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BYOD Can Spell Trouble, Warns Dell

If you have a ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) policy at your firm, you should think carefully about the implications of such a policy for your data security. Computer giant Dell has recently issued a report claiming that more than half of all firms with a BYOD policy have suffered security breaches as a result. In January 2010, a Russell Group...

Grass-Free Beach Declared a Protected ‘Village Green’

The term ‘village green’ may conjure up to most people an image of a picturesque piece of open grass; however the Court of Appeal has ruled in an important test case that a beach can be regarded as a village green in the eyes of the law even though there is not a blade of grass in sight. The ruling opens the way for West Beach, at Newhaven, East Sussex, to...

Senior Judge Laments ‘Emasculation’ of Legal Aid

A senior judge has lamented the impact that the ‘emasculation’ of the legal aid budget is having on the administration of justice and expressed the view that any savings achieved by the Legal Services Commission could be outweighed by the increased cost of the judiciary having to deal with ever-increasing numbers of unqualified litigants appearing without...

‘Perverse’ Unfair Dismissal Finding Overturned

Where a laboratory worker employed in a safety-critical field frankly admitted falsifying records, his dismissal was fair and a finding to the contrary reached by the lay members of the Employment Tribunal (ET) was perverse, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled (SPS Technologies Limited v Chughtai). Mr Chughtai was engaged in testing equipment for SPS...

Marine Insurers Must Pay for Damaged Machines

Cracks discovered in giant waste recycling machines were probably caused in transit as they were transported along rough eastern European roads, the Court of Appeal has ruled in resolving a dispute between insurers over where financial liability for the damage should fall. Minute cracks were discovered in two water-cooled heat exchangers whilst they were being...