Data Protection | Data Protection Penalties Reduced

It has been reported that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reduced fines for organisations who have breached data protection law, in over half of the cases that it has issued direct fines.

Since April 2010 the ICO has had the power to issue monetary penalty notices, up to the value of £500,000, for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act (DPA). Over the last two years, the ICO have issued 14 penalty notices, although the highest has been £140,000 – and this was issued in January of this year. Continue reading

Intellectual Property | High Court Quashes Pub Landlady Conviction Over Copyrights Infringement

A pub landlady who was fined for screening FA Premier League football matches using a foreign satellite decoder has had her criminal conviction overturned by the High Court.

Landlady, Karen Murphy, had previously been ordered to pay £8,000 in fines and costs after being found guilty of breaching the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CDPA). Continue reading

Immigration Law | British Council Accused of Undermining Immigration Policy

The British Council, which is meant to promote the UK overseas have been accused of attempting to undermine the government’s policy on immigration; after claiming that new plans to restrict the number of international students in UK universities will damage the economy and affect the education sector’s brand. Continue reading

Mediation | Judge Calls for Campaign to Teach Benefits of Mediation

A leading judge, Lord Justice Jackson, has called for a “serious campaign” to teach lawyers and judges the benefits of mediation to settle disputes.

Since April 6th 2011, as a result of a Family Justice Review recommendation, divorcing couples are required to see if mediation is appropriate – although there is no compulsion to take it further – in a bid to reduce the strain on family courts and the number of contentious disputes which could be resolved by the parties themselves. Continue reading