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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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Camerons and Eversheds in brewery coup

Cameron McKenna and Eversheds advised on one of the fastest-completed deals in the pub industry last week – between Enterprise Inns and Century Inns. Camerons advised Enterprise Inns in its hostile u78m bid to acquire control of Century Inns, represented by Eversheds. The offer was snapped up by shareholders in less than 24 hours. Rob […]

CC in Punders merger vote

Clifford Chance partners will vote this weekend on a surprise merger with Germany’s third largest firm Punder Volhard Weber & Axster, The Lawyer can reveal. Most partners only learnt of the advanced talks from a 200-page document they received last week outlining the proposed merger with US firm Rogers & Wells. The extraordinary step, which […]

Pension fund watchdog investigates Eversheds

Eversheds is being investigated by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) for failing to make payments into its staff pension scheme. The criminal investigation could, in theory, land Eversheds in court, with the prospect of unlimited fines and two years’ imprisonment for those responsible. A spokeswoman for Opra says this is the first time a […]

PI expert quits Hodge Jones for Alexanders

Personal injury specialist firm Alexander Harris has poached Gulf War syndrome litigation solicitor Richard Barr and his team from Hodge Jones & Allen, reigniting fury over the award of the controversial legal aid contract. Barr and six specialist fee earners are now at Alexander Harris’ London office. However, the move means Barr loses both the […]

Silicon Valley IP pioneer ships out as New York firms move in

The Bar Council is considering radical reform of its complaints handling system – even though its current arrangement is praised by the Legal Services Ombudsman. As predicted in The Lawyer last week, Ann Abraham’s annual report blasts the Law Society’s complaints handing for “spiralling out of control” to such an extent that its ability to […]

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