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Publication date:
2019-10-04

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  • Government publishes Legislation Programme for Autumn 2020

    The Government has published its legislation programme for Autumn 2020. The programme includes: 30 priority Bills; 50 Bills that are expected to undergo pre-legislative scrutiny; 87 Bills where preparatory work is underway, and 14 Bills which are currently before the Oireachtas. Key Bills of relevance to the data protection, commercial and technology sector include: Priority...

  • Work-From-Home Policies in the Post-COVID Era

    COVID-19 has sparked a seismic change in the workplace as many companies have found that working from home (“WFH”) has not diminished employee productivity and that employees prefer its greater flexibility. Given that—and the potential for saving on overhead costs—many companies have announced plans to adopt long-term WFH policies and close or realign office space....

  • UK: new “world-leading” deforestation and ecosystem supply chain law

    The UK Government recently announced that it is developing legislation that would make it illegal for large businesses operating in the UK to use certain commodities that have not been produced in line with local laws, and require in-scope companies to conduct due diligence to ensure that their supply chains are free from illegal deforestation...

  • UK COVID-19 – The FCA Business Interruption Test Case ruling – the end of the ‘Covid clause’ in leases?

    This week the High Court has delivered its eagerly anticipated ruling in the FCA Business Interruption Test Case. The case was brought by the Financial Conduct Authority on behalf of business interruption policyholders, with the aim of determining issues of principle on coverage and causation under a series of sample policy wordings. Whilst of broad...

  • Work-From-Home Policies in the Post-COVID Era

    COVID-19 has sparked a seismic change in the workplace as many companies have found that working from home (“WFH”) has not diminished employee productivity and that employees prefer its greater flexibility. Given that—and the potential for saving on overhead costs—many companies have announced plans to adopt long-term WFH policies and close or realign office space....

  • PSR report – market review into the supply of card-acquiring services

    On 15 September 2020, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) issued an interim report on the supply of card acquiring services. The interim report contains the PSR’s provisional findings of its market review into the supply of card acquiring services in the UK. The PSR conducted the market review using its general powers under Part 5...

  • Latest EU Exit SIs for financial services

    On 15 September 2020, there was published on legislation.gov.uk: The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020. This statutory instrument amends the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 to implement amendments made by Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD). The main changes are made to...

  • ISDA article on Brexit and the impact on the derivatives trading obligation and the characteristic of OTC derivatives in the EU and the UK

    On 15 September 2020, the ISDA published a paper recommending that the EU and the UK recognise the equivalence of each other’s derivatives trading venues in order to mitigate the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The paper explains that equivalence is the best solution for addressing conflicts and avoiding fragmentation of liquidity...

  • How Do The Changes to the UK Insolvency Laws apply to Energy Companies?

    As we discussed in our previous blog relating to the Supplier of Last Resort Process, energy company insolvencies bring with them a range of different processes and requirements which other companies do not need to consider. In particular, the involvement of the Secretary of State and the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA) in energy...

  • UK COVID-19: Government extends protections for commercial tenants

    After much speculation the government announced on 16 September that it will be extending protections that have been afforded to commercial tenants as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the current protections? Commercial tenants currently benefit from a number of COVID-19 related protections including: a temporary prohibition on landlords forfeiting commercial leases as...

Featured documents

  • UK regulator targets Campylobacter in poultry

    20/07/2005 – UK-based food processors who use poultry in their products are likely to face more safety regulations after a government report singles out chicken meat as the largest contributor to Campylobacter infections in the country. “Given the prevalence of Campylobacter in poultry, and knowing ...

  • UK: Threat of E-coli contamination spreads

    The Camembert cheeses that were recalled may not have been all that was infected with E.coli, according to the Food Standards Agency. The sale of all raw milk products produced by French company Laiterie Fromagerie du Val d’Ay-Etablissement REAUX is now being halted, due to concerns about possible...

  • Food alerts report on aflatoxins in nuts, cheese from the UK

    A total of about 47 food safety problems were reported across the EU last week, including a cluster of alerts about aflatoxins in nuts and unauthorised cheese from the UK. Last year 538 notifications concerned aflatoxins in pistachios, of which 487 concerned those primarily originating from Iran....

  • UK foodborne disease cases fall by 19 per cent

    Here is an interesting article about the UK finding ways to reduce foodborne diseases. UK foodborne disease cases fall by 19 per cent: “Regulation, training and public information campaigns are having a dramatic effect on the reduction of foodborne diseases in the UK, with the number of cases of...

  • UK law firm marketing on the rise

    Legalweek reports UK law firm marketing expenditures are on the rise. Top [London] firms are ready to spend £10m-plus per year on marketing as commercial lawyers aggressively beef up their investment in business development. Georgina Stanley reports on the results of the latest Big Question survey...

  • UK Releases Report on Environmentally Beneficial Nanotechnologies

    On May 17, 2005, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) released a report entitled Environmentally Beneficial Nanotechnologies: Barriers and Opportunities, which provides the results of a study exploring ways in which nanotechnology could reduce the...

  • UK large law firms using Facebook

    Following up on my post on AmLaw 200 firms using Facebook citing Doug Cornelius’ work, Nick Holmes did a check of top UK legal firms’ using Facebook networks. He’s what he found: Linklaters (with 895 members) Allen & Overy (846) Baker & McKenzie (669) DLA Piper (623) Technorati Tags:...

  • Lord to Commoners: Copy Away!

    Our friends across the pond are considering a new proposal that would change the rules regarding the copying of movies and music. Specifically, the proposal would allow the copying of legitimately acquired music and movies between storage devices for “private use.” Current law in the United Kingdom ...

  • The Increasing Intersection of Criminal Law and Tort Law

    A significant topic for at least the next decade will be the interesection of criminal law, tort law and civil law (including the law on punitive damages). The issue is growing in prominence for many reasons, including new UK legislation on corporate manslaugher and U.S. Senate hearings held a...

  • UK Litigation Rising

    Litigation is rising in the UK as litigation becomes a truly global industry. An October 8, 2008 online story from Global Reinsurance advises that the current fiscal fiasco of course will spawn lots of litigation, and then states the following specifics regarding increased litigation in the UK : “UK...