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Data Protection Law in 2016 and beyond – More Iron Fist, Less Velvet Glove

Commentators on online privacy and data protection have long predicted a “tipping point”, where the public would finally realise the impact of sharing (and the growing economy based on) their personal data. In the information age where businesses, platforms and brands are targeted around the habits and demographics of their users, knowledge truly is power. The use of that knowledge and the data underpinning it has been taken increasingly seriously by legislators, leading to the original EU Data Protection Directive in 1995, reflected in UK Law by the Data Protection Act 1998.

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Consumer Contracts (Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations 2015) – new requirement for on-line sellers


Businesses selling on line should now be used to EU derived regulation applicable to on line sales. In the latest major change to the legal requirements for businesses selling on line since the introduction in 2014 of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013, the European Commission’s On-line Dispute Resolution (ODR) site goes live to on-line consumers from 15th February 2016.

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Bermans continues growth drive


North West law firm Bermans is building on its record year last year with fee income totalling £1,331,221 for Q1 of this financial year, a 13% increase compared to last year.

The corporate team led by Jon Davage in Manchester has had a particularly busy start with the team advising on 11 transactions made up of 3 acquisitions, 5 disposals, 2 reorganisations and 1 private equity deal.

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Bermans announces record year


Law firm Bermans has announced a record turnover for the financial year 2014/2015 with turnover topping £5m – a 7 per cent increase on last year.

Bermans, which has offices in Liverpool and Manchester, has launched private client and commercial departments as well as growing its employment team during the period.

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Bermans adds Commercial as new practice area to further expand the firm


North West law firm Bermans has added commercial as a new practice area to further expand its operation.

The department will be headed up Chris McDonough who has joined Bermans from Hill Dickinson as a partner in the Liverpool office where he will oversee the development of the commercial services offering. He will cover a wide range of company and commercial work including commercial contracts, intellectual property contracts, joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability partnerships.

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G-Suite acquires properties in Manchester and Liverpool as part of a £250m regeneration project


Hong Kong-based property development company G-Suite Holdings has acquired properties in Liverpool and Manchester as part of a £250m regeneration project.

G-Suite which also has an office in Manchester, recently acquired properties at 2 Moorfields and 35/37 Dale Street in Liverpool city centre and two properties in Middleton, Manchester. Both buildings in Liverpool will be extensively renovated in a £20m project to convert the properties into boutique apartments to then be sold to overseas investors.

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Planning for the future is vital if family businesses are to create a lasting legacy


There are many successful family businesses in the Merseyside region that have adapted to an ever changing world and continue to thrive under family ownership.

But are family businesses in danger of dying out?  Previously, being born into a family business meant some or all of the children would become involved so that when older generations retired, there would be a ready-made team to take over the reins.

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Bermans one of first firms in the UK to be awarded FCA approval


North West law firm Bermans has secured authorisation for its operations from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), one of the first law firms to do so in the UK.

Any business offering financial services or advice is regulated by the FCA, formerly the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

Partner and head of litigation Nick Harvey explains:

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