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  • European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 receives Royal Assent

    On 23 January 2020, the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 received Royal Assent becoming the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (the Act). Amendments made to the Bill in the House of Lords were overturned by MPs sitting in the House of Commons. Article 126 of the Withdrawal Agreement states that there shall be...

  • Letter from Sarah Breeden and David Bailey ‘Removal of bespoke liquidity risk appetite’

    On 23 January 2020, the PRA published a letter that it had sent to Chief Financial Officers of PRA regulated UK deposit takers and international banks. The letter was from Sarah Breeden (Executive Director, UK Deposit Takers Supervision) and David Bailey (Executive Director, International Banks Supervision) and concerns the removal of the bespoke liquidity risk...

  • The ICO’s draft Direct Marketing Code of Practice: What you need to know

    The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has published a draft Code of Practice on Direct Marketing, which is now out for consultation. Here we discuss the context for this and key takeaway points from its 120+ pages. Read more about this topic in our recent client alert.  

  • View from the UK: Recent Developments in Brexit and Corporate Governance

    The following post was originally included as part of our recently published memorandum “Selected Issues for Boards of Directors in 2020”. In 2020, businesses operating in the UK will need to grapple with the continued uncertainty caused by Brexit and will need to closely monitor a number of important corporate governance and reporting developments expected...

  • UK Equality Commission issues new sexual harassment guidance

    Earlier this month, the Equality and Human Rights Commission issued new guidance on sexual harassment and harassment at work. The guidance is very comprehensive, running to some 82 pages, but if you are responsible for drafting your company’s harassment policies or for handling such complaints in the workplace, you should still take a look at...

  • UK Listed Companies: Key Legal Developments in 2020

    Latham explores the primary legal developments for issuers and their advisers in the year ahead. By Chris Horton, James Inness, and Connor Cahalane The regulatory regime and disclosure requirements for listed companies in the UK will continue to evolve in 2020. Issuers and their advisers should be aware of the key legal developments that will...

  • FCA Dear CEO letter to financial advisers on asset management supervision strategy

    On 20 January 2020, the FCA published a Dear CEO letter to asset managers setting out the key areas of harm asset managers pose to their customers and markets in which they operate. Overall, the FCA has observed that standards of governance, particularly at the level of the regulated entity, generally fall below its expectations....

  • ICO Publishes Final Version of Its Age Appropriate Design Code

    On January 21, 2020, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office published the final version of its Age Appropriate Design Code, which sets out the standards that online services need to meet in order to protect children’s privacy.

  • European Commission Provides Further Hints at Post-Brexit Adequacy Decision for the UK

    The European Commission (the “EC”) has published (see link here) slides from its Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom regarding the future relationship with the UK, in connection with personal data protection. The slides discuss a possible “adequacy” decision for the UK’s data protection regime, to be delivered by the EC by the...

  • The Future of UK Data Protection

    As with anything Brexit-related, the UK government is facing a dilemma in relation to data protection law. Shall we follow the direction of travel of the past 25 years and opt for the continuity and certainty provided by the GDPR or shall we use the departure from the EU to make radical changes to the regulation of data uses and privacy? On the one hand, it would be reassuring to know that despite Brexit's uncertainties, the current framework is here to stay and it will develop in a familiar way. On the other hand, it must be tempting to use this opportunity to completely re-think what is in the best national interest. For an area of law and policy that is so closely related to technological development and prosperity, it would be foolish not to consider whether a different formulation would lead to better outcomes. A dilemma indeed.

Featured documents

  • International research sheds light on Escherichia coli

    On September 1, Medical Research News reported that an unprecedented picture of how bacteria latch on to human cells has been published by UK, French and US scientists. They have produced a finely detailed model of one of the tools used by some of the nastiest varieties of the stomach bug,...

  • Campylobacter jejuni reveals genetic markers predictive of infection source

    November 1, 2005 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Volume 102, Number 44, 16043-16048 Olivia L. Champion *, Michael W. Gaunt *, Ozan Gundogdu *, Abdi Elmi *, Adam A. Witney {dagger}, Jason Hinds {dagger}, Nick Dorr Published: 01.nov.05 *Department of Infectious and Tropical...

  • Hepatitis outbreak at school ; Four children hit by liver virus

    March 10, 2006 My.accenture.com Jane Woodhead Source: Liverpool Echo (UK) A hepatitis outbreak has struck down four children at a Merseyside school and five staff members have also been hit by the liver virus at Lander Road primary in Litherland. All 215 pupils and staff will receive injections and ...

  • British libel laws may chill blog publishing

    The Guardian Unlimited had an article last week on British libel laws and the Internet. In the UK, a a person is defamed if statements in a publication expose him to hatred or ridicule, cause him to be shunned, lower him in the estimation in the minds of ‘right-thinking’ members of society or...

  • Bar of England and Wales added to U.S. Bar memberships

    Admission to the Bar of England and Wales as a Solicitor (non-practicing) was received following successful completion of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test. Michael H. Cohen has been admitted to the Bar of England and Wales as a Solicitor (non-practicing), adding to Bar membership in four U.S....

  • Are Risk Levels Rising For The Debt That’s Financing Private Equity Deals?

    The New York Times DealBook blog has an interesting post about the risks posed by all the debt that helps fund the many private equity buyouts these days. It points to two articles in the UK press on the topic. The first article, in the Financial Times, discusses comments by Larry Fink, the CEO of...

  • Response to spinal manipulation questioning

    The UK’s General Osteopathic Council responds to questions regarding the safety of spinal manipulation. The General Osteopathic Council’s answer is thus: The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is committed to patient safety and supports any research that works towards minimising the risk of harm to ...

  • DEFRA Will Publish Revised VRS Guidance

    According to the fourth quarterly report for the UK’s Voluntary Reporting Scheme (VRS) for Manufactured Nanomaterials, the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) received no new submissions during the most recent quarter. Since the VRS began in September 2006, DEFRA has...

  • Doing Well By Doing Good

    Via To The People comes this story out of the UK: A policeman alerted hundreds of families to the danger-drug Strawberry Meth – despite the fact it does not exist. Pupils and parents at 80 schools in Oxfordshire were warned of the possible risks of the fruit-flavoured drug, also known as Strawberry ...

  • More Asbestos Claiming ? British Government Asks for Views on Pleural Plaques Compensation Issues

    Global tort litigation issues continue to evolve. Last fall, the UK’s highest court decided that it would not permit recovery of money as compensation for persons found to have “pleural plaques.” Pleural plaques are generally deemed benign markers of past inhalation of asbestos fibers. Now, on July ...