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Regulatory cooperation and information sharing

News that a former director has been banned by the Insolvency Service from acting for a period of four years is a timely reminder that regulators working together can draw from a pool of sanctions to penalise offending individuals. Keith Nicholas Hancock, of Manchester, was sole director of “Lad Media Limited”, a lead generation and data brokerage [...]

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Data, Dispute Resolution - 7 months ago

Fake news, fake reviews: are influencers abusing their influence?

Sixteen social media stars – including celebrities such as Alexa Chung, Ellie Goulding, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Rita Ora – have provided voluntary undertakings to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to improve disclosure in their social media posts, following a CMA investigation into whether influencers are clearly disclosing paid-for endorsements. They have undertaken to make it clear [...]

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Dispute Resolution - 8 months ago

Insurance in Post-Brexit Europe

The insurance market has for a long time relied on both the freedom of services and freedom of establishment to passport insurance services across the EEA. On 29 March 2017, the stable conditions over which the insurance market had hitherto developed were disrupted when the UK started the formal process of leaving the EU under [...]

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Dispute Resolution - 8 months ago

SFO to expect interview notes of internal investigations

The Serious Fraud Office has intimated it will now routinely expect companies to hand over written notes from any interviews carried out as part of an internal investigation. These first account interviews are often obtained in order to advise on whether there is evidence of a breach of the law and may be conducted prior [...]

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Dispute Resolution, White Collar Crime & Investigations - 1 year ago

Formula One round-up – New owners complete their first season and the trophies have been handed out

As Liberty Media Corporation prepares for its second year behind the wheel of the Formula One Group – with the new season commencing in Melbourne this week – our Automotive Group takes a look at how the US media company has made its mark and what the year ahead may hold in store. Liberty, no [...]

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Dispute Resolution - 2 years ago

Sanctions and Recent Developments in Iran and North Korea

Sanctions are often referred to as ‘political trade tools’ that place restrictions on targeted countries, with the aim of restoring or maintaining international peace and security. Their primary purpose is to change the behaviour of the relevant country’s regimes, individuals or groups in an attempt to improve the situation in that country. Iran On 14 [...]

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Dispute Resolution - 2 years ago

Social media: a “breeding ground” for counterfeit goods?

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published a critical commissioned study, which identifies social media as the “most distinctive medium for communication” for sales of counterfeit goods, thereby undermining brand protection and resulting in both loss of revenue and damage to brand reputation, as well as causing issues for both government and consumers. The Share [...]

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Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property - 2 years ago

Judge’s court notes disclosed following a data subject access request

The beginning of July saw a data protection decision which received little immediate commentary in the legal press, but which is likely to have far reaching consequences for future cases. In response to a request from Alfred Percival for a judge’s handwritten notes, created during Mr Percival’s Employment Tribunal hearing, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) [...]

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Data, Dispute Resolution, Employment - 2 years ago

Out of rithm

Price-bot wars The idea that today’s cartelists are as likely to be found hiding behind computer screens as in smoke filled rooms is a hot topic. This is due to businesses using increasingly sophisticated algorithms and artificial intelligence (“AI”) to ensure that their online prices align with those of their competitors: a form of tacit [...]

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Dispute Resolution - 2 years ago

Credit for pleading guilty

The new rules A revised definitive guideline on reduction in sentence for a guilty plea now applies in any case where the first hearing is on or after 1 June 2017. This affects anyone over 18 – or any company – facing criminal proceedings in which there has not already been a court hearing. The [...]

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Dispute Resolution, White Collar Crime & Investigations - 2 years ago

Jazz Shapers advice: Derval Walsh

Derval is a Partner and Member of the Finance and Banking Group. He specialises in complex banking litigation and has experience of major commercial and banking cases in English and foreign courts. Derval has been involved in complex litigation involving rights in respect of loan notes, swaps, SIV-lite structures, syndicated loans and interbank money market [...]

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Dispute Resolution - 7 years ago