Leeds Breakfast Networking Event | January 19th 2017

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The Yorkshire Enterprise Network (YEN) have announced their first business networking event of 2017. The session will be hosted by YEN strategic partners Irwin Mitchell, who will hold the event at their Leeds office on Wellington Place. The event will be free to attend and take place on Thursday 19th January from 8:30am.

Event Title: Protecting your business: the Brand, People and Data

Irwin Mitchell's specialist lawyers will present an informative and interactive session on Protecting your Business: your Brand, People and Data.

What Intellectual Property is and why it is a valuable asset to your business, how you can better protect and maximise the benefit of it and how to identify any risks.

We will highlight some of the common HR issues which commonly expose businesses to Tribunal claims and unexpected employee costs as well as some of the key updates on employment law. We will give practical suggestions for reducing risk whilst ensuring effective outcomes.

The Data Protection regime is about to be completely overhauled via a European regulation. This will impact on all businesses which use/access/store personal data. We will look at key issues arising from the legislation such as the need for increased transparency, the percentage of turnover fines, compulsory data breach notification and the right to be forgotten. We will look at these from a practical point of view such as what privacy policies and fair processing notices need to look like under the new legislation and consider what the impact of Brexit will be. We will also discuss recent guidance from the ICO and the approach of the UK Courts.

There is an NCP car park with over 500 spaces opposite the Irwin Mitchell offices on Wellington Place. There are also other Leeds City Council car parks available within a five minute walk.

The event will start at 8:30am with breakfast, before the speakers and Q&A session at 9:00am. This will be followed by a session of networking until 11:00am.

Jenny Arrowsmith

Associate – Employment

Jenny has extensive experience advising employers of all sizes and across many diverse sectors, she provides strategic HR and employment law advice to clients on all aspects of employment issues including large scale redundancy and restructuring programmes, complex disciplinary and grievance issues, absence and performance management, contractual changes, discrimination, TUPE and restrictive covenants. She is experienced in dealing with multi party cases including those on holiday pay, currently responding on over 200 claims relating to holiday overtime payments.

She is adept at explaining legal issues to managers at all levels and always ensures that a clear, practical outcome is identified for the client. She is solutions focussed and commercial in the advice she gives.

Jenny regularly presents and leads seminars and workshops for clients and third parties and hosts breakfast workshops for senior HR managers on strategic employment law issues.

Joanne Bone

Partner – Commercial

Joanne advises on all aspects of IT contracting but has a particular specialism in regulatory and compliance issues relating to data protection.

Her data protection work involves carrying out data protection audits, building compliance programmes and drafting agreements to ensure compliance with the regulatory regime, including ensuring the compliant export of personal data. She also advises on how to deal with the more complex subject access requests and how best to deal with an ICO complaint and data breach issues .

She is regularly asked to speak on the topic of data protection and last year spoke at the Data IQ Trust Tour on the topic of the new General Data Protection Regulation. She was a panel member at the Collections, Debt Sale & Purchase Conference 2015 alongside the Information Commissioner’s Office which was organised by Credit Today. She was a key note speaker at the Central Law Training (CLT) Conference for in-house lawyers in Manchester and was a panellist at the Terradata (global big data and analytics company serving most of the UK’s biggest high street stores and banks) round table looking at the data protection implications of the Internet of Things.

Emma Yates

Associate – Intellectual Property

Emma has considerable experience in many areas of commercial litigation, but has a particular focus on intellectual property litigation. In addition to her expertise in intellectual property, Emma has specific experience in defamation law and also advises clients on commercial contract disputes, minority shareholder disputes and warranty claims.

At Emma’s previous firm she acted for a composer in relation to a copyright infringement claim against global rap artist Jay Z and has since acted for high profile clients such as Timmy Mallet and Paragon Finance Plc. Emma is one to watch in the contentious IP arena as she continues to act for Plcs and international companies such as Team 17 Software Limited.


Thursday 19th January 2017

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08:30am - 11:00am


Irwin Mitchell Leeds Office,
2 Wellington Place,
Leeds, LS1 4BZ

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