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We have become used to hearing stories of data breaches caused by hacking and ransomware, including the news last week that there has been a security breach of the electoral register in which names and addresses of voters have been accessed, potentially as far back as August 2021. However, the recent news from Northern Ireland has served as a reminder that human error can also result in significant data breaches.

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The 2023 Chambers and Partners High Net Worth guide has been published and we are delighted to announce that the Stronachs STEP accredited Private Client team continue to be recognised and ranked as Band 2 within the guide.

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On 1 June 2023 Stronachs LLP, the full-service law practice headquartered in Aberdeen, announced a number of internal promotions. 

Neil Forbes, on behalf of the Board, said:

“We are very pleased to announce that Kirsten Anderson of our private client team and Callum Armstrong of our corporate team have been assumed as Partners.  Both joined Stronachs as trainees and it is testament to their ability and commitment to the firm and its clients that they have achieved partnership at this stage of their career.

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Last week, three Private Members Bills received royal assent which will, when in force, give new rights to parents and carers, namely:

Paid neonatal leave of up to 12 weeks for employed parents whose children are admitted into neonatal care. This will be in addition to existing leave entitlements such as maternity and paternity leave.

Enhancement of existing redundancy protections for pregnant women and new parents for a periodof time after they return to work.

A week of flexible unpaid leave per year for unpaid carers who have dependants with long-term care needs.

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When the GDPR first came into force five years ago, the big headline-grabber was the potential for large fines – up to €20m or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is higher. In recent months we have seen some significant penalties being applied by UK and EU supervisory authorities, and the news this week from the Irish Data Protection Commission was that it had concluded its investigation into Facebook parent company Meta and decided to issue it with an administrative fine of €1.2billion in respect of its data transfers to the US.

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On 10 May 2023 the UK Government published the ‘Smarter Regulation’ policy paper which announced a number of post-Brexit employment law reform measures. The package of regulatory reforms includes:

  1. Limiting non-compete clauses to three-months
  2. Changes to Working Time Regulations
  3. Reforms to the rules governing the transfer of employees between undertakings (TUPE)

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During April 2023 there are a  number of employment law changes.

Click on the image to access our updated Employment Team Fact Card PDF guide.

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The ICO has issued another headline-grabbing fine to a social media company – this time to TikTok, who have been fined £12.7 million for misusing children’s data, in particular by processing personal data of children aged under 13 without parental consent and taking insufficient steps to check the age of those using their platform and removing those underage.

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