Tim Wright

Tim Wright

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Payment Practices and Performance Reporting - New UK rules aimed at tackling late payment of suppliers and vendors will require...

Under Section 3 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEEA 2015), the Secretary of State has the power, by regulations, to require certain companies to publish information about their payment practices...more

3/27/2017 - BEIS Financial Reporting Limited Liability Company (LLC) Reporting Requirements Small Business Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act UK

SAP’s Licensing Time-Bomb - Software giant’s victory in “indirect use” case is cause for concern for companies worldwide

On February 16, 2017, the High Court of Justice in the United Kingdom held that Diageo plc, a global drinks company, was liable for unauthorized use of SAP software as a result of failing to secure “Named User” licenses for...more

3/22/2017 - Cloud Computing License Agreements Maintenance Fees Popular SAAS Software Technology Sector UK

Robots and Rule-makers

Recently, governments and rule-making bodies across Europe, the UK and globally, appear to be paying increasing attention to the need for the development of legislative and regulatory frameworks in the expanding field of...more

3/8/2017 - Artificial Intelligence Driverless Cars EU Robotics UK Unmanned Aircraft Systems

White Paper Sets Out UK Government’s Brexit Strategy

The UK Government has published a White Paper setting out its Principles and Objectives for exiting the EU. - The European Union Bill—authorising Article 50 notice—passed its first hurdle on February 1, 2017. -...more

2/8/2017 - Article 50 Treaty of the EU CJEU EU Member State The Great Repeal Bill UK UK Brexit

Human Rights and Global Supply Chains

Fashion retailers need to be vigilant to prevent human rights abuses in their supply chains whilst complying with their legal obligations. The UK’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is investigating human...more

2/3/2017 - Child Labor Fashion Industry Human Rights Human Trafficking Modern Slavery Act Retail Market Supply Chain UK Unfair Labor Practices Wage and Hour

Brexit and Procurement

UK’s Industrial Strategy announced—new Government contracting approach will favour UK-based firms after Brexit. UK Government spending currently runs circa £278 billion per annum. Government contractors will be...more

1/25/2017 - Competitive Bidding EU Federal Contractors Infrastructure Public Contracts Public Procurement Policies UK UK Brexit

Aviva’s £8.2M FCA Fine a Stark Reminder that Regulated Firms Cannot Outsource Their Regulatory Responsibilities

The FCA has fined Aviva, the UK insurance group, £8.2 million for failing to have appropriate controls over its outsourced service providers. According to the FCA’s press release, the fine would have been even larger at £11.8...more

10/7/2016 - Client Assets sourcebook (CASS) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Outsourcing UK

FCA Says Big Data Use by Insurers Generally Working Fine—Data Protection Concerns Flagged

The UK’s financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has recently published summaries of the responses it received to a Call for Inputs (CfI) on the use of big data in the retail general insurance...more

9/28/2016 - Big Data Data Protection Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Insurance Industry Popular UK

Japan steps into Brexit debate with a message to the UK and the EU

The Japanese government has stepped into the Brexit debate with an unprecedented warning to the EU and the UK, saying that Japanese inbound investment into the UK could be put at risk by Brexit particularly if withdrawal...more

9/15/2016 - EU Financial Markets Financial Sector Japan Member State Passports Popular Referendums Trade Policy UK UK Brexit

Brexit Board Briefing

The world is awash with uncertainty about Brexit. We imagine that you, like most, are sorting through it all. Pillsbury is here to help. Our dedicated Brexit Team is monitoring developments and weighing the legal risks and...more

8/22/2016 - Business Taxes Capital Markets Climate Change Consumer Contracts Corporate Restructuring Cross-Border Transactions Cybersecurity Data Privacy EU Financial Services Industry Intellectual Property Protection International Labor Laws Public Procurement Policies UK UK Brexit

IT, Commercial and Outsourcing Contracts: Brexit Top 10

According to Theresa May, the UK’s recently installed prime minister, Brexit means Brexit. But what this actually means in practice is still unknown. There is still a huge amount of debate over what Brexit will look like,...more

7/28/2016 - Data Protection EEA EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ICO Member State Referendums UK UK Brexit

Yikes, Here Comes Brexit! What Next for the UK’s Sourcing Industry?

