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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.

New IR35 rules for contractors in the private sector from 6 April 2020

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment New IR35 changes due to take effect in the private sector from 6 April 2020 will have a significant impact on businesses that engage consultants or contractors via intermediary companies (either directly or through an agency). Affected employers will need to plan for these changes well in advance. Following a […]

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Halliwells sets sights on City base

Manchester practice Halliwell Landau is poised to open a London office following the trend established by its main regional rivals, Addleshaw Booth & Co, Hammond Suddards and Dibb Lupton Alsop. It is believed the move will be finalised by the end of this week. It will have the capacity for expansion, but will initially be […]

Mishcons' partner joins Speechly

MICHAEL Gleeson, former head of insolvency at Mishcon de Reya, has been snapped up by City firm Speechly Bircham. The Lawyer reported in November that five partners, including Gleeson, were set to leave Mishcons. At the time, Gleeson was in discussions with a number of firms. The Mishcons exodus follows restructuring and the implementation of […]

Law Soc plans advertising attack on legal aid changes

THE LAW Society is planning to attack the Government’s changes to legal aid, and the Access to Justice Bill, by launching an advertising campaign. David McNeill, head of press at the Law Society, says talks are underway with shortlisted advertising agencies. He says the focus of the campaign will be aimed the general public. “Legal […]

In brief: Patrick Hayes

Patrick Hayes, a Sheffield solicitor, has been struck off and imprisoned for 30 months, after taking false claims from three robbery witnesses. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ordered Hayes, of Tapton Crescent Road, Sheffield, to pay costs of £1,104. Chairman David Faull says: “This is one of the most serious offences that could come before us.” […]

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