Seminars

BInformed Spring Seminar Programme 2017

Our seminar programme, alongside the rest of BInformed, reflects our commitment to free knowledge-sharing with our clients and contacts. This spring lawyers from across the firm, alongside some guest speakers, will be leading sessions designed to provide relevant, commercially-focused and practical advice for individuals and businesses operating in sectors as diverse as oil & gas, food & drink, construction & engineering, real estate, financial services and local government.

With attention firmly focused on Brexit, current market conditions and the ever-changing legal landscape, the wide variety of hot topics that will be discussed include the potential impact of Brexit on the status of EU workers in the UK; Aberdeen City Council’s innovative bond issue and whether it could provide a model for other public bodies; an update on the General Data Protection Regulation, which will introduce stringent rules on how personal data is managed by organisations; safeguarding intellectual property rights in the food & drink sector, the status of workers in the ‘gig’ economy; and family law issues relevant to ‘blended’ families.

Please download our brochure here to view our full programme of seminars, and sign up below!

Please continue to use our hashtag #BInformed to send us topic suggestions for the next programme, and to give us your thoughts and feedback.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at seminars@brodies.com

We look forward to seeing you!

Brexit: Scotland’s Constitutional Future

When:
Wednesday 29 March 2017
Time:
08:00 - 09:30
Where:
Glasgow
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Brodies LLP and The Sunday Times Scotland are delighted to invite you to attend the first in our series of ‘hot topic’ Brexit Breakfasts featuring senior political figures, business leaders and academics. 

Brexit: Scotland’s Constitutional Future will be hosted at Brodies’ office at 110 Queen Street, Glasgow G1 3BX on Wednesday 29 March from 8.00am. 

Chaired by John Boothman, Political Correspondent, The Sunday Times Scotland, the panel will comprise:

How stringent new data protection rules will affect your organisation

When:
Wednesday 19 April 2017
Time:
08:00 - 09:30
Where:
Aberdeen
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New data protection laws are due to come into force next year. These changes could significantly affect many businesses. Our team of experts will provide an update on the recent developments in relation to data protection law, including an update on the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This seminar will:

Non-standard dismissals - the holy grail of SOSR

When:
Thursday 20 April 2017
Time:
08:00 - 09:30
Where:
Aberdeen
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‘Some other substantial reason’. It’s the last in the list of potentially fair reasons for dismissal in the Employment Rights Act – and it’s the catch-all term covering all other significant and serious reasons for termination.

In this seminar we are going to:

• demystify the SOSR dismissal; and
• work through the scenarios in which dismissal has been found fair outside of the usual grounds of conduct, capability and redundancy.

How stringent data protection rules will affect your organisation

When:
Thursday 20 April 2017
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Where:
Glasgow
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New data protection laws are due to come into force next year. These changes could significantly affect many businesses. Our team of experts will provide an update on the recent developments in relation to data protection law, including an update on the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This seminar will:

Warranty claims - the issues

When:
Tuesday 25 April 2017
Time:
17:00 - 18:30
Where:
Aberdeen
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Once a company is sold and the honeymoon period is over, the purchaser might be less than happy with what he’s bought and decide to bring a warranty claim. These claims can be high value, complicated and stressful for all concerned (particularly when the seller retains an involvement in the business). This seminar will examine the role that warranties and indemnities can play in the sale and purchase of a company.

In particular we will examine:

Non-standard dismissals - the holy grail of SOSR

When:
Wednesday 26 April 2017
Time:
08:30 - 10:00
Where:
Glasgow
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‘Some other substantial reason’. It’s the last in the list of potentially fair reasons for dismissal in the Employment Rights Act – and it’s the catch-all term covering all other significant and serious reasons for termination.

In this seminar we are going to:

Being a witness - demystifying the court process

When:
Wednesday 26 April 2017
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Where:
Edinburgh
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Being involved in a court case can be a confusing and unnerving experience, particularly if you have to give evidence as a witness for the first time. The aim of this interactive seminar is to help anyone who may be asked to give evidence in court to better understand the process. It will also give in-house legal advisers an insight into how their external litigation team can help colleagues in preparing to give evidence at a court hearing.

Financing innovation - delivering the Aberdeen city bond issue

When:
Thursday 27 April 2017
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Where:
Glasgow
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Aberdeen City Council recently became the first UK local authority to raise a major listed and rated bond issue to finance its capital investment programme. Brodies handled all of the legal work needed to deliver this £370million fundraising during the autumn of 2016.

