By Barbara van der Ven Is it possible to patent the sequence (or partial sequence) of human genes? Genetic research is very important in the fields of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders, infectious diseases and non communicable diseases. From the very beginning, genetic research has always been connected with moral and ethical questions, such as […]
By Anke Holtland, Jacobine van Beijeren The Dutch Data Protection Authority published its decision last week to impose a processing ban on the Minister of Finance for the processing of Citizen Service Numbers ( BSNs ) in VAT identification numbers by the Tax Authorities. Background of the use of BSNs The Tax and Customs Administration is charged with providing VAT […]
The Financial Regulatory News Updates: an overview in which our Banking and Finance Practice Group highlights recent legislative developments and publications of supervisory authorities in the financial markets.
By Marc Wiggers, Thomas Verstraeten On 17 December 2018, the European Commission (‘Commission’) announced that it had imposed an antitrust fine of EUR 40 million on clothing company Guess for illegally restricting its resellers from using the Guess brand names and trademarks for the purposes of online search advertising and making cross-border sales of Guess […]
By Stéphanie De Smedt, Alice Boulvain. Aleksandra Sanak The EU Geo-blocking Regulation applies since 3 December 2018. It impacts many businesses that sell their goods and services online or offline across the EU, including companies offering food supplements or (over-the-counter) medicines, who now need to make sure they comply with these new rules.
Our global CLO team considers the resilience of US CLOs Warehouses.
To meet the ambitious target of net zero by 2050 the industry needs to take a multi-faceted approach to managing energy supply and demand. This approach will create an energy network that is carbon neutral, fit for purpose, and can manage future energy needs by utilising the full range of clean energy technologies.
The efficiency of the regulatory framework of Solvency II is being tested by the crisis caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the Government returning to a policy of ‘work from home if you can’, many businesses, shops, factories, classrooms etc are bringing their employees back into the workplace. There are a lot of issues, precautions and caveats to consider, especially for customer-facing businesses.
An article in the mainstream press has noted that HM Revenue & Customs has taken an additional £274m in inheritance tax (IHT) from its investigations into 5,638 estate administrations in the 2019/20 year. This is the highest in over 4 years and equates to an additional £48,500 of IHT for each estate which has been investigated.
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A number of firms are scaling back their reopening strategies following the latest set of restrictions issued by the UK Government yesterday. Firms including Ince, Bird & Bird, Fieldfisher and BCLP are all advising staff to go back to remote working most of the time, with premises staying open only for essential support staff and […]
The Lawyer Awards is going virtual for 2020! The ceremony, in association with Travelers, will take place online on the afternoon of 3 November. Visit the awards website to register. Who is in the running for the coveted awards in 2020? The full shortlist is below… Barrister of the year Allison Clare, Red Lion Chambers […]
Two senior lawyers have resigned from DWF’s advocacy division, The Lawyer can reveal; a group set up in 2017 to provide clients with an alternative to the external Bar. Jonathan Robinshaw and Sahar Farooqi are both set to leave the firm, having held the titles of head of advocacy and director of advocacy respectively. Robinshaw has […]
DWF’s Brussels team is set to join Crowell & Moring, after the former closed its Belgian outpost as part of a wider restructuring exercise. Head of DWF’s WTO & international trade practice Vassilis Akritidis will join Crowell on 1 October with associate Lorenzo Di Masi. It is understood that at least one other associate is […]
Osborne Clarke has pledged to reimburse reduced salaries if the firm hits its year-end targets, after introducing the measures to combat the financial pressures of the pandemic. The firm implemented several cash conserving measures in May to help it manage the impact of the lockdown, including a seven per cent pay cut for staff earning […]
After announcing growth in both turnover and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for 2019/20, Russell-Cooke has confirmed it is repaying staff who took pay cuts over lockdown. Reduced salaries in line with fewer working hours was just one of the Covid-19-related measures introduced by Russell-Cooke in spring, as the firm also deferred partner profit […]