In our Summer Corporate Update, we have a range of articles looking at various obligations companies need to consider, thanks to a raft of legislation that has come in over the last 12 months. We are also taking a final look at the Brexit issue – if you are still undecided then join us at our G Live debate for business, chaired by Anne Milton MP, on Thursday 16 June. For more details and to register please contact Virginia Cook.
In other news we have made a record number of partner promotions this year and after a year of significant growth for our South East office, we now have a team numbering over 140. Our new partners are William Marriott in the Private Property team; Ben Smith, Employment; and Jamie Cartwright, Commercial Dispute Resolution, who join new Senior Associate promotions, Rebecca Burford, William Rollin, Jonathan Thompson and Gareth Walliss. All have excelled in terms of legal expertise and dedication to client service and have made a significant contribution to the firm’s continued success. Finally a welcome to new Family partner, Shona Alexander, who joined us last month from Forsters.
Other events to watch out for include our annual Games in Guildford conference, G3 Futures, with UKIE and the University of Surrey, on Wednesday 29 June, for the local games industry. If you are a business that uses third party distribution channels, you may be interested in our Commercial Risk workshop that is looking at minimising risks around getting goods to market and supply chain management on Wednesday 12 October, plus look out for our update on Cybersecurity and Data Protection matters on Wednesday 30 November. If you would like to register for any of these events please contact Virginia Cook.
Mind the gender pay gap
The Government published in February its long-awaited draft Gender Pay Gap Information Regulations, we explore the key details.
EU Referendum Implications - preparing for uncertainty
A UK exit from the EU in this month's referendum would carry with it significant legal consequences for businesses. There is, however, uncertainty about how the UK’s post-exit relationship with the EU might look, which makes it difficult to accurately predict what these consequences will be. If you're still unsure about how to vote after reading the following article, please come along to our Brexit Debate at G Live on 16 June. Email Virginia Cook for more details.
What you need to know about the new General Data Protection Regulation
This article sets out the main changes under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of which all businesses need to be aware. Due to come into force on 25 May 2018, the GDPR is the most significant development in data protection law for 20 years.
"People with significant control" - update on next steps
From 6 April 2016, UK companies and Limited Liability Partnerships have been required to investigate “People with Significant Control” (PSCs) in them and “Relevant Legal Entities” (RLEs), and to keep a register of their details. This is part of the UK implementation of the G20 High Level Principles of Beneficial Ownership Transparency.
The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) comes into force on 3 July 2016. It is EU legislation with direct effect, which replaces the Market Abuse Directive (MAD). For AIM and ISDX companies, there will be a new regime altogether since AIM and ISDX securities (together with debt instruments issued by an AIM company or an ISDX company and related derivatives and linked financial instruments) are in scope.