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 recent Legal Design Thinking events held in conjunction with the University of Melbourne and visiting fellow, Margaret Hagan, has been a great opportunity to reflect on the legal sector more widely and the many challenges that it faces. In particular, I think that for many legal professionals, the reality of fundamental change is beginning […]
By Richard Naish Introduction Earlier in the year, the European Commission updated its Brexit notice to food business operators regarding the legal repercussions of the UK leaving the European Union on 31 October 2019 with or without a deal. The changes and impact are far reaching and are worthy of a reminder. The Commission warns […]
By Alison Ogley, David Monteith Introduction Much of the UK’s environmental law originates in the EU, and is currently enforced by the EU Commission, which has the power to bring a case against a member state in the European Court of Justice (the ECJ) to secure the implementation of EU environmental law domestically. If an […]
New regulation In June, the EU Commission published the Market Surveillance Regulation. The Regulation complements the EU’s ‘Goods Package’, a policy first coined in 2017 to promote a better functioning European market for goods. The Regulation aims to ensure that products imported into the EU for sale are compliant with EU legislation. The Regulation will […]
By Shakeel Dad, Charlotte Smith The government’s recent statement that free movement will end immediately on 31 October 2019 has increased the uncertainty surrounding the rights of EEA citizens and the UK’s immigration practices. We have set out the latest position in this note. Settled status EEA nationals who are living in the UK or […]
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is beefing up its Paris office with a new magic circle partner hire from Linklaters, its second lateral in a matter of days. The firm has brought in Linklaters banking and finance partner Marc Perrone, who until now led the firm’s financial services regulation practice in Paris. The banking partner has spent […]
Big Four accountancy firm PwC is among the bidders interested in buying Axiom Managed Solutions (AMS), one of two companies spun out of locum lawyer business Axiom, The Lawyer understands. According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the sale process of the company has recently reached its second round of offers with a reduced number […]
Swiss pharmaceutical powerhouse Novartis is nearing the end of its global legal panel review, which is understood to have been launched earlier this year. The panel is underway following the appointment of GC Shannon Thyme Klinger, who took on the role in June 2018, replacing Felix Ehrat. Her appointment came four months after Novartis also […]
An employment tribunal judge has ruled a female BNP Paribas broker faced sexual discrimination and victimisation from male colleagues at the bank. Stacey Macken brought a £4m sexual discrimination and victimisation suit against the bank, alleging she was paid less than her male counterparts and subjected to sexist behaviour, that included colleagues leaving a witch’s […]
The top 100 largest firms in the UK generated a total revenue of £26.38bn in 2018/19, a rise of 9.5 per cent compared with the previous year’s £24.08bn. The significant rise is the headline data contained in this year’s UK 200: the top 100 report, which is published this week. The year-on-year increase between the […]