Legal tech

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Dentons adds ten new start-ups to ‘Space Camp’

Ten start-ups have joined the second cohort of Dentons’ SpaceTech accelerator as the firm dives deep into a sector increasingly relevant to the UK economy. The cohort entered the firm’s London HQ in September and, over three months, will explore space tech applications under the guidance of “experts in residence” Justin Hill, TMT partner and […]

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A&O puts its name to fourth Fuse start-up in new licensing deal

Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to license and roll out globally the technology developed by one of the start-ups that is part of Fuse, its core innovation space in London. The start-up, Avvoka, was created in 2016 by David Howorth and Eliot Benzecrit, who developed a digital platform to allow businesses to automatically create, […]

A&O fills Fuse space with Bank of England tech team

Allen & Overy (A&O) has joined forces with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Bank of England in a bid to make regulatory reporting more accurate through the use of technology. Starting from mid-October, the magic circle firm’s tech incubator Fuse will host the pair’s “Digital Regulatory Reporting” pilot project team, exploring the ways technology […]

Analysis

Case studies

Travers Smith’s Dunkirk spirit during an 18-month office overhaul

Travers Smith has not moved offices. It has not abandoned its treasured room-sharing system for open plan. But someone walking into 10 Snow Hill, where Travers has been based since 1990, would be forgiven for thinking they had lost their way. The firm has recently completed a total refurbishment of its offices, all while keeping […]

Legal tech briefings

Risks associated with GDPR for retailers

By Jeanette Burgess and Gwendoline Davies Much of the focus in the retail and legal press in recent months has been on the eye-watering level of fines which data protection regulators can impose for infringements of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation [1].  However in this mini-series Walker Morris’ Heads of Regulatory & […]

Canada: Cannabis and blockchain

By Shaela W. Rae Black market. Dark web. Illicit. Underground market. Illegitimate. Illegal. Organized crime. All words used to describe the illegal cannabis industry, until October 17, 2018 that is. Once it is legal to buy, possess or use cannabis for recreational purposes the discussion around the use of cannabis and how to procure it changes […]

Legal technology: Looking past the hype

Did the expression “UK Legal Tech Landscape” once make you excited and now make you groan? Increasingly you are not alone. Overblown promises and a lack of clear solution-based thinking has driven confusion and disillusionment with legal technology. This is due, in part, to the fast pace of change in the legal industry and the […]

ICO continues to undertake enforcement action under the Data Protection Act 1998

By JP Buckley The ICO continues to undertake enforcement action under the previous Data Protection Act 1998. It applies where the breach was before 25 May 2018, when the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 came into force. We have seen from recent enforcement action that the trends continue… data protection and security is not […]

What next after GDPR?

By JP Buckley The 25 May 2018, when GDPR, and the associated UK Data Protection Act 2018, came into force was a landmark date for data privacy, but fast forward nearly six months, what should you be doing now? A plan is critical Doubtless you will have all seen project plans setting out all the […]

Digital infrastructure required for CAVs

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) are set to change the way we travel and interact with the world around us. In the future, we will see cars and other vehicles driven without human intervention while connecting to the Internet, our devices and surrounding infrastructure. CAVs offer the opportunity to transform our driving and travel experiences. […]

Canadian Centre for Cyber Security goes live

By Brent J. Arnold Last week saw the rollout of a key piece of the Government of Canada’s 2018 cyber security strategy as the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (“CCCS”), first announced in June 2018, went live. THE ROLE OF THE NEW CCCS The creation of the CCCS consolidates government cyber security operational units and enhances […]

Assert your cyber strength

Compromised data compromises goodwill. As the public wakes up to how much of its data is in circulation, how long it can be stored and how much value it has, they are rightly demanding that it be properly secured. Consequently, a data breach has become one of the biggest threats to an organisation’s reputation. As […]

Blockchain and its use in various sectors

By David E Brennan, Michael J Luckman Blockchain technology is changing the landscape in a major way. However, this innovative technology comes with highly complex laws and processes that require sophisticated legal and technical expertise, and an insider’s understanding of the ever-evolving regulatory space. Our experts provide an introduction to Blockchain and its use across a wide […]

Lloyd v Google LLC – Data protection claims and damage

By Zoe O’Sullivan In Lloyd v Google LLC [2018] EWHC 2599 (QB), the court has shed further light on the limits of a claim for compensation for breach by a data controller of its statutory duty to comply with the data protection principles in relation to personal data. The duty is set out in section 4(4) […]

Austria – FMA’s guidelines on ICOs and token classification

By Thomas Kulnigg The Austrian Financial Market Authority (Finanzmarktaufsicht, FMA) has recently published guidelines on how it views Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) from a financial services regulatory perspective. The guidelines intend to provide clarification on the FMA’s view on “Crypto Assets”, the term that the FMA uses for virtual currencies, coins and tokens. What are ICOs? The […]

Cyber security and lenders – How to manage the risks faced by borrowers

By Kirsty Barnes, Catherine Phillips Highly publicised incidents affecting sophisticated and global businesses such as Facebook and the NHS demonstrate that cyberattacks have the potential to affect almost any borrower. Whilst these risks cannot be eradicated, the consequences for lenders can be managed. In this Insight our Banking and Finance experts explore ways in which we can […]

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