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BT reels in new litigation head from TLT

BT has ushered in a new director of legal for litigation, hiring investigations partner Michael Isaacs from Bristol-headquartered firm TLT. Isaacs’ career has spanned a range of different roles, both in-house and in law firms. Before his 11-month stint at TLT, he was head of banking and finance litigation at Pinsent Masons from 2013 to […]

telecoms

Pinsents and HSF’s US links pay off in $7.5bn telecoms deal

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Pinsent Masons have teamed up with firms in the US on a complex $7.5bn deal between telecoms companies CommScope and Arris. The transaction will see network equipment provider CommScope buy software maker Arris, a fellow US-headquartered that is listed on the NASDAQ. Pinsents London partners Rob Hutchings and Roberta Markovina advised […]

Landmark ruling upheld as DWF loses data breach appeal for Morrisons

DWF has lost its appeal for Morrisons in the High Court today, as it was ruled that the supermarket is legally responsible for an enormous data breach affecting over 100,00 employees. Three senior judges, including the Master of the Rolls, upheld the original decision against the supermarket, issued in December 2017. In what was the UK’s first data protection class […]

Analysis

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Four things the Comcast deal tells us about City M&A

Over the weekend, nearly two years of tussling for UK media giant Sky came to an end when Comcast’s £30bn bid trumped 21st Century Fox.

But while magic circle firms maintain only they can act on big-ticket M&A, the variety of advisers on call was striking. Here’s what we learned.

The best law firm tech to understand your clients’ needs

There is a fundamental problem with ­innovation in the legal market. As one general counsel pointed out at The Lawyer’s recent Business Leadership Summit, clients understand why technology is a priority to improve the efficiency for their advisers, but it’s not a selling point. After all, what do they get out of it?

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GC2B: With innovation, simplicity is key

A roundtable event organised by BLP in conjunction with The Lawyer at the General Counsel Strategy Summit in Portugal, investigated why firms seek to innovate and how they go about implementing change.

Featured Briefings

The role of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

By Jocelyn S Paulley, David E Brennan The UK’s brand new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation has officially launched, implementing part of the Sector Deal for AI and Data in the government’s Industrial Strategy. The Centre will advise the government on how the UK can maximise the benefits of data-enabled technologies, including artificial intelligence.

The legal hub – Create the ideal state for your corporate legal team

Corporate legal teams are under constant pressure to deliver more value to their organisations. Growing demand and changing expectations from the business mean that legal departments are adapting to embrace innovation and requiring their network of external counsel to do the same. Generally, corporate legal teams are adopting new technologies and adapting to changing pressures […]

Draft patent (amendment) rules, 2018 published for objections and suggestions

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has published Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2018 (Draft Rules) for objections and suggestions. The key highlights of the Draft Rules are broadly set out below: International Applications: Patent agents will be required to file all documents, including scanned copies of documents, only by electronic transmission at the time of […]

Drone usage and the law

By Jane Weaver, Martin McKeague It is likely that, in the run-up to this Christmas, perhaps more online shopping will have been done than at any time ever before. Amid news stories about traffic congestion being caused by the growing numbers of delivery vans on our roads, and as technological innovations develop apace, retailers may be increasingly […]

2019 Planning predictions

2019 is likely to be an unpredictable and turbulent year in the UK and abroad, and few will be confident enough to predict whether Great Britain and Northern Ireland will leave the European Union in March; whether we will enjoy a heatwave in the Summer; or what the nation will watch now that Big Brother […]

Competition law and policy- 4th quarter 2018

Below, you will find the edition of the Competition Law and Policy Newsletter for the 4th quarter of 2018, which compiles the most significant news in this area. IN FOCUS: PORTUGAL I. COURTS Aptoide wins court battle against Google II. COMPETITION AUTHORITY Portuguese Competition Authority publishes definitive version of Issues Paper on technological innovation and […]

Austrian Constitutional Court declares percentage Cap of Copyright Levies null and void

By Adolf Zemann, Guido Kucsko Copyright levies on recording media have been occupying the Austrian courts, courts of other Member States and the CJEU frequently over the last few years. A recent decision of the Austrian Constitutional Court adds another chapter to this never-ending story. The background Based on the InfoSoc-Directive (2001/29/EC), Member States must provide that […]

Supreme Court upholds TRAI’s jurisdiction in telecom operator case

By Rahul Singh, Anisha Chand, Sakshi Agarwal On 5 December 2018, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) challenging a Bombay High Court order in a matter alleging cartelisation by telecom companies Airtel, Vodafone and Idea (collectively, the IDOs). The central issue before the Supreme Court dealt was the jurisdiction of […]

Six technology startups to watch out for in urban planning

By Dominic Conte, Joe Morris, Ben Stansfield Always got your eye on the latest startups to come out of Silicon Valley? We’ve done the groundwork for you and brought together six tech startups to keep an eye out for which may impact on urban and spatial planning across the world. These have been chosen due to their growth […]

Where next for cryptocurrency?

By Bryan Shaw The recent Treasury Committee report examining the role of digital currencies in the UK concluded that urgent regulation of the sector is needed to put an end to the “wild west” environment in which firms are operating today. Three months on from that report, with time to digest its contents and implications, […]

Loyalty penalty super-complaint – An update

By Rob Aberdein, Jeanette Burgess The Competition and Markets Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority have responded to the Citizens Advice super-complaint about the so-called ‘loyalty penalty’ affecting long-term existing customers in the mobile, broadband, cash savings, home insurance and mortgages markets. Walker Morris’ Retail Finance specialists explain. Super-complaint Walker Morris has reported previously that, on […]

The new Mozambique land registry code

Decree-Law no. 2/2018 of 23 of August has now entered into force. It approves the new Land Registry Code (CRP) and repeals the previous CRP approved by Decree-Law no. 47.611 of 28 March 1967, which was in force for 49 years and applied in Mozambique by virtue of Ministerial Order no. 23944 of 15 March […]

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