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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

What Next For Safe Harbour?

Yesterday’s decision by the European Court of Justice ruled that the “safe harbour” scheme which permits transfers of personal information to US companies is invalid.

This means that, in the absence of any other steps, transfers of personal information across the Atlantic under the scheme are in breach of European data protection laws. This has pretty major implications for businesses, for the most part in the IT world who host personal data on computer servers in the US.

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Offshore Contracting’s Perfect Storm

Helen Dickson explains how the offshore contracting industry is being hit by a perfect storm of lower margins, higher risk and squeezed staff numbers.

What is the mood in the oil and gas contracting market?

It depends what part of the cycle a particular company is in. Those contractors providing services to producing installations are generally more positive. They can all still see a pipeline of work. Firms in the sub-sea construction and drilling sectors are more downbeat as there is clearly not as much new work coming on stream.

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Developing Trainees Is Crucial For The Future

A successful business puts a high value on recruiting, developing and retaining its trainees. It also listens to them.

It is very easy when you have been in a firm for a long time to think you have a monopoly on wisdom. New recruits are looking at a different world in a different way and it’s vital to harness their new ideas and fresh thinking.

When I was a legal trainee many years ago, the approach was very different. Trainees were often seen as photocopying fodder and kept busy running errands while the experienced lawyers did the “real” work.

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