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Research: Data breaches threaten customer trust in Open Banking

By Brian Craig Our latest research finds that customer trust and understanding of Open Banking is increasing, but companies need to counter the impact of high profile data breaches happening elsewhere. TLT research highlights a growing tension between data sharing – the basic tenet of Open Banking – and high profile data breaches, as customers […]

Bulgaria: Competition authority penalises A1 Bulgaria EAD for cancelling agreement

By Galina Petkova With Decision No. 1308 of 22 November 2018, the Commission for the Protection of Competition (the “CPC“) fined A1 Bulgaria EAD (“A1“) BGN 840,340 for cancelling a partnership agreement with its main commercial representative. The CPC decided that the cancellation was effectively a violation of Article 37a (1) of the Protection of Competition Act (the “PCA“), which prohibits abuse of dominant […]

Guide to new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

By Vivian den Bakker The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ( VWS ) published a guide on 30 November 2018 with the most important changes in relation to the new European regulations concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The new regulations set stricter requirements for manufacturers, importers and distributors of medical devices for market authorization in the European Union. In addition, the […]

Case law update: December 2018

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd – Employer held liable for managing director’s violent conduct The Court of Appeal has found a company vicariously liable for the violent conduct of its managing director at a Christmas party where the attack left an employee severely disabled.

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VICTIMS of racially motivated crimes get a poor deal from lawyers and the legal system, a Law Society conference heard. But the conference was split on the Home Affairs Select Committee’s recommendation for a specific crime of racial violence. Barrister Courtney Griffiths said the law was adequate and legislation would divert attention from more practical […]

Judicial review guidelines aim to cut number of challenged court decisions

In-house government law-yer Fred Croft has devised new guidelines for administrators, aimed at reducing the number of decisions challenged in court. Croft, deputy head of litigation, is behind the latest edition of ‘Judge over your shoulder’, a booklet aimed at highlighting the legal framework for decision-making. The guidelines were first published in 1987 but have […]

Ethnic minority lawyers hold conference

Lawyers from the UK’s ethnic minorities will be offered advice and information at a conference to be held on 5 November. The African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers’ Group is holding its annual conference at the Law Society. The event is open to students and lawyers and will cover subjects including articles, pupillage, outdoor clerking, paralegal […]

Parker Bullen expands office base

Parker Bullen is expanding its offices in Salisbury and Andover by strengthening its existing bases in those locations. The members of the firm’s former Southampton office merged with Bell Pope & Bridgewater, another firm in the city, and not the entire practice of Parker Bullen as reported in last week’s The Lawyer. Parker Bullen, which […]

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