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UK #MeToo scandal hitting the headlines

Over the last few days it has been difficult to escape the widespread coverage of the anonymised injunction obtained by Sir Philip Green preventing publication by The Telegraph newspaper of allegations against him by a number of former employees; and the subsequent decision by Lord Hain to use his Parliamentary privilege to identify Sir Philip as the business executive who had obtained the injunction. Background Sir Philip obtained an injunction preventing the release of his…
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Safestlye and SafeGlaze avoid seeing double in glazing row

Over the last few decades the double-glazing salesman have been the target for jokes and have had to put up with a good deal of criticism and negative stereotyping. Despite all this the industry is growing and there is clearly appetite for companies to get in on a slice of the action. No better is this illustrated than in the recent legal fight between two Bradford based companies, Safestyle UK and SafeGlaze UK.  Safestyle which…
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3 myths about confidential information

Uber has recently agreed to pay Waymo a settlement of $245 million in a trade secret dispute involving use of information concerning driverless car technology, unlawfully disclosed by an employee. While this only amounts to 0.34% of Ubers equity, exposure of commercially sensitive information can destroy a company. It can also result in unfair competition and the stifling of innovation, particularly in sectors that rely on technological advances. It is therefore important to understand the…
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Protecting your ideas and know how – Confidential Information

Do you pitch ideas and designs as part of a tender or potential investment deal? Does your employee have access to your client lists? Does your manufacturer have detailed information relating to your products or suppliers? These types of information can have limited or no protection as intellectual property rights, but don’t panic – you may still have rights under the law of confidential information. There are 3 key elements to consider: Does the information…
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Ashley Madison & Brand Management

“Life is short. Have an affair” (a registered Trade Mark) was the famous slogan of Ashley Madison, a Canadian company launched as a mobile app in 2001.  This was a dating application established to aid extra-marital affairs, netting the owner Noel Biderman $55 million per year.  It was not until July 2015 that it became infamous… When the website was not closed due to hacker pressure, hackers released Ashley Madison’s client names onto the dark…
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What is personal confidential information

Don’t mention the war It may surprise you to read that under English law and unlike in the USA, there is no absolute right to keep personal information confidential. However, over the years, case law has developed to a point where, under certain circumstances, a person has the right to keep certain information private. Confidence The starting point for privacy law in the UK is the tort of confidence which states that confidential information must…
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