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James Froud

is a partner with Bird & Bird’s International HR Services Group, based in London. His experience of working in house gives him a strong understanding of the client perspective. James is a partner in Bird & Bird’s International HR Services Group, based in London. His practice is unusually diverse; he advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law at all stages in the employment cycle, supporting a broad range of clients including multi-national corporations, public sector bodies and also individuals. Much of his work is international from technology-rich sectors.

Recent Articles by James Froud

Trade Secrets Directive: Its effect and the impact of Brexit

If you ask ten different people, you will probably get ten different answers. In fact, fewer than half of the European Union’s 28 member states actually have a clear legal definition at all for a trade secret. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the ways in which trade secrets are defined and treated varies considerably between the EU’s member states. These inconsistencies make it tricky for companies to do business in the EU. Somewhat belatedly, the EU has recognized the problems posed and, in order to address them, it has taken the step of harmonizing and upgrading the existing legal landscape by passing the Trade Secrets Directive.