Join us to hear about:

The ever-changing construction market - what you need to know

When:
Tuesday 2 May 2017
Time:
08:30 - 12:00
Where:
Aberdeen
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This half-day seminar will look at the current issues affecting the construction industry, and how they can be managed to limit the risk to your business.

If you are looking for practical advice on procuring and managing your contracts and knowledge of topical issues from other associated specialisms, sign up now for what promises to be an interesting and informative session.

A full agenda will be published shortly. 

The ‘gig economy’ - are you prepared?

When:
Tuesday 2 May 2017
Time:
08:30 - 10:00
Where:
Glasgow
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2017 looks like it will be a year in which the status of those engaged by our organisations will be a hot topic for HR professionals. Worker status (with its consequent rights to the national minimum wage and holiday pay) is worth fighting for and Uber drivers, cycle couriers and plumbers are the latest to succeed in bringing cases to employment tribunals. Now is the time to review your own organisation's contracting arrangements, and this seminar will keep you up to speed with all of the latest developments including:

Contracting compass - indemnities: balancing commerciality and risk

When:
Wednesday 3 May 2017
Time:
08:00 - 09:30
Where:
Aberdeen
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The oil and gas industry operates within a high risk, high cost environment making indemnity regimes core to every oil and gas contract. Agreeing how to allocate risk between the parties can be a challenge so it is essential that you understand the risks, what the words mean and how to properly draft and construct an indemnity article.

This seminar will take a practical approach on how to navigate the complex contractual landscape without getting lost in the language. We will:

The ‘gig economy’ - are you prepared?

When:
Wednesday 3 May 2017
Time:
08:30 - 10:00
Where:
Edinburgh
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2017 looks like it will be a year in which the status of those engaged by our organisations will be a hot topic for HR professionals. Worker status (with its consequent rights to the national minimum wage and holiday pay) is worth fighting for and Uber drivers, cycle couriers and plumbers are the latest to succeed in bringing cases to employment tribunals. Now is the time to review your own organisation's contracting arrangements, and this seminar will keep you up to speed with all of the latest developments including:

Being a witness - demystifying the court process

When:
Wednesday 3 May 2017
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Where:
Glasgow
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Being involved in a court case can be a confusing and unnerving experience, particularly if you have to give evidence as a witness for the first time. The aim of this interactive seminar is to help anyone who may be asked to give evidence in court to better understand the process. It will also give in-house legal advisers an insight into how their external litigation team can help colleagues in preparing to give evidence at a court hearing.

IP - contracts to safeguard your rights and keep you out of trouble

When:
Wednesday 3 May 2017
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Where:
Edinburgh
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Is your intellectual property protected? And are you certain that you are not infringing on someone else’s? Is it time to dust off / clear out last season’s IP clauses and embrace the new? This seminar provides a chance to refresh and update your knowledge on how best to safeguard your intellectual property rights (IPR) under contract and avoid liability for infringing the IPRs of others.

We’ll cover off all aspects of contracts relating to IP including:

Commercial law update - recent trends and issues

When:
Thursday 4 May 2017
Time:
08:00 - 09:30
Where:
Aberdeen
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Brodies’ commercial services division is a market-leading practice that supports the commercial activities of organisations across all industry sectors. The division comprises some of the country's leading commercial contract experts working alongside specialists in other commercially focused areas – including IP, technology & outsourcing, procurement, corporate tax, employment, employee benefits and pensions.

Blended families

When:
Tuesday 9 May 2017
Time:
08:00 - 09:30
Where:
Aberdeen
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It is becoming increasingly common to be part of what is often referred to as a ‘blended’ family. Couples may have children from previous marriages as well as children together. They may choose to live together and not marry, or to remarry. Through the use of practical case studies, this seminar helps guide clients and their advisors through some potentially difficult issues to resolve.

The seminar will cover aspects such as:

Warranty claims - the issues

When:
Tuesday 9 May 2017
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Where:
Glasgow
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Once a company is sold and the honeymoon period is over, the purchaser might be less than happy with what he’s bought and decide to bring a warranty claim. These claims can be high value, complicated and stressful for all concerned (particularly when the seller retains an involvement in the business). This seminar will examine the role that warranties and indemnities can play in the sale and purchase of a company.

