Virtuoso Legal Newsletter December/January 2017 – Time to Get Real About GDPR

Virtuoso Legal Newsletter

Virtuoso Legal Newsletter December/January, 2018


We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and have taken the bull, that is 2018, well and truly by the horns.

And a bull it very much is!

There are plenty of changes coming in this year, not least GDPR – which looks to profoundly disturb the proverbial “china shop” – for those who aren’t duly prepared.

As always, we’re happy to help you in whatever way we can to prevent any disasters (more on this after the jump).

This newsletter is also packed full of all of the latest and greatest updates from Virtuoso – covering December and January.

GDPR What Do You Actually Need to Do

Time to get real about GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR), comes into force on the 25th of May 2018.

GDPR is a significant and comprehensive overhaul of data protection, which places:

  • more power in the hands of people who have their data collected and processed
  • a lot more responsibility on businesses who collect and process data

GDPR is something that needs to be addressed by all businesses, big and small.

Proven failure to comply can result in fines of 4% of global yearly income or €20million (whichever is higher).

As a result, companies world-wide are doing what they can to understand and apply GDPR successfully within their business before the deadline.

Virtuoso Legal are no exception to this rule. We have been consuming as much guidance and education on the subject as we can muster.

However, we’ve found that much of the advice on offer today is still a bit “academic”. Whilst it is interesting, it doesn’t give you directly actionable points to undertake. (In fact, often you end up with more questions than answers!)

Being as action-oriented as we are, we decided a more assertive approach might be relevant to you.

For recipients of this newsletter, we’re offering 30-minute practical GDPR consultations* either by phone or Zoom – helping you to quickly:

  1. Understand where GDPR applies in your business, and;
  2. Identify the priority actions you need to undertake

If you are interested in this, send an email to Martin by clicking the link provided below – and we will be in touch to arrange a time to discuss.

*These appointments have proven to be very popular, and there are only a few left which will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.

Register Interest


December and January’s Updates and Blogs

Now that we’ve got that out of the way(!), here’s all of our recent updates and blogs.

5 Things to Look Out for in Intellectual Property in 2018

5 Things to Look Out for in Intellectual Property in 2018

You already know that GDPR is going to be a massive game-changer (if we haven’t made that clear enough already) – but that’s only the tip of 2018’s iceberg. To help you steer clear of rocky waters, the Virtuoso Legal team outline the main things to look out for in IP this year, and why.

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Liz Ward in Forbes Magazine: "Coty vs. Amazon"

I appear in Forbes Magazine: “Coty vs. Amazon”

Cosmetics giant Coty recently won a case against one of its sellers, as it sought to stop its products being sold on Amazon. This was seen as a victory for luxury brands, who have been frustrated with the online seller.

I was delighted to be asked to comment in this Forbes article covering the details of the judgement.

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Client Spotlight, Catherine Handcock: Creative HEAD Cover November 2017

Virtuoso Legal Client Spotlight: Catherine Handcock, Alfol

In the second in the series of our client spotlights, Dr. Martin spoke to Catherine Handcock from specialist publisher Alfol. Catherine’s company is the brains behind: CreativeHEAD, Layered and many other incredible events and publications for the UK’s top hairdressing talent. They discussed the problems Alfol faced, and how they were able to overcome them with a little help from their friends (us!)

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Build Your Brand

Build Your Brand “Be the first, be the best or be different…”

Loretta Lynn once said: “be the first, be the best, or be different”. It’s a mantra that really strikes a chord when it comes to the world of business – especially when prospects have hundreds of options at their fingertips. Dr. Martin explores how standing out from the crowd make all the difference in 2018.

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Intellectual Property Specialists: Detail Makes The Difference

Why Refer to IP Experts? 4 Times Detail Made the Difference in 2017

Intellectual property is a really unique area of law – in that from the outside it appears so simple; but in reality it’s technical and fast moving. When it comes to IP, detail makes the difference. In this post, Dr. Martin and Lauren Waterman review some of the big cases from 2018 that prove you need an expert.

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Virtuoso’s World of IP Round Up | December-January 2018

Finally, the world of IP has kept spinning outside of Virtuoso Legal with tonnes of intellectual property matters in the news. In this bumper edition of the World of IP Round Up, Amazon appear prominently; coinciding with their rise as the world’s most valuable brand and Jeff Bezos’ newly minted status as the world’s richest person. Truly, the link between IP and success grows ever more undeniable…

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Thanks. Dr. Martin!

Until next month!

That’s it for now!

As always, we love to hear from you. Feel free to call or email if you have any questions!

Remember to click above or get in touch if you want to talk GDPR with our team. We’d be delighted to help.

I’m more than happy to chat if you need help with anything.

You can call me on:

0113 237 9900

or email me at:

Look forward to hearing from you! Ta,

– Liz

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