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The Brexit and Patent Law: What You Need to Know

Now that some time has passed since the Brexit vote, some of the ways in which the vote is likely to impact British patent law are becoming clearer. Here is a quick summary of some of the primary concerns....more

Modern slavery reporting rises five-fold

Recent reports have suggested that there has been a steep rise in modern slavery reporting. This indicates that efforts to highlight the issue have been somewhat successful. The Salvation Army has confirmed that it supported...more

Blog: New study examines benefits of enhanced audit report in the UK

In light of the closing of the comment period for the PCAOB reproposal of an expanded audit report standard (see this PubCo post and this PubCo post), including a requirement to disclose critical audit matters, it may be...more

Rules of the (International) Road, Brexit, PPP as a New Tool for Argentina, and Keeping Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit (Expect...

- Post-Daimler: Are Non-U.S. Companies Safe from Suit in U.S. Courts? What if the Non-U.S. Parent Registers to Do Business in a State? - Rules of the (International) Road: Choosing and Appointing a Distributor ...more

Tackling the gender pay gap

A report published this week indicates that the gender pay gap increases dramatically on a woman’s return to work following maternity leave. Whilst this may not be entirely surprising, the statistics are depressing. The...more

Changes To The Taxation Of Termination Payments

Summary - The government has published its response to feedback received on its proposals to simplify the taxation of termination payments, expected to come into force in April 2018. The following table sets out...more

Changes to business rates: how could they affect you?

A recent announcement by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and draft regulations released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are set to introduce changes that are likely to increase business rates...more

Building a future: addressing the Brexit challenge

"Brexit means Brexit" according to Theresa May. But although the Government has now indicated that it is committed to Brexit and achieving the best possible outcome for the UK, no-one knows what form this will take or how...more

Prioritising Environmental Obligations in Future Trade Agreements

We have commented previously about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its relationship with environmental obligations. Here, following Brexit, we turn our attention to future trade arrangements for...more

Non-Dom Reforms Update – United Kingdom

Summary - Following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union on 23 June, and the change of Prime Minister and to the UK Government, there was significant uncertainty regarding what would happen to the...more

Losing the right to limit: Privy Council confirms parties can contract out of the 1976 Limitation Convention

This Alert looks at the question of whether it is possible to contract out of or waive the right to limit liability under the 1976 Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims and if so, what is required in order...more

English Law Schemes of Arrangement: Class Composition

Having received the sanction of antitrust regulators in Europe, the U.S., China and South Africa, the planned merger of brewing giants AB InBev and SABMiller was scrutinised this week by the High Court in London on a topic...more

Pubs & Planning Update - August 2016

Wandsworth Council has just taken the unprecedented step of issuing a non-immediate Article 4 Direction to withdraw permitted development rights relating to demolition, alteration and changes of use from 120 pub and bar sites...more

UK Prudential Regulator Reminds CRR Firms about Management Body Diversity 

The UK Prudential Regulation Authority published an open letter to all firms subject to the Capital Requirements Regulation reminding firms of the requirement in the PRA Rulebook to have in place a policy promoting diversity...more

Successful procurement challenge against the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

On 29 July the High Court handed down its judgment in the high-profile Energy Solutions (ES) v Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) case.  The case concerned the competition to become the “Parent Body Organisation” (PBO)...more

Scotland: The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings Regulations 2016 - Buildings on the market before 1...

The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 come into effect on 1 September 2016. From that date, owners of pre 2002 non-domestic buildings or "building units" in Scotland with a...more

Brexit: Through the Eyes of a US Legal Team

The headlines are nearly ubiquitous at this point: this summer, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The reasons cited for leaving are varied and complicated, with many commentators still...more

UK Regulator Policy Statement on Implementation of the Payment Accounts Regulations

The Financial Conduct Authority published a policy statement on changes to the FCA Handbook to implement the Payment Accounts Regulations 2015 (PAR). The policy statement summarizes feedback from its consultation on the...more

UK Competition and Markets Authority Final Report on Retail Banking Market Investigation 

The UK Competition and Markets Authority published its final report on its market investigation into the supply of retail banking services to personal current account customers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in...more

Changes to UK Insurance Law

Major changes to insurance law came into force on 12 August 2016 by virtue of the Insurance Act 2015. Some of the changes will be of benefit to those who have to insure UK real estate and this could provide comfort to...more

Brexit: The UK Clarifies Its Position On Intellectual Property

The process of Brexit will take time, and the implications for our clients’ business will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating across all our offices and working with clients on your key concerns and...more

UK Regulator Publishes Second Consultation Paper on Implementation of MiFID II

The Financial Conduct Authority published a second consultation paper on implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II and the associated proposed changes to the FCA Handbook...more

Proposals for Employee representation at board level in UK companies

Theresa May, and latterly Owen Smith, have both announced their intention to put employees on company boards. Employee representation on company boards in Europe is commonplace and speculation is rife as to what model either...more

UK Payment Services Regulator Reports on Bank Ownership of Payment Infrastructure

The Payment Services Regulator published its final report on its market review into the ownership and payment infrastructure competitiveness in the UK...more

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

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