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Managing online product reviews – What are the legal risks?

By Richard Collie It is estimated that more than three-quarters of UK consumers check online reviews before making a purchase, with £23bn of UK spending influenced by online reviews each year. For online retailers this is often seen as a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, authentic positive reviews left by consumers can […]

Busy lenders’ monthly round-up – December 2019

By Deborah Sheldon Each month we summarise the latest news and developments in retail mortgage lending and regulation. This month in summary: News Shake up in provision of free cash access at Post Office has created calls for wider regulation FCA receives 4.29m complaints for Q1&2 2019 Lending Grenfell style cladding results in thousands becoming […]

Should ultrafast broadband and 5G be a big deal for councils?

By Stuart Murray The gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ is increasing. While full-fibre broadband homes enjoy ultra-fast speeds, others are stuck with outdated copper broadband, some of which is pretty slow. Mobile reach is problematic too, with many unable to connect to 4G or connect at all, making 5G seem like a distant dream. […]

To the point: Technology & digitalisation – December 2019

Preface How Technology is shaping our future Technology brings unprecedented opportunities, opens up new business models and changes our everyday lives. Technology is ubiquitous. But technology projects are also complicated, expensive and long-term. And above all, there is the shadow of cybercrime and possible market abuse through technology. To the Point: Golden Rules for IT […]

Amendment of the Austrian law on the ultimate beneficial owners register- Austria

By Christopher Jünger Background The amendment of the Austrian Law on the Ultimate Beneficial Owners Register (Wirtschaftliche Eigentümer Registergesetz) as part of the EU Financial Adaptation Act 2019 (EU-Finanz-Anpassungsgesetz 2019) was announced on 22 July 2019. This amendment provides for far-reaching changes of the Ultimate Beneficial Owners Register, implementing the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive on […]

The whistleblower protection directive

By Alexandra Mota Gomes I. Objective Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law (the “Directive”) was published on 26 November 2019. The Directive will come into force on 17 December 2019 and must be implemented into […]

Economic substance laws: The private wealth context

By James Campbell, Marcus Leese, Richard Laignel, Katie Baxter As part of on-going international initiatives, a large number of international finance centres (including Jersey, Guernsey, BVI and Cayman) have passed laws requiring companies which are tax resident in such centres and also conducting certain types of activities to demonstrate that they have an adequate level […]

Spotlight on Uzbekistan: Kinstellar’s regular look at the Uzbek market

By Joel Benjamin, Muborak Kambarova LAW “ON PAYMENTS AND PAYMENT SYSTEMS” On November 1st the President Mirziyoyev signed the law “On Payments and Payments Systems” (the “Law”). The Law will enter into force on February 2, 2020, and will considerably expand the regulation of payment systems. It will also replace the Law “On Electronic Payments” […]

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