In-house news vlog: key highlights – April 2015

In-house news vlog: key highlights – April 2015


April newscast, click link below to view.

Hear 12 legal news stories in less than 11 minutes.

Or if you're really short on time, this version has the top 8 stories in 8 minutes.

This month we cover corporate and commercial, data security, advertising & marketing, employment and competition news.

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Here are some of this month's highlights...

Key highlight 1 (tune in from 00:20)

Commercial news: earlier this month, court fees increased for money claims exceeding £10,000. The new fee will be 5% of the value of the claim capped at a maximum fee of £10,000.

Key highlight 2 (tune in from 03:30)

Marketing & Advertising: the Advertising Standards Authority ASA has published a list of the top ten most complained about advertisements. The ASA says that the fact that the three most complained about advertisements ever have appeared in 2014 reflects the rise of social media, which has allowed members of the public to voice and co-ordinate their concerns about advertisements.

For more information on advertising regulation, see our risk management guide Practice Note: In-house lawyers: risk management: advertising law compliance

Key highlight 3 (tune in from 07:25)

Employment: it’s not unusual for companies to want to restrict existing generous benefits and particularly defined benefit pension schemes.  If your business wishes to cut back on what it offers to staff, it will make sense to first read about the recent IBM case.

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About the author:
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.