominic Jones join the firm’s partnership to strengthen and grow Mills & Reeve’s recently opened office in Oxford.

Peter McLintock

Mon, 9 Jan 2023 11:03:48 GMT+00:00

Expanding our food and agribusiness expertise with exciting new partner hire

Catherine Scott has joined leading UK law firm Mills & Reeve to develop its food and agribusiness team.

Catherine Scott

Mon, 9 Jan 2023 09:10:59 GMT+00:00

Mills & Reeve advise The Translation People on Management Buyout

Leading national law firm Mills & Reeve has advised the shareholders and management team of The Translation People on a management buyout (MBO) in a move to fuel its ambitious buy and build strategy

Vicky Protano

Fri, 6 Jan 2023 16:01:21 GMT+00:00

TECHtalk: cyber response – preparation and insights

Gain insights from our national cyber survey and helpful information on key steps you can take to mitigate against the risks and liability of cyber.

Thu, 5 Jan 2023 15:54:14 GMT+00:00

Competition and Markets Authority consults on strategic priorities for 2023/2024

On 15 December 2022, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a consultation on its draft annual plan for 2023 to 2024. The draft annual plan sets out the CMA’s areas of focus within the context of the organisation’s purpose, ambition and proposed medium-term priorities for the next 3 years. It therefore provides businesses and organisations with a steer on the key areas and sectors in which the CMA is likely to be active.

Kate Newman

Thu, 5 Jan 2023 11:15:03 GMT+00:00

Commentary on Guest v Guest

In October 2022, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in Guest v Guest [2022] UKSC 27. The case provides guidance on how the level of relief for a proprietary estoppel claim should be assessed. Is the purpose of the remedy to give effect to the claimant’s expectation or to compensate the claimant for the detriment suffered?

Nicola Warren

Thu, 5 Jan 2023 10:31:42 GMT+00:00


Carter Jonas previously reported that investment in laboratory and office space in Oxford for 2022 was on track to break the previous record of £330 million set in 2021 and that prices for fitted lab space now exceed £100 per sq ft.

Chloe Gibson

Thu, 5 Jan 2023 09:26:04 GMT+00:00

What reasonable steps does a party have to take to overcome a force majeure clause?

Does a party have to accept non-contractual performance to mitigate the impact of a force majeure event?

Alexandra Ranaghan

Wed, 4 Jan 2023 12:28:18 GMT+00:00

New rules provide opportunities for R&D in the health & care sector

On 5 December 2022, the Competition Act 1998 (Research and Development Agreements Block Exemption) Order 2022 (the order) was laid before Parliament and took effect on 1 January 2023. The order is relevant to businesses and organisations which collaborate in relation to the research and development of products, technologies or processes. It is therefore of particular relevance to NHS teaching hospitals.

Kate Newman

Wed, 4 Jan 2023 10:03:33 GMT+00:00

What the latest employment tribunal statistics reveal

The Government published the latest quarterly and annual statistics last month. We explore what they reveal about the volume of claims and levels of compensation.

Francesca Clowes-Fellows

Wed, 4 Jan 2023 09:28:24 GMT+00:00

Subsidy Control Act 2022: another new regime

The Subsidy Control Act 2022 is now, as of 4 January 2023, in force. The regime under the Act reflects the subsidy control chapter of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement which has governed UK subsidies since Brexit. This article provides a summary of the key changes made by the Act and how the regime will operate.

Simon Elsegood

Wed, 4 Jan 2023 09:05:42 GMT+00:00