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It is a new world under GDPR

The imposition of GDPR and uncertainty surrounding Brexit has created a challenging environment for businesses in the U.K. Stricter regulations, stronger protections individual privacy, and heftier fines have left businesses with a stark realisation of their obligations under the GDPR. Plus, it appears that the data protection regime post-Brexit will impose additional challenges for businesses large and small, especially in the tech sector.  The Old World Under the former regime, the Information Commissioner’s Office had generally not reached the maximum fine of £500,000. Most major breaches left companies paying between £250,000 and £400,000. Facebook was the last company fined under...
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Mortgage Repossession - the uncertain consequences of the Decision in Royal Bank of Scotland Plc. v. Jamieson on Calling Up Notices

The recent case of Royal Bank of Scotland Plc. v. Jamieson has rejected a previously accepted practice in relation to the sending of a Calling Up Notice (“CUN”) to the Extractor of the Court of Session. The practical ramifications of this decision are uncertain and this case has raised more questions than it has answered. Further case law is going to be needed to clarify how CUNs are to be dealt with in the future. Background A creditor holding a standard security can issue a CUN to call up the loan and seek repayment.  In this case, when the creditor...
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Facial Recognition Technology

The new data protection regime has created unique concerns about the implementation of cutting-edge technology in surveillance and policing. The High Court recently heard a case dealing with live facial recognition technology used by South Wales Police (SWP). Ed Bridges of Cardiff, Wales, (with the assistance of human rights organisation, Liberty) filed a lawsuit against the SWP, alleging that his rights had been violated after they used facial recognition technology. He asserted that he had been recorded without his permission at least twice while he was using public thoroughfares in Cardiff (once for shopping and once for attending a political...
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The good, the bad, and the ugly... The latest VC trends

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the BVCA High Growth Event at the Ham Yard Hotel in London.  The event takes place each year and is definitely worth attending if you want to network with the who’s who in venture capital in the UK. The event takes place over the course of a full day and is split into short presentations giving industry insights, lively panel discussions and some round table debates (not to mention lots of opportunities to network!). The first segment was a fascinating chat from Catherine Cutts, a data scientist who looked...
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Making Sense of Term Sheets

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  Making Sense of Term Sheets To successfully negotiate a term sheet, you need to know what the relevant terms mean and the potential pitfalls to avoid. Here are our top 10 tips to bear in mind when you are presented with an investor term sheet: Valuation Understand the difference between pre-money and post-money valuations. Let’s say you need to raise 250k and believe that the company should be valued at £1.5m: If £1.5m is a pre-money valuation, the calculation is £250,000/£1,750,000 x 100 = 14.29% equity to be offered; Whereas if £1.5m is a post-money valuation, the calculation is...
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