In-house news vlog: Clarification on the Modern Slavery Act 2015 - December 2015

In-house news vlog: Clarification on the Modern Slavery Act 2015 - December 2015

View our December new stories, which focus on data security, employment, intellectual property and competition. There are also some particularly important stories that you should be aware of, revolving around:

Corporate & Commercial: Penalty Charges and Restrictive Covenants

We last reported on the Beavis case in June this year. As you may recall, this case concerned an £85 fine for overstaying the permitted time in a car-park.  Beavis had argued that the fine was a penalty charge and therefore unenforceable. The Court, however, looked back to the precedent that was set in the 1915 Dunlop case which stated that the fine would need to be extravagant or unconscionable to be unenforceable and that was not the case here. Find out more when you tune in from 0:40.

Corporate & Commercial: Legal Advice Privilege

The High Court has clarified the principles of the legal advice privilege in Property Alliance Group v The Royal Bank of Scotland [2015]. See the precise details when you watch from 2:38.

Bribery & Corruption: The Modern Slavery Act 2015

We have previously reported that the Modern Slavery Act requires businesses with a turnover of at least £36m to produce slavery and human trafficking statements. On 29 October 2015 guidance was published to clarify what the Government is expecting to see in these statements. Tune in from 12:00 to learn more.

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Iain founded Radius Law in September 2013 which has been designed to meet the exacting standards that Iain had of his law firms during his time as an in-house counsel.

 

Iain’s in-house career spans 14 years with the 7 years from 2006 to 2013 being the General Counsel and Chief Compliance officer for the Mercedes-Benz UK Group. In this role he led a team of 18 staff.
Iain has previously been recognised in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report as a thought leader in legal management. He has spoken regularly and had published articles particularly on how to measure legal value.

Aside from legal management, Iain has significant expertise in regulatory work, particularly competition law and anti-bribery. Iain has led the implementation of large scale compliance programmes and also managed regulatory investigations.

Outside of the day job Iain has a passion for community projects and has been a non-executive director of a housing association and also established a debt advice centre. This social conscious approach continues in Radius Law with a bold commitment to pay 10% of profits to charity.