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Changes to UK law for the Trade Secrets Directive

The UK Government has published draft regulations to implement minimum standards of protection for trade secrets in all UK jurisdictions Trade secrets are an essential if often-overlooked aspect of intellectual property.  A wide range of commercially valuable information, from the recipe for Coca Cola to search engine algorithms to the…

DIFC employment law – consultation paper published

The Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) intends to refresh its employment laws. Under proposals set out in a consultation paper published last week, a new employment law would be introduced to replace the DIFC’s existing employment law. Background The central pillar of employment law in the DIFC is DIFC Law…

Data protection liability: Full compliance isn’t enough

The actions of rogue employees in data breaches may leave even GDPR-compliant businesses facing huge damages claims Wm Morrisons Supermarket PLC (Morrisons) has been found vicariously liable for the actions of a rogue employee in breach of data protection legislation, even though the company itself was held to be compliant.…

New trade mark law opinion bad news for Louboutin’s red soles?

How does Advocate General Szpunar’s opinion affect fashion’s most famous sole trader? Louboutin’s red lacquered soled shoes are famous internationally and are instantly recognisable by fashionistas worldwide. Mr Louboutin has spent decades trying to protect his distinctive branding and stop copycats from applying a red finish to the soles of…

Innovative stats and high-tech court furniture feature at the 2018 Australian Open

As with most other sports, statistics are featuring more and more in the coverage of major tennis events as broadcasters seek to maximise audience engagement by giving viewers greater insight into the on-court action. Typical statistics which tennis fans will be familiar with include number of winners, forced/unforced errors and…

Legal Update: Foreign ownership restrictions in the UAE

The foreign ownership restrictions that currently apply to UAE limited liability companies are expected to be relaxed in 2018. Background Most companies established “onshore” in the UAE are limited liability companies (or “LLCs”). Under Federal Law No. 2 of 2015 (the “Commercial Companies Law”), an LLC must be at least…