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AI – Commission publishes new legal framework

I wrote last autumn about the European Parliament’s approval of proposals for the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI), and the European Commission has now decisively picked up the legislative baton, publishing its comprehensive framework for an AI Regulation.

Replacing the vertical agreements block exemption: approaching a year to go

On 31 May 2021, the Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation (VBER), which exempts certain agreements from the EU and UK prohibitions on anti-competitive agreements, enters its final year of service before its scheduled expiry at the end of May 2022. Both the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the European Commission (EC) have begun consultations on whether to replace the current instrument and its accompanying guidelines and, if so, how the replacements can tackle some of their predecessors’ shortcomings.

Tech time out – health is wealth

Neil Lloyd, managing director at law firm FBC Manby Bowdler, set up Tech Time Out with Stephanie Henson last year after noticing that a lot of noise was being made about the amount of time people were spending on tech, and certainly, COVID just made it worse.

Austria: Supreme Court rules on long-term gas supply contracts

On 25 January 2021 the Supreme Court issued a decision on long-term contracts for the import of Russian natural gas into Austria (16 Ok 3/20g). The contracts had been concluded in 2006 for the supply of unstructured natural gas. All of the contracts expired on 31 December 2027. At the time of their conclusion, such long-term commitments were common for contracts between natural gas producers and importers or wholesalers throughout Europe. The contracts contained an obligation for customers to purchase 83% of the contract volume (at least in the medium term), even if this amount was not actually taken (take-or-pay clause). In 2011 one of the buyers was granted an early termination right.

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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Peter Gray has admitted making a number of mistakes and getting litigation strategy “spectacularly wrong” under cross-examination in the High Court. Gray was cross-examined on Monday and Tuesday this week (2 and 3 March) over allegations that he allowed incorrect dates to be presented to the court on phone transcripts […]

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Dentons appoints London corporate partner Cohen as new UKMEA CEO

Dentons has appointed London corporate partner Jeremy Cohen as the firm’s UKMEA CEO, succeeding Matthew Jones after the end of his fixed four-year term. In his new role, Cohen will assume responsibility for the UKMEA region as well as being a member of Dentons’ global board and global management committee. Cohen, a partner since 2000, […]

New appointments as Gateley expands regulatory team

Gateley has expanded its regulatory team with the appointment of two new lawyers. Pauline Munro has been appointed as legal director and Kate Oliver as a senior solicitor. Munro joins from Pinsent Masons with more than 20 years’ experience of working for clients facing regulatory intervention and covering a range of areas including health and […]

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Mishcon wins for ex-wife in Ecotricity divorce battle

The Supreme Court has found in favour of a Mishcon de Reya client who is claiming £1.9m from her ex-husband, Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, despite filing for a financial settlement almost 20 years after they divorced. The court ruled in favour of Kathleen Wyatt who will now take her appeal for a reported £1.9m to […]

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