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UK secures first major trade deal post-Brexit with Japan

On Friday 11 September the UK and Japan agreed a free trade deal, which is the first major trade deal secured by the UK as an independent nation. The deal took just over three months to conclude and the full text will be available in October.

Data – how does Brexit affect data coming from the EU?

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal then it’s likely that we’ll become a “third country” under EU data protection laws. This means that, despite having implemented the GDPR, the UK will no longer be deemed to offer adequate protection of European personal data.

The UK National Data Strategy: a new strategy for a new beginning?

On 9 September 2020 the Government published its new national data strategy for consultation. This follows EU policy reviews in the key areas of cloud computing and AI along with the publication of its own data strategy in February of this year, raising important questions about alignment with the bloc post-Brexit.

Renewable Expansion Act (EAG)

Review draft published – a first overview! On September 16, 2020, the eagerly awaited draft of the Federal Law on the Expansion of Energy from Renewable Sources (Renewable Expansion Law – EAG ) was submitted for assessment. As a contribution to the realization of the goals of the Paris Climate Protection Agreement 2015, the draft creates new framework conditions for the expansion of renewable energies in Austria. The present article gives an initial overview. Details will follow in focus articles and in our virtual series of events

A better future – What next for the Solent region?

As part of our ‘Future Cities’ campaign, Shoosmiths is holding a series of virtual ‘think tank’ discussions with prominent local stakeholders in different locations across the UK to share insights and ideas around what the future holds for these locations.


DLA Piper secures a victory for Sabre in putative class action

DLA Piper has achieved a victory for Sabre in a putative class action brought by a passenger of Hawaiian Airlines accusing the company of sending unsolicited text messages. Judge Stephen V Wilson of the US District Court for the Central District of California ruled that the text message plaintiff Shaya Baird allegedly received was not […]

Charles Russell and Speechly in merger talks

Another week over, another merger on the cards. This time it’s Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham discussing the prospect of a tie-up. Speechly, of course, is no stranger to merger talks. It’s less than a year since the firm called off its discussions with Withers after the duo decided the move was not in either […]

Conyers provides BVI and Cayman advice to Miko on HKD420m IPO

Conyers Dill & Pearman in Hong Kong has provided British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands advice to Miko International Holdings on the HKD420m (£32m) initial public offering (IPO) of a People’s Republic of China (PRC) children’s clothing retailer. The retail portion was oversubscribed 1,125 times, making it the eighth most wanted IPO ever in Hong Kong. […]

Job Watch

Job mobility in the associate market is still high, particularly if you’re prepared to move for that promotion. You can find what’s being advertised on our job site, but check out our articles on current trends within sectors for the inside track. Job watch: Transport Job watch: Projects Job Watch: Immigration Job watch: Media, entertainment […]


Linder Myers: Dangers of a legal fast-food diet

Linder Myers’ demise shows how buying firms cheap can be costly Manchester’s Linder Myers has spent the past few years acquiring distressed assets, but now the firm is on the hunt for a rescue merger to pull it back from the brink. On 6 February Linder Myers filed its intention to appoint administrators at Manchester […]

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