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Any business should stay ahead of emerging trends and different ways businesses can fall foul of those using new technology. This is particularly true when those different methods allow disgruntled customers easy access to a platform to vent their gripes – electronically! This course explains the how, what, why and when.

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  • Format: Bespoke training
  • CPD: 1 hours for your records (depending on your requirements)
  • Certificate of completion


Harry and Meghan are still today’s news. They clearly value their privacy, even to the extent of bringing a court case to protect Meghan’s rights in a private letter she wrote to her father. But what rights are there in such letters? What can anyone do with a letter which comes into their possession? From angry customers using emails sent to them by a company to private correspondence which falls into the hands of a newspaper or even a home blogger with a twitter account, this session examines the legal rights and implications of all these things.

Benefits of this session

  • Learn about the things people most misunderstand about use of correspondence and privacy.
  • Understand how the technology and the law applicable to it affects your business
  • Get-to-grips with some of nuances of the technology and the law that affects it
  • Consider how knowing the parameters and limits of the law may be useful to you and the business you work for
  • Get up-to-date with an in-depth knowledge of the latest issues
  • Understand the pitfalls – and how to avoid them

Who is this programme for?

This programme has been specifically designed for those who deal with business in any way:

  • In-house lawyers
  • Private practice lawyers
  • Compliance officers
  • Company secretaries
  • Board members
  • HR professionals
  • Marketing professionals
  • Anyone with an interest in new ways of doing business and/or new technologies

Topics covered:

  • Megan, Harry and a right royal bust-up
  • HRH Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers
  • GDPR claims
  • Human rights claims
  • Copyright claims
  • CDPA 1988 s.175 – publication issues
  • Questions

Mark Weston

Mark Weston is a Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP where he is Head of Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Commercial. His practice covers all areas of commercial law and he has a wealth of industry experience having worked in-house at Hewlett Packard. He regularly appears on BBC1 and Sky News as a legal commentator.

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We don't have any currently scheduled dates for this course but we can customise it to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

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