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Digital and technology bitesize update

The diversity and increase in use of technology has given rise to an increase in digital, data, cybersecurity and IT laws or regulations as well as Codes of Practice. The move away from the EU has also created divergences between the UK and the EU laws,...

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EU Digital Services Act

The EU Digital Services Act (the EU Act) was introduced in response to the rapid expansion of the digital economy

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Online Safety Act

The purpose of the Act is to provide a regulatory framework with the general aim to make the use of internet services safer for individual in the UK.

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Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (Security Requirements for Relevant Connectable Products) Regulations 2023

Businesses involved in the manufacturing, importing and/or distributing of “connectable products” will now need to comply with the requirements under the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (Security Requirements for...

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Budget 2024 - What now for non-doms and domicile?

On 6 March 2024 the government unveiled its plans for wide-ranging changes to the tax treatment of UK resident non-UK domiciled individuals (non-doms). While the government intends to bring the changes into force with effect from 6 April 2025, given the...

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The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

This note gives an overview of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), an EU directive which came into force in 2023 as part of the EU’s green deal. The CSRD introduces new obligations for in-scope companies to report on environmental,...

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ECCTA: Updates to Register of Overseas Entities

The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 (ECTEA) received royal assent on 15 March 2022. Part 1 and Schedule 3 (the sections relevant to this briefing note) came into force in stages between 1 August 2022 and 16 January 2023. ECTEA...

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Enterprise investment scheme (EIS) and SEED enterprise investment scheme (SEIS) overview

This note outlines the key conditions which need to be met and the tax treatment of the investment under both the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).  It is not designed to be a definitive statement of the...

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Artificial Intelligence Act

On 13 March 2024, European Parliament approved the “AI Act” following a provisional agreement being reached on 8 December 2023. This contrasts to the UK’s "light touch" approach whereby existing regulators will be upskilled...

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One solicitor, one couple

Until now it has been the norm for each party to instruct their own lawyer whose role is to advise them as an individual as to the best outcome. This means that under the traditional route, advice is given from one party’s perspective alone. The...

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Critical Third Parties Regime

The Bank of England (BoE), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) (the regulators) recently ran a joint consultation on their proposals for addressing potential risks to the stability of the UK financial system...

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Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill

The Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill proposes a new regulatory regime to address growing concerns over the competitiveness of digital markets. These concerns include that larger players may have substantial and entrenched market power which...

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The UK PSC Register Requirements

This note is designed to assist our clients to understand the key issues the PSC register requirements present for them. This is a complex area and each case will depend on the specific facts. What is a PSC register? Most UK incorporated companies...

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EU Data Act

At the end of November 2023, the European Council adopted the wording of the proposal for a regulation on harmonised rules on fair access to and use of data (Data Act). The Data Act will enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication...

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European Cyber Resilience Act

The European Cyber Resilience Act (CRA) is an EU proposal to regulate cybersecurity requirements for products with digital elements. As at November 2023, a final version of the proposed regulation is awaited. What does the CRA aim to do? It is recognised...

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Digital assets - key estate planning considerations

We live in an increasingly digital world and most individuals now own one or more digital assets. The importance of considering these assets and what should happen to them on death has never been greater. What are digital assets? The term “digital...

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Hard or soft loans: beware the pitfalls of lending to friends and family

It is common for money to be loaned or gifted within families to help with property purchases or to meet other expenses. Very often, not enough thought is given at the point of payment to whether the payment is a gift or a loan, or indeed if it is a...

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Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (DPDIB)

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (bill) contains proposed changes to UK data protection law and is currently in the parliamentary process. Broadly, the proposals aim to liberalise existing UK data protection law by removing unnecessary...

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Register of overseas entities - an update

Overseas entities which own registered land in the UK must register their details with Companies House to be included on the Register of Overseas Entities (ROE) by 31 January 2023. As the consequences of not doing so are potentially severe, if you have...

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Group and collective redress litigation risk: client guide

A practical introduction for corporates Collective and group redress is becoming increasingly prevalent in England in Wales. The claims are often large scale and there is infrastructure in place in the form of claimant law firms and available funding to...

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Motor Vehicle Block Exemptions Consultations - EU/UK

Legal framework Broadly, anti-competitive agreements or concerted practices are prohibited under competition law (in particular, Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU ( TFEU ) and its UK equivalent, the Chapter 1 prohibition of the...

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An overview of the UK's data privacy regime

The EU has the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679) (the “EU GDPR”) which, until Brexit, was directly effective in the UK. Notwithstanding Brexit, the rules underpinning the UK’s data privacy regime have remained to a large...

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Your commercial property needs

As your requirements to occupy property evolve in a post-Covid world, we can help you navigate the challenges and opportunities for your business.  Challenges and opportunities Issues How we can help Hybrid working Reconfigured...

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Fixed fee no fault divorce

The family team at Stevens & Bolton can usually offer clients a fixed fee for dealing with their divorce. The divorce costs are separate to those for dealing with any financial or children matters. If we make a sole application on behalf of our...

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Obtaining a No Fault Divorce

The Divorce Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (DDSA) comes into effect on 6 April 2022 and brings with it significant reform to the existing divorce process.  Applications made up to and including those issued before 4pm on 31 March 2022 will be...

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The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993

The Regulations implemented the European Directive on self-employed commercial agents and they continue to apply post-Brexit. They impose significant obligations on principals concerning commission, minimum termination notices, compensation and restraint of...

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Rent arrears recovery and the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space)

With Covid-19 restrictions eased but restrictions on commercial landlords continuing, more landlords are turning their attention to taking action to recover commercial rent arrears, perhaps encouraged by recent favourable court decisions. Where landlords...

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Changes to the rules on self-isolation: implications for employers

On Monday 16 August, the rules on self-isolation are changing. Employers will once again need to get to grips with more new rules and consider how to communicate them to staff and implement them fairly and safely in the workplace. Office based employers have...

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Worldwide freezing orders

What are worldwide freezing orders? A “freezing order” is a type of prohibitory injunction ordered by a court, obtained by one party (the applicant) against another (the respondent) to restrain the respondent from unjustifiably disposing of, or...

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Tumbling rents and COVID clauses: What to expect from your retail lease renewal in COVID times

Lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 are a very common feature of the commercial property market. In "COVID times" there are widely differing market conditions across sectors (contrast logistics and hospitality, for...

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