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  • Salmonella infections return to pre-pandemic levels in England

    The number of Salmonella cases in England has returned to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels and 11 outbreaks were reported in 2022. Salmonella Enteritidis went back to being the most frequently reported serovar and Salmonella Typhimurium infections also increased, said the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). In 2022, there were 8,125 Salmonella cases in England, compared to...

  • SFO sets out its 5 year strategy: what does this mean for companies?

    The SFO has published its 5-year strategy document (the Strategy Document), highlighting a number of areas of focus, from international coordination with counterparts to capitalising on technology and incentivising their workforce. This follows Director of the SFO, Nick Ephgrave’s, speech in February 2024 setting out key priorities (see our recent Investigations and Enforcement horizon scanning...

  • FTSE 350: Snapshot of AGM Key Trends – 2024 Update

    We have gathered and examined data from AGM Notices published by FTSE 350 companies since January 2024. We have set out the approach companies have taken on a number of key aspects of their meetings, including where the meetings are being held, the arrangements made for Q&As and the varying levels of shareholder engagement being offered. We have also identified the categories of resolutions that received 20% or more dissenting votes at AGMs last year and show the trend this year to date.

  • Aggregation, Covid-19 and Hours Clauses (UK)

    In this recent United Kingdom Supreme Court judgment discussed here, in addition to considering the meaning of “catastrophe” in the context of the Covid-19 losses and the treaty wording, the application of the “hours clause” was also considered.  The reinsurers argued that even if there was a catastrophe only business interruption that had occurred in...

  • Aggregation, Covid-19 and Catastrophe (UK)

    This recent United Kingdom Supreme Court Judgment considered whether under the relevant reinsurance program Covid-19 losses all arose out of or were directly occasioned by one “catastrophe”.  If so, the losses could be aggregated so that the reinsurers would pay those claims under the relevant treaty terms.  The judgment contains an extensive review of historical...

  • A “special merger control regime” for Energy Network Enterprises

    What has changed? The Energy Act 2023 introduces a new UK merger control regime under which all mergers between energy network companies active in the UK can be assessed for their impact on Ofgem’s ability to make comparisons between energy networks. Transactions can be blocked/unwound where such impact is found to be prejudicial.

  • UK Litigation Funding post PACAR – Tying up Loose Ends

    Last year we discussed the impact of funding insolvency litigation following the Supreme Court decision in PACCAR where the court found that litigation funding agreements (LFAs) were damaged based agreements.  This meant that unless LFAs complied with the Damages Based Agreements Regulations 2013 (DBA Regulations), they were unenforceable.  Although concluding that the outcome of the...

  • ICO Publishes Biometric Data Guidance

    On 5 March 2024, the UK data protection regulator (ICO) published guidance on biometric recognition (the Guidance), following a consultation with stakeholders in October 2023. The Guidance clarifies the concept and properties of biometric data and provides practical considerations for organisations contemplating or using biometric recognition systems. Clarifying the concept of biometric data The Guidance elaborates on...

  • BoE speech – ‘Modernising the trains and rails of UK payments’

    On 15 April 2024, Sarah Breeden, Deputy Governor of Financial Stability at the Bank of England (BoE), delivered a speech explaining how the BoE seeks to deliver trust and support innovation, both as a provider and as a regulator of retail and wholesale money, against the backdrop of significant technological change in payments. In her...

  • UK ICO Launches Latest Installment in the AI Consultation Series

    On April 12, 2024, the UK Information Commissioner's Office launched the third installment in its consultation series examining how data protection law applies to the development and use of generative AI.

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