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Spring seminars

As part of Brodies’ spring seminar programme, we will be hosting two seminars involving Techbloggers:

  • Brand protection in the new internet landrush – this seminar will look at what you can do to protect your brand online – whether social media, web 2.0 or good old fashioned cybersquatting. The seminar will be hosted by IP experts Gill Grassie and Robert Buchan, with a guest speaker from domain management specialists, Demys
  • How insolvency can impact upon your brand and intellectual property rights – this seminar brings together our intellectual property and insolvency experts to talk about the importance of intellectual property rights and what can be done to protect and exploit these in the event of insolvency, and the impact of insolvency on licence agreements and commercial or supply contracts. The seminar will feature Gill Grassie and Robert Buchan and our insolvency lawyers Rachel Grant and Jonanna Clark.

The events are free and will be held at our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

For more details and information on how to register, please go to our Events Page.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Brodies Autumn seminar programme

As part of Brodies’ autumn 2012 seminar programme, we are running a series of free seminars at our offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow:

  • Your Intellectual Property, your views – what did the survey say? – Gill Grassie and Robert Buchan will highlight the key findings from our recent survey on how businesses protect and value their intellectual assets, and discuss what IP lessons and opportunities they reveal for businesses – could you be making more of your IP? Are you exposing yourself to unnecessary risk?
  • Bring Your Own Device – Managing business risks in the iPhone era – Grant Campbell, Martin Sloan and employment lawyer Andrew McConnell will look at the legal issues surrounding BYOD adoption, and provide some practical guidance on how organisations can manage the data security and employment law risks.

For more information and to find out how to register, please visit our Events page. If you’d like to see the whole seminar programme then head over to the Seminars page on the main Brodies website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Techblogger seminar on cookies law and usability

So, in advance of the expiry tomorrow of the ICO’s one year grace period for complying with the new cookies law, you’ve carried out your website audit and privacy impact assessment, identified the most appropriate way to obtain consent from users, and have implemented (or in the process of implementing) the necessary changes to your website.*

But did you think about usability and accessibility when developing your solution? Will it work on a mobile device? What about different browsers? How does it impact upon the customer journey? Might it put people off using your website? Will a visually impaired user be able to use it? Might your solution have unwittingly have put you in breach of your obligations under the Equality Act?

To help answer some of these questions, or at least set the background to facilitate a discussion amongst those that might have the answers, I’ve been invited by the Scottish chapter of the Usability Professionals Association to host a seminar on the new cookies law. For those of you that attended the User Vision seminars earlier this month, this seminar will provide a similar overview of the law, but will also look at the obligations of service providers under the Equality Act, and then go on to look at some of the solutions being adopted from a usability perspective, and question whether there is a better way of doing things.

Event details
The event takes place on Tuesday 12 June.

To find out more information and to register, follow this link to the SUPA website. The event is open to non-members as well as members, so if you are interested in learning about the usability issues, or want to share a cookies solution that you think ticks the usability boxes do come along.

Hope to see you there!

*If you’ve yet to start then I’d recommend reading our quick guide (PDF) to compliance with the new cookies law and our cookies law resources page.

Techblogger seminar on the new cookies law

I’m taking part in a breakfast seminar next week, hosted by Edinburgh based usability consultants User Vision, on the new cookies law.

I’m sharing a platform with Andrew Hood, managing director of web analytics company, Lynchpin Analyytics, and our host, Chris Rourke, managing director of User Vision.

The seminar is proving so popular that we’ve decided to run it again the following week on Tuesday 15 May. If you’d like to come along then follow this link to book. The seminar is free, and will look at the legal, technical and usability issues arising out of the new laws.

The first seminar sold out in less than three hours (so quickly that I didn’t even get a chance to plug it on this blog), so if you are interested then you’d better sign up quickly!

Is your business aware of competition law and the risks of non-compliance?

Would you like to meet with our competition law team free of charge for up to two hours to discuss your business and what you should do to comply?

Competition law should be a key priority for all businesses whatever their size or the nature of their activities, given the potential administrative and criminal sanctions for competition law breaches. Corporate governance standards, business profitability and local and international reputation can all be put at risk by an infringement of competition law. Breaches can also result in huge fines of up to 10% of global turnover, director disqualification for up to 15 years, prison sentences of up to five years and civil damages claims.

