Remember the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that overhauled data protection rules a couple of years ago and required lots of changes to how individuals’ data was stored and processed?
Since the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, UK businesses now have two versions of the GDPR to take into account – the UK GDPR and the EU GDPR.
Stephen is a partner and heads up the Commercial Team, having joined Bermans in June 2021.
After qualifying as a solicitor in 2008, Stephen has trained and worked at a number of large regional firms; as well as working in-house. He is a highly experienced commercial contracts lawyer with in-house experience (including working with major international brands), and has good experience working for international companies. This in-house experience gives Stephen a commercial approach in problem solving, which assists clients in achieving their commercial goal and objectives.
Stephen advises on all types of commercial contracts and arrangements. This extends to agency or distribution, confidentiality, consultancy, cooperation, event management, outsourced services, sponsorship, software or website development, equipment or venue-hire, intellectual property rights and licensing, trade mark licences and standard terms and conditions of trade, service and supply. He advises clients in a wide range of sectors and industries; including the cosmetic, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, leisure, retail and sports.
In addition to his commercial contracts experience, Stephen has substantial experience in the sports sector, and is an important part of the growing Bermans Sports Team. Before coming back to private practice in 2019, Stephen was senior legal counsel at MATCH Hospitality, providing legal and commercial advice in connection with a number of major sporting events; including the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia™ 2017, 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, the ATP Tennis Finals (at the O2 Arena in London) and the Formula One Paddock Club. He was also previously lead legal adviser to the T20 Caribbean Premier League.
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The EU have published a redacted version of the Advanced Purchase Agreement it entered into with AstraZeneca AB for the supply of Covid 19 vaccine. This article considers the terms of the redacted version of the Agreement in light of the claims made by the EU Commission, the threats made by the Commission and the actions taken by the Commission.
I am a commercial contracts lawyer of over 20 years’ experience who has worked on contracts in the bio medical and pharmaceutical sector, and on Government and EU supply contracts for much of that period. I caveat the contents of this article on the basis that I am an English qualified lawyer and the Agreement is subject to the laws of Belgium. As such, some of this article by necessity is approached from an English law perspective.
It is never too late to sort things out. First published in 2018, this note, now updated, addresses how you may protect your business through your contracts, where border issues cause delays or prices need to be adjusted, and explains the new UKCA Mark.
Some questions you may ask yourself:
- What happens if the borders are clogged up and I cannot deliver or receive goods
- Who will be liable for tariffs in the event of a hard Brexit
- Should I look at amending existing contracts or terminating contracts with a view to issuing new contracts
- Will you have to register with a UK authority in place of an EU one?
I have been asked by a GP Practice client to advise on the New to Partnership Payment which is a £20,000 payment to new Doctors (and others) who join a GP practice as a partner and is referred to in the Update issued 6th February 2020 (sections 2.14 – 2.16). NHS England Update to the GP contract agreement 2020/21 – 2023/24
Although the details are not yet fully decided by NHS England, and detailed guidance is yet to be provided, based on the Update, the payment is payable where:
The recent news that foreign exchange company Travelex is being held to ransom by hackers after a cyber attack is a reminder to organisations that cyber security is a business-critical issue. The gang claiming to be behind the hack has demanded £4.6m and explained that they hacked into the Travelex databases six months before the ransom demand was issued on 31 December 2019, spending that period downloading client data including names, dates of birth, credit card details and national insurance numbers.
The attack has led to Travelex taking down its website in 30 countries and turning off its computer systems. Could your business recover from such an attack asks Rob Eakins in our Commercial team?
Kate joined Bermans in September 2019 and is currently a trainee solicitor doing a split seat in the Corporate and Commercial department.
Before joining Bermans, she studied law and French law at Sheffield university, before going on to work as a paralegal at a large national firm and then at an international firm for two years. During this time, she worked in the corporate department where she spent time drafting and negotiating non-disclosure agreements for large debt equity firms.
During her time in the Corporate/Commercial team, Kate works with a number of medium to large companies and will have involvement in drafting and amending marketing agreements, terms and conditions, Software as a Service agreements, conducting legal research and drafting ancillary documents.
Outside of work, Kate enjoys HiiT workouts, drinking Aperol Spritz’s with friends and making travel plans.
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In recent years, two popular topics of conversation have been the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the blockchain. The GDPR is legislation which provides new protection for individuals in relation to their personal data. The blockchain is a variant of distributed ledger technology, which some people believe will create new business models, cut costs, and provide new ways of verifying identity.
On Tuesday 3 September, Bermans sponsored the latest Blockchain Manchester Meetup, hosted by our friends at BlockRocket.
Our Head of Corporate, Jon Davage, was there to give the audience a brief introduction to the services Bermans offers to entrepreneurs in the tech sector. Also present was Rob Eakins from our Commercial and IP team, who has been a regular attendee at these blockchain meetups.
There are various ways in which a business can protect its business interests whether that is profit or cashflow. Many will look first at the internal workings of the business to make savings and some may never look at their other options with external parties. Having in place contractual provisions which assist you in that regard are often overlooked. The aim of this article is to provide some ideas on how a business can protect itself in these uncertain times.