In particular we will examine:

Financing innovation - delivering the Aberdeen city bond issue

When:
Tuesday 9 May 2017
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Where:
Edinburgh
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Aberdeen City Council recently became the first UK local authority to raise a major listed and rated bond issue to finance its capital investment programme. Brodies handled all of the legal work needed to deliver this £370million fundraising during the autumn of 2016.

Join us to hear about:

The ‘gig economy’ - are you prepared?

When:
Wednesday 10 May 2017
Time:
08:00 - 09:30
Where:
Aberdeen
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2017 looks like it will be a year in which the status of those engaged by our organisations will be a hot topic for HR professionals. Worker status (with its consequent rights to the national minimum wage and holiday pay) is worth fighting for and Uber drivers, cycle couriers and plumbers are the latest to succeed in bringing cases to employment tribunals. Now is the time to review your own organisation's contracting arrangements, and this seminar will keep you up to speed with all of the latest developments including:

The ever-changing construction market - what you need to know

When:
Wednesday 10 May 2017
Time:
08:30 - 12:00
Where:
Glasgow
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This half-day seminar will look at the current issues affecting the construction industry, and how they can be managed to limit the risk to your business.

If you are looking for practical advice on procuring and managing your contracts and knowledge of topical issues from other associated specialisms, sign up now for what promises to be an interesting and informative session.

Warranty claims - the issues

When:
Wednesday 10 May 2017
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Where:
Edinburgh
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Once a company is sold and the honeymoon period is over, the purchaser might be less than happy with what he’s bought and decide to bring a warranty claim. These claims can be high value, complicated and stressful for all concerned (particularly when the seller retains an involvement in the business). This seminar will examine the role that warranties and indemnities can play in the sale and purchase of a company.

In particular we will examine:

Student accommodation - a real estate perspective

When:
Thursday 11 May 2017
Time:
08:30 - 10:00
Where:
Glasgow
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The student accommodation sector is booming in Scotland. With over 14,500 student beds in Glasgow alone and more being invested in and evolved across Scotland, this seminar will look at how the sector has developed, the current trends, and what the future could hold for student accommodation.

This seminar will:

IP - contracts to safeguard your rights and keep you out of trouble

When:
Thursday 11 May 2017
Time:
12:30 - 14:00
Where:
Glasgow
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Is your intellectual property protected? And are you certain that you are not infringing on someone else’s? Is it time to dust off / clear out last season’s IP clauses and embrace the new? This seminar provides a chance to refresh and update your knowledge on how best to safeguard your intellectual property rights (IPR) under contract and avoid liability for infringing the IPRs of others.

We’ll cover off all aspects of contracts relating to IP including:

Blended families

When:
Thursday 11 May 2017
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Where:
Glasgow
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It is becoming increasingly common to be part of what is often referred to as a ‘blended’ family. Couples may have children from previous marriages as well as children together. They may choose to live together and not marry, or to remarry. Through the use of practical case studies, this seminar helps guide clients and their advisors through some potentially difficult issues to resolve.

The seminar will cover aspects such as:

Commercial law update - recent trends and issues

When:
Tuesday 16 May 2017
Time:
12:30 - 14:00
Where:
Glasgow
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Brodies’ commercial services division is a market-leading practice that supports the commercial activities of organisations across all industry sectors. The division comprises some of the country's leading commercial contract experts working alongside specialists in other commercially focused areas – including IP, technology & outsourcing, procurement, corporate tax, employment, employee benefits and pensions.

Hotels and tourism - challenges and opportunities

When:
Tuesday 16 May 2017
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Where:
Edinburgh
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A panel discussion on the current challenges and opportunities facing the hotel sector in Scotland and how businesses can stay ahead of the game.

We will look at issues including:

• Brexit and the possibility of ‘Indy Ref 2’;
• disrupters and new offerings in the market;
• different operating models; and
• the impact of business rates revaluation and other proposed regulatory changes affecting the sector.

 

The ever-changing construction market - what you need to know

When:
Wednesday 17 May 2017
Time:
08:30 - 12:00
Where:
Edinburgh
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This half-day seminar will look at the current issues affecting the construction industry, and how they can be managed to limit the risk to your business.

If you are looking for practical advice on procuring and managing your contracts and knowledge of topical issues from other associated specialisms, sign up now for what promises to be an interesting and informative session.

