Technology & Sourcing News - August 2013

by DLA Piper

Is gambling law about to liberalise in the Czech Republic? - Foreign entrepreneurs may benefit from the Czech Government's approval of new gambling regulations needed to comply with EU requirements.

Data Centre Risk Index: Where does your business store its data? - A report released earlier this year assesses the risks and benefits associated with data storage in certain jurisdictions.

Mobile tracking bins banned by City of London Corporation - This article explains how London's latest recycling bins have been monitoring our behaviour.

Also in this issue…..

Attack of the killer initiative? - Opt-in privacy regime in the pipeline for a California ballot initiative This article discusses the restrictions and their potential effect, if the proposed privacy regime changes were to take effect.

Cybercrime fighters - Stewart James highlights the more recent cyber threats that have come to light and explains what is being done in response.

Quarrel in print: survival of sub-licences - This article looks at the recent VLM v Ravensworth litigation and the circumstances when a sub-licence may outlive the head-licence and even outlive the sub-licensor.


Recent Events

Charitable foundations and NGOs in China: An insider's guide - Friday 26 July 2013

DLA Piper's Pro Bono team recently held a private round table event with special guest Wang Liwei, the CEO of Charitarian Magazine and Government Adviser on charity in China. This event was supported by our WIN programme for in-house lawyers, and was part of our WIN Pro Bono programme. This fascinating and insightful event explored the below in relation to China:

  • an overview of charitable organisations;
  • how to choose and create a credible CSR project;
  • setting up, running and recruiting for sustainable projects;
  • the route and reason for companies to register as a charitable organisation/foundation;
  • the future outlook for the third sector; and
  • an interactive discussion of experiences and ambitions.

Forthcoming Events

Win Panel: Lawyers as Innovators - Thursday 19 September 2013 from 5.30 - 7.30 pm

Following the success of our panel last September – “Lawyers as Leaders: Securing a seat at the top table” – we are pleased to host another interactive and insightful keynote panel as part of our WIN programme for in-house lawyers.

Our next panel features four General Counsels, exploring how in-house teams can use innovative thinking to drive efficiency and cost savings, manage and lead their teams and better service their business. Our confirmed panellists are:

John Collins - Director of RBS Legal, Deputy General Counsel of RBS Group, General Counsel Non Core Division and RBS NV (formerly ABN AMRO)

Ken Resnick - Vice President & General Counsel, GE Oil & Gas

Tanya Murphy - Head of Corporate and Commercial Legal, Zurich Financial Services Group

Glenn Quadros - General Counsel, Outsourcing and IT SCES, Unilever

Mark O’Conor - UK Managing Partner, DLA Piper LLP (CHAIR)

“Lawyers as Innovators” will talk through practical examples of innovation and highlight examples of teams who have implemented transformational legal solutions that have demonstrated the value of the in-house team.

This session will:

  • profile and discuss examples of GCs, in-house teams and innovative individuals who have demonstrated insight, influence and imagination;
  • highlight how a culture of creativity and small changes can make a big difference – using new innovative approaches to the delivery of legal services through changes in talent management and resourcing, service level improvements, technology adoption or process re-engineering;
  • explore examples of where GCs are evolving as leaders, and successfully balancing the competing drivers of innovation and risk to provide their business with cost savings, a competitive advantage, or creating changes in the workplace that have resonated more broadly in the market as best practice; and
  • seek to understand how external legal providers can better support in-house teams in being innovative.

Venue: DLA Piper, 3 Noble Street London EC2V 7EE.

The session will be followed by a networking drinks reception.

For more information on this event and to book a place please click here.

WIN is DLA Piper's resource for in-house lawyers, "What In house lawyers Need". To sign up for WIN, for more information on this event and to hear about future events, please email

Technology and sourcing webinar series: As part of our technology and sourcing webinar series, various members of our global technology and sourcing group will be holding the following free or chargeable webinars:

Contract law update - Thursday 19 September 2013 3:00 - 3:45 pm

Speakers: Jan Pohle, a Partner in DLA Piper's Cologne office and Stephen Wright, a Partner in DLA Piper's Manchester office.

This session will focus on a handful of cases and changes to the law that will be of interest to any practitioner working with technology and sourcing contracts.

Risk and reward provisions - Striking the right balance - Tuesday 15 October 2013 3:00 - 3:45 pm

Speakers: Stéphane Lemarchand, a Partner in DLA Piper's Paris office and Anthony Day, a Legal Director in DLA Piper's London office.

Striking the right balance between risk and reward is the key to any successful commercial sourcing transaction and will influence the approach and behaviour of both customers and suppliers.  In this webinar we will analyse some of the more traditional risk/reward areas such as late delivery, service level performance/over-performance, as well as looking at new trends and models that we are starting to see emerge in this space.

To join either of these webinars please email our events team at

'People problems' - Employment in UK and global outsourcing - Wednesday 2 October 2013 4:00 - 6:15 pm

DLA Piper is pleased to host and sponsor this upcoming masterclass, which will cover the following topics.

1. Outsourcing in the UK - Julian Yew of Pennington Solicitors:

  • TUPE and ARD.
  • Proposed law reform to remove "gold plating" of ARD.
  • Proposed removal of SPC from the meaning of "relevant transfer" and commercial implications.
  • Key areas of change and implications for suppliers and customers.
  • Removal of supplier staff at the behest of the customer – a legal update.

2. Lifecycle of an International Outsourcing - A practical Insight - Adam Hartley of DLA Piper:

  • Back to basics - why outsource services?
  • International employment law refresher.
  • Scoping the project and the business objectives.
  • Projection documentation, down selection and negotiations.
  • Information and consultation.
  • Common people issues.
  • Exit.

3. Commercial trends in managing employment risks in outsourcing deals - James Taylor of Fujitsu Services Limited:

  • What are the risks?
  • Legacy challenges.
  • Shaping deals.

4. Q&A session

This master class will also cover any further developments arising from the Government's TUPE consultation which closed on 11 April.

Venue: DLA Piper, 3 Noble Street London EC2V 7EE.

For more information on this event and to book a place please click here.


Richard Bonnar - Partner

Richard Bonnar, a senior Partner in DLA Piper's global Technology & Sourcing practice (recognised as a Tier 1 practitioner by both Chamber and Legal 500), has relocated to our London office. Richard has been a partner at DLA Piper since 2000, which makes him an old timer! Best known for the team and practice he has built in the area of Government contracting, Richard will be using his major projects skills in some of the firm's other key sectors such as life sciences, financial services and aviation. Richard sits on the Board of DLA Piper International.

Aside from a busy professional life, Richard's focus is on his family, food and the great outdoors. Recently part of a DLA Piper team cycling the Pyrenees, Richard is considered by his wife as living proof that very few middle aged men look good in Lycra.








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