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Hungary: HCA publishes digital consumer protection strategy

By András Nagy The Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) recently published a strategy paper presenting its views on consumer protection in the digital age. The paper subtly indicates that the HCA will continue to follow the European Commission’s guidance in this regard. The paper highlights the measures which the HCA deems necessary to protect consumers and keep […]

Under the GDPR, whenever the implementation of personal data processing «uses new technologies and, taking into account its nature, scope, context and purposes” it is liable to «a high risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons», the data controller must carry out a DPIA

Take nothing for granted – legal privilege and internal investigations

By Nick Williams, Rebecca McNulty The subject of legal professional privilege has been back in the spotlight recently, with the English Court of Appeal decision in SFO v. ENRC substantially reversing the original High Court decision. This stops – at least for now – the erosion of a fundamental legal principle: that a person can seek legal […]

Russia: An important message about geographical indications

By David Aylen, Elizaveta Osipchuk On July 27, 2018, the Russian State Duma passed first reading of a draft bill entitled “On Amendments to Part Four of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (on geographical indications)” (the Bill). As a part of the general legislative process, a bill has to undergo three readings at the Russian […]

Federal Court of Appeal decision in PS Knight Co V CSA case

By James Green, Kevin Sartorio Does copyright subsist in a work created by a private party but which is subsequently incorporated by reference into regulations by legislatures? Or, once a work has been incorporated by reference, is the work public domain such that anyone can freely publish and sell copies of it? In a recent decision […]

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Howard Kennedy and Lydiard win $77m negligence case

Howard Kennedy and Brick Court Chambers’ silk Andrew Lydiard have won the negligence case brought against them by a Portuguese businessman. Antonio Anibale Andrade Baptista Lopes withdrew his claim of $77m (£41.7m) in the High Court this morning (13 July) and agreed to pay both Howard Kennedy and Lydiard costs on an indemnity basis. Lydiard […]

DTI pays charity £130,000 for time wasting

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has paid Public Concern at Work (PCAW) £130,000 for wasting the whistleblowing charity’s time. The Parliamentary Ombudsman found that the DTI had overturned an April 2000 High Court ruling over the operation of the Public Interest Disclosure Act in secret and had failed to consider the public interest […]

Freshfields hit by second Munich defection

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Munich office has suffered another departure with the loss of tax partner Stephan Salzmann to boutique firm Mohren & Partner. Salzmann started at Mohren & Partner earlier this month, according to German website JUVE. He specialises in advising families on the organisation of their business interests. He was also part of the […]

Head or tall tail?

There appeared to be some confusion over at Kirkland & Ellis recently, at least in its spin department. All was fine when one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes received an announcement trumpeting the news that “James HM Sprayregen, head of Kirkland & Ellis’s worldwide restructuring group, has accepted a position as a managing director in the investment […]

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