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Modern Slavery Guidance Updated by UK’s Home Office

Updated Home Office guidance provides more detail of expected best practices and encourages smaller businesses to make a slavery and human trafficking statement even if not legally required. • Larger businesses must...more

UK Enacts New Offences of Corporate Facilitation of Tax Evasion

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the Act) will enter into force in the UK on September 30, 2017, creating new corporate criminal offences in respect of the facilitation of tax evasion. Adopting the same approach as the offence...more

Outsourcing in the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Sectors – A UK Perspective

Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences companies operate in a demanding environment and face diverse challenges such as pricing pressure, increased regulatory requirements and mounting costs. With this backdrop, they have, starting...more

Brexit - What the UK’s general election result may mean for Brexit

Once again, the UK’s electorate have gone to the polls, and once again the result has confounded the pollsters, with the Conservative party losing 12 seats resulting in a hung parliament....more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK Employment Law Reforms 2013

There are a number of important reforms being made to UK employment law this year, largely due to the enactment of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (“ERRA”). Many of the reforms under ERRA are being implemented...more

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