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.
Why is Bioconstruct v Winspear of interest? Transactions and legal documents are often completed in the absence of authorised signatories, with pre-signed pages sometimes still being affixed to facilitate completion where parties and signatories are not all in the same room. In some cases, the documents in question may have been altered or amended in […]
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published guidance to help food businesses in their response to the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance has been produced in conjunction with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and covers a range of topics including good hygiene practice, managing employee absences and social distancing in specific food […]
The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) represents one of the most serious public health crises of the recent decades and is causing major disruptions and unprecedented volatility in markets, economies and businesses throughout Cyprus. Cyprus businesses and investors across industries are facing various challenges and issues, some of which require urgent legal advice. We […]
On 17 March 2020, the Luxembourg tax administration issued an official newsletter on their website (impotsdirects.public.lu) stating that taxpayers, individuals or companies undergoing cash flow issues due to the coronavirus pandemic and who are taxed on commercial or agricultural and forestry profits, and taxpayers who are independent professionals can request: the cancellation or reduction of […]
On 27 March 2020 the Pensions Regulator published its latest guidance relating to Covid-19. The guidance is particularly relevant for schemes currently undergoing an actuarial valuation as well as for employers who are seeking to suspend/delay deficit recovery contributions (DRCs). The key points from the guidance are considered below…
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Covington & Burling has made its first London lateral hire in two years, bringing in a new partner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner to boost its competition capabilities in the City. James Marshall joins the Washington DC-based firm after more than 10 years at BCLP, having spent nine of those years at Berwin Leighton Paisner […]
Ashurst has launched a consulting business in its Australian offices, hiring a chief strategy officer from Deloitte to run one of the groups. Philip Hardy – who was chief strategy officer of Deloitte’s audit and assurance division – will run Ashurst’s risk advisory service, which will focus on how to manage risk and compliance issues […]
Taylor Wessing has ended part-time working contracts with an extensive pool of university students, as the firm looks to deal with the effects of the coronavirus crisis. It is understood that the firm is parting ways with group of up to 95 university students, who have worked part-time with the firm as part of their […]
In anticipation of the economic impact that coronavirus will have on clients, Humphries Kerstetter is making the bold move to cut its charge-out rates across the board. Partner rates, which previously ranged between £390 to £450 an hour, will be set at a standard £350 as of April 1 2020. While reductions will apply to […]
The former general counsel of retailer Superdry had landed a new role at betting company William Hill. Simon Callander, who had been at Superdry for just over two years and departed the company in early 2020, started at William Hill on the 16 March. Upon his departure from Superdry, Ruth Daniels joined the retailer as […]
Ashurst and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer were on call as two high street businesses plunged into administration in one day. Ashurst is acting on the administration of Carluccio’s, which has become the first major casual dining casualty since the coronavirus lockdown. Led by restructuring partner Drew Sainsbury and corporate partner Bruce Hanton, the firm is advising […]