Business Shapers


  • 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… Read more

  • 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… Read more

  • 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)… Read more

  • 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… Read more

  • 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… Read more

  • ICO Issues Record Fine to TalkTalk for Personal Data Breach

    Earlier this month, it was reported that internet service provider TalkTalk had been issued with a record £400,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to protect personal data from an easily avoidable cyber-attack. However, under new data protection laws coming into force from May 2018, the scale of the fine for a… Read more

  • Cyber is politics by other means

    The release of highly personal information on Simone Biles, Serena and Venus Williams, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, amongst other athletes from WADA (Word Anti-Doping Agency), seems to be the latest Cyber element in the continued geopolitical fallout. WADA has attributed the leak to a Russian hacking group who has accessed WADA databases, including confidential… Read more

  • Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010

    August 2016 will see the biggest shake up to UK Insurance law in living memory. In addition to the implementation of a new general Insurance Act, making substantial changes to the rights of policyholders and insurers, it has recently been announced that the “new” Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 will finally come into… Read more

  • Hinkley Point C: further delay on EDF’s final investment decision

    EDF’s board had been expected to make the final investment decision today on a new nuclear power station, Hinkley Point C. EDF currently has a 66.5% stake in the project with two state-owned Chinese investors taking the remaining 33.5%. EDF has however again delayed making a decision and there a number of valid reasons its… Read more

  • Challenging TFL’s taxi proposals could be Uber difficult

    The recent publication of Transport for London’s (TFL’s) proposed changes to the Private Hire Vehicles Regulations has garnered significant media attention. It has been suggested that they are a blatant attack on app innovators, including Uber. The press is awash with allegations that TFL’s proposals will severely restrict competition in the taxi market and will… Read more

  • Sea Shepherd Uk v Fish & Fish Limited: Supreme Court Has Bigger Fish To Fry

    The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal by Sea Shepherd UK (SSUK) that it should not be jointly liable in tort with its US parent, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), for its part in an environmental campaign against the overfishing of Bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean. As part of the “Operation Blue Rage” campaign… Read more

  • OMT Programme is OK, no Eurozone OMG moment (yet)

    On 14 January, the Advocate General issued a legal opinion that is largely sympathetic to the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Outright Monetary Transaction Programme (OMT Programme).  The European Court of Justice is expected to deliver its judgment on the case later this year. In July 2012 the ECB President, Mario Draghi said that “the ECB… Read more

  • The latest on the Google privacy case

    Google was in the Court of Appeal last week, trying to reverse the decision of a High Court judge in January 2014 in which he held that the company could be sued in England rather than the US. Google is arguing that the High Court judge got it wrong and that the case should not… Read more