Charities, fundraising and the legal landscape - from governance and data to funding and the regulators

When:
Wednesday 17 May 2017
Time:
08:30 - 10:00
Where:
Glasgow
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Scotland has a new framework for responsible third sector fundraising. The rules and expectations underpinning fundraising and funding engage a range of legal requirements, with the Information Commissioner in particular taking a close look at how the third sector handles personal data. In addition, there are increasing funding opportunities that can be supported by good governance and effective legals.

This seminar will bring delegates up to date with the key parts of the legal and governance landscape, such as:

2017 charity law update

When:
Thursday 18 May 2017
Time:
08:00 - 09:30
Where:
Aberdeen
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This seminar will cover some of the key legal issues that charities should be considering to support robust governance and underpin effective operations and activities.

This seminar will look in particular at:

Being a witness - demystifying the court process

When:
Thursday 18 May 2017
Time:
17:00 - 18:30
Where:
Aberdeen
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Being involved in a court case can be a confusing and unnerving experience, particularly if you have to give evidence as a witness for the first time. The aim of this interactive seminar is to help anyone who may be asked to give evidence in court to better understand the process. It will also give in-house legal advisers an insight into how their external litigation team can help colleagues in preparing to give evidence at a court hearing.

Health and safety - protecting you/your business after a major incident

When:
Thursday 18 May 2017
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Where:
Glasgow
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Prosecutions and fines for health and safety breaches are rising. So what can you do to minimise the impact on your business after a major incident?

In this seminar we will:

• provide an update on prosecution trends;
• demystify the investigation and prosecution process;
• explain what you need to consider pre- and post-event; and
• give you guidance on how to manage the situation.

 

Non-standard dismissals - the holy grail of SOSR

When:
Tuesday 23 May 2017
Time:
08:30 - 10:00
Where:
Edinburgh
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‘Some other substantial reason’. It’s the last in the list of potentially fair reasons for dismissal in the Employment Rights Act – and it’s the catch-all term covering all other significant and serious reasons for termination.

In this seminar we are going to:

Financing innovation - delivering the Aberdeen city bond issue

When:
Tuesday 23 May 2017
Time:
17:00 - 18:30
Where:
Aberdeen
Add to Basket

Aberdeen City Council recently became the first UK local authority to raise a major listed and rated bond issue to finance its capital investment programme. Brodies handled all of the legal work needed to deliver this £370million fundraising during the autumn of 2016.

Join us to hear about:

Commercial law update - recent trends and issues

When:
Wednesday 24 May 2017
Time:
08:30 - 10:00
Where:
Edinburgh
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Brodies’ commercial services division is a market-leading practice that supports the commercial activities of organisations across all industry sectors. The division comprises some of the country's leading commercial contract experts working alongside specialists in other commercially focused areas – including IP, technology & outsourcing, procurement, corporate tax, employment, employee benefits and pensions.

Contributory negligence - have we been too pessimistic?

When:
Wednesday 24 May 2017
Time:
12:30 - 14:00
Where:
Glasgow
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When defending employers’ liability claims we often assume that we won’t secure a substantial discount for contributory negligence; especially when the employer is significantly at fault. However, the authorities from the last 20 years suggest that the courts take a different view. Following the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (ERRA) 2014, it might now be even easier to convince the court that a claim should be substantially discounted. Should we seize the moment and take a more robust approach?

This seminar will:

Food and drink - the legal recipe to protect your business

When:
Tuesday 30 May 2017
Time:
12:30 - 14:00
Where:
Glasgow
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Scotland has a booming food and drink sector that is set on a growth trajectory. The sector's growth is underpinned by many individual businesses whose success will be closely related to their branding, IP and compliance strategy. It is easy to get caught out by failing to protect such IP assets or by falling foul of third party rights or the regulators. There are also changes on the way as a result of Brexit...

This seminar will cover:

Blended families

When:
Thursday 8 June 2017
Time:
17:30 - 19:00
Where:
Edinburgh
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It is becoming increasingly common to be part of what is often referred to as a ‘blended’ family. Couples may have children from previous marriages as well as children together. They may choose to live together and not marry, or to remarry. Through the use of practical case studies, this seminar helps guide clients and their advisors through some potentially difficult issues to resolve.

The seminar will cover aspects such as:

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