In case you missed it, the Great British public caught the world off guard when, on 23 June 2016, a small but significant majority voted in favour of the UK withdrawing from the European Union. Much like the termination of an...more

7/5/2016 - EU European Communities Act Member State Outsourcing Referendums UK UK Brexit

Drones in UK Skies: An Increasingly Crowded Regulatory Airspace

With drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) becoming commonplace in the UK in both commercial and non-commercial applications, the law has been required to evolve and play catch-up. Although drones have been used by...more

3/17/2015

FTC Chairs warns of threats from the Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT), whereby miniature computers are embedded into objects and devices and connected via the internet using wireless technology, offers many advantages, such as smart thermostats which have the...more

3/12/2015 - Internet Internet of Things Mobile Devices Privacy Concerns

EU Cybersecurity Regulations - The Costs of Financial Market Infrastructure Resiliency

Any company that uses information technology is a potential target for data theft, advanced malware and other cyber threats. Cyber threats have emerged as a growing systemic risk particularly to the financial sector in which...more

1/28/2015

FCA warns firms on use of social media to promote financial products

The UK financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has launched a guidance consultation in order to clarify and confirm its approach to the supervision of financial promotions in social media,...more

8/8/2014 - Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Products Marketing Popular Social Media Social Networks Twitter UK Vine

OECD Calls for Higher Focus on Outsourcing, IT and Supplier Risk

At the Twelfth Annual Corporate Accountability Conference held in Paris last month, Pierre Poret, Counsellor and Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development...more

8/7/2014

UK telecoms regulator issues call for input on Internet of Things

Ofcom has published a call for input, entitled "Promoting investment and innovation in the Internet of Things", regarding issues that might affect the development of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) sector in the United...more

7/31/2014 - Electronic Communications Internet of Things Mobile Devices OFCOM Public Comment Technology Telecommunications UK Wireless Industry

OECD calls for increased focus on Outsourcing, IT and Supplier Risk

At a recent conference, the Twelfth Annual Corporate Accountability Conference, 12 June 2014, Cercle National Des Armées, Paris, Pierre Poret, Counsellor, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs at the The...more

7/7/2014 - Corporate Governance Information Technology Outsourcing OECD Outsourcing Risk Management

FCA Chief announces Project Innovate: Helping Firms Meet the Technological and Regulatory Challenge

The head of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority, Chief Executive Martin Wheatley, used a speech at Bloomberg, London given on 3 June 2014 to promote the FCA's Project Innovate (the drafted text of Martin Wheatley's speech...more

6/19/2014 - Compliance Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Services Authority UK

Court of Appeal confirms that information is not property

In a recent judgement, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales held that an electronic database was not a chose in possession or a chattel but a chose in action (see our earlier blog regarding the grant of leave to appeal in...more

3/26/2014 - Electronically Stored Information Private Property UK

UK Amends TUPE Regulations

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) has been in the spotlight as part of the UK Government’s Employment Law Review. TUPE implements the EU Acquired Rights Directive (“ARD”) in the...more

2/12/2014 - Employee Rights TUPE UK

Amended TUPE Regulations Published in the U.K.

In previous posts (Proposed Changes to UK's TUPE will impact outsourcing deals, The UK Government consults on proposed changes to the TUPE regulations) we highlighted the UK Government's proposed changes to the Transfer of...more

2/3/2014 - Employee Rights TUPE UK

Does a Service Provider Have a Lien Over Customer Data?

On 19 November, Datateam won permission to appeal from an unreported decision of District Judge Bell sitting in the Reigate County Court on 12 June. The facts of the case, which related to unpaid invoices for database...more

12/3/2013 - Intangible Property Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Liens Mechanics Lien

TUPE UPDATE: UK Government publishes its Response to the Consultation

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 ("TUPE") is in the spotlight as part of the UK Government's Employment Law Review. Launched in 2011, the purpose of the review is to reform employment...more

10/3/2013 - Acquired Rights Directive Employee Rights EU Hiring & Firing TUPE UK

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