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About Edmund Probert

Edmund trained with what is now Jones Day, in London. Over the last 15 years Edmund has worked exclusively in the technology and IP areas. His recent work has included work on significant outsourcing contracts, patent licensing, software licensing and distribution. His previous corporate experience means he can provide a broad spectrum of guidance to technology companies. His experience includes designing software and founding an IT industry pressure group.

BREXIT thoughts

I our last issue I promised the start of a guide to some of the implications of Brexit.  It seems increasingly likely that there will not be a ‘hard’ Brexit and therefore most of the planning needs to be timed for 31 December 2020, when we will, under the draft agreement, leave the single market.

Of course, anything might happen, but what is the prudent advice with regard to the legal issues?  Whatever flavour of exit takes place, there will be some level of disruption to physical trade.  This may fall within force majeure and may excuse contractual performance of one of the parties in a supply chain. Force majeure can allow one party to escape from a contract when something unforeseen happens – usually events like strikes and floods. This could affect all of us.

Another area that will be affected is the ability of business to charge different prices in different markets.  This is currently outlawed across the EU, but once we have left, will mean that the UK price of goods or services could be entirely different to that charged in the EU.

The area close to our heart is trade marks and the loss of our right to act in Europe. This […]

By |January 29th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments|

Data Breach Reporting

We all now know there is a maximum time for reporting breaches of 72 hours.  However, it seems many have not decided what to do as a first step when there is a suspected breach.  Those who have had our advice on GDPR will have a procedure.  Nevertheless, the simple answer is to call us – we will answer whatever the time or day.  To quote a client, “I wish I had called you first – I will next time”.

By |January 29th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments|

Get ready for the General Data Protection Regulation

Probert Legal offers a clinic to help you prepare for this important new Regulation (see Press Release for more info) – coming into force in May 2018. The clinic lasts two hours and is in two parts:

A presentation: We have developed a Prezi presentation (no Powerpoint!) to guide you through the changes that you will need to make and to explain how the law is altering. The presentation will be freely available to you so that you can disseminate the learning to others in your organisation.

A planning session: In this second half we help you produce an outline of the work that needs to be done, and its phasing, so as to be ready for the GDPR in the Spring of 2018. This will include leaving you with explanatory documents and lists to smooth the path of compliance.

The cost: £250+ VAT.


By |January 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments|

What does Brexit mean for the EU General Data Protection Regulation?

The EU referendum results have taken most of us by  surprise and little thought had been given to the consequences of ‘Leave’. This is raising all kinds of questions and uncertainties right across the board. The focus in Data Protection has been for some time the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force in May 2018.

If Brexit does go ahead, can we ignore the GDPR and carry on with the Data Protection Act?  Almost certainly the answer is “No”.

There are two main reasons, only one of which has Europe at its heart.  Our Information Commissioners Office has for some time thought that there are numerous areas of the data protection legislation (such as consent) that need re-visiting.  They were fully behind the implementation of the GDPR and that has not changed.  A press release has already gone out, since the referendum, implying that the Commissioner will press the Government to implement the terms of the GDPR.

The second reason is simple.  Currently any EU based personal data can only be transferred easily either within the EU or to countries on a ‘white list’.  To get on the white list your legislation must offer equivalent protection to that given to data in the […]

By |June 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|