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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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What price sanctuary under the Asylum Bill?

With hindsight, sometimes I wish I hadn’t been born.” This is not thecomment of an asylum-seeker or refugee, but the reaction of one immigrationpractitioner to the implications of the proposals in the Immigration andAsylum Bill currently going through Parliament, which the Government hasdescribed as “faster, firmer and fairer”. But immigration law and practice is an […]

Square Mile

Law firm management is a perilous area. My own journey began by joiningthe then management committee of my firm on a part-time basis.I underwent all the usual preparation given to law firm managers, namelyschool, university and college, passing exams and advising clients forseveral years. But for business management all that is virtually useless.My interest in […]

Partners on the move…

Manchester law firm James Chapman & Co has promoted three lawyers topartner. Sharon Kamil joined the firm in 1997 from Halliwell Landau. Kamilspecialises in defendant personal injury work for insurance sector clients.Anne-Marie Morgan-Barrett, who specialises in professional indemnity work,joined James Chapman from London-based Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. MichelleGarlick joined in 1996 from Irwin Mitchell. Garlick […]

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Imperial Chemical Industries Plc (ICI)

Last week ICI announced it would axe 600 jobs in the next 18 months,which should seem like a drop in the ocean for a company that boasts 50,000 employees. But the redundancies are a natural development for a company which was lumbered with a debt worth millions when it bought a £4.9bn stake in Unilever’s […]

Smith leaves Field Court for Essex Court

Leading shipping and professional negligence barrister Chris Smith ismoving to “magic circle” commercial set Essex Court Chambers.His departure will be a blow to Steven Gee QC, formerly of One Essex Courtand the incoming head of Smith’s former chambers at 4 Field Court.However, Smith stresses that the decision to move is unconnected to Gee’sarrival, but acknowledges […]

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