Compliance newsletter - August 2017
Welcome to the second edition of the new-look Charles Russell Speechlys Compliance Newsletter.
In this summer edition, we cover some of the hottest developments over the quarter. We remind readers of the need to pay due attention to merger control rules; Rose Carey explores the likely impact of the new charge for businesses sponsoring overseas workers in light of Brexit; our data protection expert Jonathan MacDonald discusses the latest on GDPR and how Brexit will change data protection law in the UK and in-house environmental law specialist, Helen Hutton, analyses the Government's new proposals on air quality improvement legislation.
We hope you enjoy this issue.
EU & competition law
"Dealing" with merger control Parties to any corporate transaction should be on the lookout for possible risks under the EU and UK merger control regimes (and, indeed, those in other jurisdictions affected by the deal). The stories we cover in this article highlight the importance of seeking up-front expert advice on the possibility of your transaction being caught by one or more merger regimes and then ensuring the rules of any applicable regime(s) are complied with thoroughly...
Charges for overseas workers Partly in response to the demands of Brexit and shoring up EU workers’ services, our clients have been paying close attention to immigration law of late. Rose Carey explains how businesses have now been given a further challenge in this arena: a charge on businesses who sponsor overseas workers...
The impact of Brexit on UK data protection law Data Protection (and not least) GDPR also keeps many of our clients on their toes right now. Our data protection expert, Jonathan MacDonald brings both topics together, taking out his crystal ball, to predict how Brexit will impact data protection rules in the UK...
Bribery & corruption
Has the proposed merger of the Serious Fraud Office and National Crime Agency been scrapped? Prior to the snap general election in June, the Conservative Party manifesto included a commitment to incorporate the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) into the National Crime Agency (NCA). The manifesto contained few details about how and when the merger would take place. The Queen’s Speech contained no mention of the proposal, leading to the inevitable discussion as to whether this may have been quietly dropped. Rhys Novak & Max Davis discuss...
Environmental law & regulation
Clearing the air: where we are now and the likely impacts of the Government's air quality proposals Air quality in the UK has been a hot topic in recent months, with different versions of the Government’s (draft) air quality plans at the centre of various legal challenges. Our in-house specialist on environmental law, Helen Hutton, explains how the Government is proposing to make legislative changes in the UK to improve air quality, safeguard health and comply with international environmental standards...
Cyber Central: transforming the regional economy
What does the new Cyber Central development mean for us?
Music to our ears? Well, perhaps not for Apple.
A feud first began when the music streaming giant, Spotify, filed a complaint against music streaming provide rand competitor, Apple Inc.
Linking ESG and Executive Pay
How does a business go about embedding a focus on strong ESG performance into the structures and culture of its organisation?
National Security and Investment Act granted Royal Assent
The Act establishes a new regime for the review of mergers, acquisitions and other transactions that could threaten national security.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Waverton on acquisition of Cornerstone Asset Management
Established in July 2010 and with offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Cornerstone offers wealth management and financial planning advice.
Risk allocation in commercial leases: the High Court considers rent suspension, insurance and frustration arguments
Read our summary of the full judgement on the latest Covid arrears case.
Competition and Markets Authority announces review of the EU vertical agreements block exemption
The UK Competition and Markets Authority is reviewing the future application of the EU vertical agreements block exemption in the UK.
Playing Copycat – Why have M&S begun legal action against Aldi over Colin the Caterpillar?
M&S’s chocolate caterpillar was the first of its kind to land on our supermarket shelves, over 30 years ago.
Building Back Better: Real Estate and Restructuring
How and why should hospitality businesses re-structure post pandemic?
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Fudco Partnership on sale to Exponent-backed Vibrant Foods
Fudco is a family-owned business selling South Asian ethnic foods in UK and Europe.
ESG – Searching for substance behind the acronym
ESG is an acronym much used but perhaps less understood.
Use and Regulation of Renewable Energy Certificates in the UAE
The market for trading in renewable energy certificates is set to increase in both visibility and importance.
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Burn After Redditting – Scottish Court of Session Lays Down Marker for Online Copyright Protection
Sky UK Ltd have successfully obtained interim protection from infringement of their broadcast rights through links posted on Reddit.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises shareholders of Modern Networks on sale to Horizon Capital
Modern Networks is a leading provider of IT support, broadband and telecoms managed services to the UK’s commercial property sector.
Paul Henty writes for New Law Journal on the often-painful experience of tackling rules of origin post-Brexit
Defining provenance post-Brexit: Paul Henty charts the often-painful experience of tackling rules of origin.
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No ticket, no merger: Viagogo and StubHub are one step closer to merging but must satisfy the CMA’s conditions
The £3.2bn acquisition of online ticketing company Stubhub by one of its competitors, Viagogo is one step closer to being finalised.
Client alert: Construction under competition law spotlight
We outline the three investigations which have either recently concluded or are ongoing together with what this means for businesses.