Publisher:
LexBlog
Publication date:
2019-10-04

Latest documents

  • RDP periods in the UK after Brexit

    On 20 October 2020, “The Human Medicines (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020” Bill was laid before the UK Parliament (the 2020 Bill). The Bill proposes amendments to various Statutory Instruments that were drafted in 2019 (the 2019 SIs) in anticipation of a “no-deal” Brexit. The 2019 SIs sought to enable the pharmaceutical regime in...

  • Cleary Gottlieb Discusses UK Supreme Court Decision on Law Governing Arbitration Agreement

    In an important decision for arbitration users, the U.K. Supreme Court has clarified how English law will determine the governing law of an arbitration agreement which provides for an English seat in the absence of an express choice of law.  In its 9 October 2020 decision in Enka Insaat Ve Sanayi AS v OOO “Insurance...

  • ICE Benchmark Administration and UK FCA Announce LIBOR Endgame Consultations

    On November 18, 2020, the LIBOR administrator ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA) announced that they will consult on their intention to cease publication of GBP, EUR, CHF and JPY LIBOR settings across all tenors. Their announcement also indicated that IBA remain in talks with the FCA, other official sector bodies and panel banks regarding the future...

  • CMA Moves to Investigate ‘Green’ Claims

    On 2 November 2020, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it will be investigating descriptions and labels used to promote products and services claiming to be ‘eco-friendly’ and whether they could mislead consumers. The concern for the CMA is that an increase in demand for sustainability could lead to businesses making misleading,...

  • The UK’s 10-point Green Industrial Revolution Plan

    With the UK due to host the COP 26 climate summit in a year’s time, the UK Government is keen to set out its credentials as a global ‘green‘ leader and demonstrate not only that it can make good on its election promise to level up (with much of the promised Green Industrial Revolution investment...

  • UK Announces New National Security and Investment (NSI) Regime

    On November 11, 2020, the UK government announced a new NSI regime. Under the new regime, certain direct foreign investments in the UK will require mandatory notification to, and prior approval by, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) before completion. In addition, BEIS will be able to “call in” retroactively deals (within...

  • Reverse solicitation – some thoughts

    At the end of the transition period UK investment firms will lose the right to passport their investment services in the EEA, EEA investment firms will also lose the right to passport their investment services into the UK.  With the increasing possibility that the transition period will end without a free trade agreement and mutual...

  • NCA publishes 2020 SARs Annual Report highlighting 81% increase in requests for a defence against money laundering

    On 19 November 2020, the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) published their 2020 Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) Annual Report. The Report provides that: Between April 2019 and March 2020, the UKFIU received a record number of SARs: 573,085 SARs were submitted, which is almost a 20% increase on the previous year....

  • Post-pandemic grievances – are you ready? (UK)

    I spoke at a commercial webinar yesterday concerning the opportunities for and obstacles to mediation as a solution to workplace disputes in the pandemic. Other speakers represented employers and the mediation community. Here are some takeaways: As progress to counter the virus appears to gather pace, many employers have noticed an increase in the number...

  • The UK’s 10-point Green Industrial Revolution Plan

    With the UK due to host the COP 26 climate summit in a year’s time, the UK Government is keen to set out its credentials as a global ‘green‘ leader and demonstrate not only that it can make good on its election promise to level up (with much of the promised Green Industrial Revolution investment...

Featured documents

  • Prince Charles’ Report on CAM Called “Purely Political”

    The war of epithets continues to rage with a UK scientist labeling a report on complementary medicine commissioned by Prince Charles as “purely political.” The slam, reported by www.scotsman.com news, observed that some have called for a public debate on the safety and efficacy of complementary...

  • Financial services and insurance blogs

    Financial web site specialist Andromeda Webs has launched a financial services and insurance blog. The UK firm’s Family Finance Weblog provides up to date comment and useful tips on life insurance, critical illness insurance, loans and mortgages. The blog entries are written in a friendly style...

  • Cadbury faces £20m salmonella hit

    Confectionery giant Cadbury Schweppes has said the salmonella contamination at one of its production plants will cost it about $37.5m this year. Half of the sum relates to the cost of recalling one million chocolate bars, while the rest comes from advertising costs and “manufacturing improvements”. ...

  • Online advertising revenues up 45%, offline media ad revenues slide

    Article in London’s Sunday Telegraph about the online advertising boom, while offline ad revenues continue to slide. For 2006 in the UK: TV advertising spending will be down 7 per cent. National newspaper advertising will fall by 3 per cent. Regional papers will sink by 6 per cent. Digital media...

  • Swarming “smart dust” to explore space

    Swarming “smart dust” could be used to explore space, according to engineers at the UK’s National Astronomy Meeting. The “dust” would be a tiny computer chip covered by a plastic sheath that can change shape when a voltage is applied, enabling it to be steered. The idea is to send smart dust, not...

  • English accountants make their way to the blogosphere

    Note: Today’s article is the first in a two-part series on accounting blogs. To view part two, click here. While LexBlog has clients blogging on different issues outside of the law, there is one industry – accounting – that is just starting to get it’s arms around what blogging can do for business. ...

  • State of UK law blogs : October, 2007

    Nick Holmes provides the state of UK law blogs, comparing where we were pre 2006 and where we are today. Although a handful of UK law bloggers were active before 2006, it was only then that the UK blawgosphere started to take off. Since then, new law blogs have continued to appear at the rate......

  • BSI British Standards Issues Nanolabeling Guidance Document

    Effective December 31, 2007, BSI British Standards (BSI) issued “Publicly Available Specification” (PAS 130:2007), “Guidance on the labeling of manufactured nanoparticles and products containing manufactured nanoparticles.”  Although BSI’s guidance document was funded by the UK Department of...

  • Annals of Trademark Law: “It’s a bus! It’s a boat! It’s a Super Duck!”

    What — you’ve never seen a DUKW before? Today the First Circuit plumbed the trademark law distinction between “generic” and “nongeneric” marks.  It held that the district court clearly erred when it deemed the phrase “duck tours” nongeneric and so dissolved a preliminary injunction.  Boston Duck...

  • UK RCEP Releases Latest Report on Nanotechnology

    On November 12, 2008, the United Kingdom (UK) Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) published a report entitled Novel Materials in the Environment: The Case of Nanotechnology, which examines issues related to innovation in the materials sector and the challenges and benefits arising...