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Dentons-backed ‘Space Camp’ unveils six new startups

Six European startups have been chosen to join the first round of a SpaceTech startup accelerator backed by Dentons. The nine-week programme called ‘Space Camp’ is being hosted in Dentons’ London HQ and is sponsored by the global firm. The scheme was established by spacetech-focused venture capital fund Seraphim Capital, which claimed that it had […]

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California powerhouse Wilson Sonsini to launch in London

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is to open its doors in London, making it the first major US law firm to launch in the capital since Cooley three years ago. The US firm’s London office will be based at 41 Old Street and led by partner Daniel Glazer who will relocate to the English capital […]

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Pinsents swoops in to investigate Dixons Carphone data breach

Pinsent Masons has been brought in to advise Dixons Carphone after the company admitted it had suffered a data breach affecting millions of payment cards. The firm is advising on Dixons Carphone’s investigation into the breach, which will look at what extra security measures should be put in place to prevent future attacks. Pinsent Masons […]

Eversheds and HSF lead on £700m engineering deal

Eversheds Sutherland and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) have acted on the near £700m sale of British-owned engineering company, John Guest Holdings to Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC). Eversheds acted for John Guest’s shareholders, led by M&A partner Chris Halliday, with legal director Wyn Jones and senior associate Hannah Kaye. John Guest is one of Europe’s biggest suppliers of plastic fittings […]

TSB

TSB calls on Slaughters to investigate IT meltdown

Slaughter and May is advising TSB’s board after an IT disruption at the bank meant customers were unable to access their accounts, The Lawyer understands. The firm is understood to have been brought on board ahead of a Parliamentary hearing this afternoon. TSB’s chief executive Paul Pester will face questions from the Treasury Committee after […]

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Five lessons from our general counsel community

By Nicholas d’Adhemar Apperio invited a selection of clients, General Counsel and corporate Legal Operations professionals to benchmark the adoption of technology in legal departments. The group discussed the cultural and commercial challenges of technology. Here are five of the most interesting lessons learned…

Tech industry faces data security crisis as global protectionism grows

Data protectionism is on the rise across global technology networks and could be stunting tech growth and development, according to a report by Gowling WLG. According to the report, some of the world’s most successful technology economies, including Finland, Sweden, Korea, The Netherlands, UK and Canada, are susceptible to protectionist policies. All but the USA […]

Location, location, location: the dangers of tracking whereabouts on social media

Snapchat’s map feature has been called “creepy” and “dangerous” by the media since its inception last year. The feature enables users to track their friends’ locations at any time, across the globe. This adds to a myriad of settings on the app which allow users to share their location with others. The very act of […]

The quick guide to cloud computing for law firms

By Teresa Matich Cloud computing lets you access software and services via the internet—from anywhere. Instead of working with costly on-premise, server-based solutions, cloud-based providers leverage economies of scale to provide powerful, secure software as a service (SaaS). More and more law firms are using the power of the cloud to stay competitive in an ever-changing […]

UK Supreme Court rules on internet blocking orders

By George Sevier and Kate Swaine The UK Supreme Court has returned its long­-awaited judgment in the Richemont litigation, holding that brand owners must indemnify internet service providers for the costs of implementing internet blocking orders, but not for the costs of the necessary underlying systems…

Beware: not only 25 May but also 9 June has passed

It seems not only companies but also many Member States were so busy preparing for the GDPR that they lost sight of the Trade Secrets Directive that should have been transposed into national laws by 9 June. That’s regrettable, because it is important legislation between “privacy”, unfair competition and IP, establishing a modern and for […]

ECJ latest Facebook ruling makes waves: Impact under the GDPR?

In its decision C-210/16 of 5 June 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on a dispute between a German academic institution and a German data protection authority. The institution operated a fan page on Facebook and collected user data via cookies, which were placed by means of a function called “Facebook Insights”. The purpose of […]

Upper Tribunal in favour of the Pensions Regulator

By Chris Edwards-­Earl and Ian J Gordon In ITV PLC and orsv The Pensions Regulator with Box Clever Trustees Ltd as an Interested Party: [2018] UKUT 0164 (TCC), the issue before the tribunal was that ITV argued that the regulator did not have jurisdiction to issue the FSDs because…

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Cyber attacks: Driven to change or driving change

By Jennifer Michael Being Driven to Change during a crisis can often be haphazard, fast-paced and incredibly stressful. It usually comes about because an event you haven’t planned for happens suddenly. If this event is a cyber attack, as a priority you will need to put measures in place to stop your private and confidential […]

Protectionism data security crisis for tech firms

By David E Brennan Data protectionism is on the rise across global technology networks and could be stunting tech growth and development, according to a report by international law firm Gowling WLG…

Serbia: Reshaping the financial landscape

By Darko Jovanović The theme of this year’s xCEEd conference -­ the leading FinTech event in Central and Eastern Europe – was “Road Mapping the Digital Future”, focusing on the practical application of financial technologies in CEE. Supported by the UK Department for International Trade, this is the second year that this event was held in […]

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