To find out more, follow this link .

Alternatively, you can jump straight to our questionnaire, to help establish whether your business is currently aware of its competition law obligations.

If you would like to speak with our competition law team then please contact Mark Clough or your usual TIO Group contact.

Free seminar on intellectual property strategies

As part of Brodies’ spring seminar series, we will be holding a series of free seminars in our Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen offices on strategies to best exploit and protect an organisation’s intellectual property assets.

The seminar will also introduce delegates to our new intellectual property audit toolkit, which can help to assist organisations in identifying its intellectual assets, and developing strategies.

For more information, see the TIO Events page.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Brodies employment law blog launched

Our colleagues in Brodies’ top-rated employment and pensions practice have joined us in the blogosphere by launching an online forum for updates and comment from the team on topical employment law matters.

Recent updates include a summary of all the employment law changes that come into force in April (as part of the Government’s program of trying to consolidate business regulation to twice yearly updates), and a reminder of recent changes to the laws governing the use of agency staff.

As with Techblog, you can also follow the blog through WordPress, by subscribing for email updates, or by adding the RSS feed to your RSS reader or iGoogle page.

You can access the blog by following this link.

Autumn seminar programme

Members of Brodies Technology, Information and Outsourcing Group are hosting a number of seminars as part of Brodies’ autumn seminar programme. The seminars are free to attend and cover a range of issues.

Here is a taster of what is on offer:

  • Facing up to the Facebook phenomenon – an employer’s guide to managing the risks
  • Information security – how safe is your business?
  • Structural reforms to the UK banking sector
  • Electronic money
  • Protecting the brand – trade mark registration and enforcement

If you would like to find out more or book a place, then please visit our events page. For details on the full seminar programme, please visit the seminars section on the Brodies website.

We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Seminars involving Techbloggers

There are a few seminars coming up where our Techbloggers are speaking.

First on Thursday 5th May John McGonagle and Iain Rutherford are presenting a seminar called “Contract clauses guaranteed to get you into trouble…and how to fix them”, The seminar is in Brodies’ offices in Glasgow, with breakfast from 0830 and the seminar properly kicking off at 0900. 

There are still places available.

You can use this link to register for this seminar, and the others seminars mentioned below.

All the seminars are free to attend.

John and Iain are re-running the seminar in Edinburgh on Thursday 12th May (same times).

Finally Iain is doing a separate seminar with Cambell Newall, Trade Mark Agent of Marks and Clerk and Robin Gribbon, Forensic Accountant, HW Forensic.  This seminar in called ” Protecting the brand – Trademark registration and enforcement”. It’s in Edinburgh on Wednesday 11th May starting at 1730 and running to 1900.

Hope to see you there.

Delivering public services – What’s right for Scotland? Brodies’ Conference 3rd November 2010 in Stirling

Brodies is holding a free half-day conference “Delivering public services – What’s right for Scotland?” on Wednesday 3rd November in Stirling.

Earlier this year we commissioned a major survey of local authority Chief Executives and Chief Finance Officers which provides a fascinating insight into how Scottish Councils might respond to budget constraints by embracing new models for service delivery.

The results of the survey will feed into the central themes of what promises to be a lively discussion:

  1. To what extent can shared services (in their various formats), outsourcing and even off-shoring reduce the cost of public sector services in Scotland?
  2. Is it time for a radical shake up? Can Scotland learn from models used elsewhere in the UK?

Our panel of speakers includes:

  • Jonathan Pryce, Director for Improving Public Services, Scottish Government
  • George Black, Chief Executive, Glasgow City Council
  • Dave Watson LLB, Unison
  • Brian Devlin, Business Director, AMEY
  • Douglas Mathie, Partner, Transformation & Shared Services Group, Brodies LLP

Following the presentations there will be a debate chaired by Jackie McGuire Head of our Transformation and Shared Services Group.

The event starts at 0830 with breakfast and finishes at 1300 with a buffet lunch.

The event is at the Barcelo hotel in Stirling (near the railway station). 

If you want to attend then click the Accept button below.


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