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UK legislates for a future of driverless and electric cars

3 hours 46 min ago
New legislation designed to support the use of electric and driverless cars has been proposed by the UK government.

Survey reveals lack of awareness of GDPR among company directors

4 hours 33 min ago
Two in five company directors in the UK do not know whether new EU data protection laws will apply to their business, a new survey has found.

EU-US Privacy Shield passes first annual review

7 hours 8 min ago
The European Commission has endorsed the EU-US Privacy Shield following the first annual review of the framework.

Insurers welcome calls to delay introduction of Insurance Distribution Directive

8 hours 7 min ago
Trade bodies for UK and EU insurers have welcomed calls by a European parliamentary committee to delay the introduction of the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) until October 2018, almost eight months later than planned.

Australia's 'technology neutral' energy policy change will benefit storage, says expert

8 hours 10 min ago
Battery storage technology looks set to benefit from a package of energy market reforms put forward by the Australian government, an expert has said.

FCA launches new initiative for asset managers seeking authorisation

8 hours 14 min ago
New asset management firms seeking entry to the market will be able to benefit from additional resources and assistance before, during and after the authorisation process, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced.

Businesses must seize chance to influence laws on patents and supplementary protection certificates, says expert

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:35
ANALYSIS: UK businesses and those operating across Europe should seize the opportunity to influence potential new EU laws on patent research exemptions and supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) by participating in a new consultation exercise opened by the European Commission.

Review calls for 'data trusts' to help grow artificial intelligence in the UK

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:03
New frameworks for sharing data to be used by artificial intelligence (AI) tools should be developed to help grow AI in the UK, a government-commissioned review has recommended.

UK's insurance linked securities framework set to be in force by year end

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59
Regulations which will establish a UK framework governing the tax and regulatory treatment of insurance linked securities (ILS) have been laid before parliament.

EBA calls for 'harmonious' application of European financial regulation post-Brexit

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:55
The European Banking Authority (EBA) has called for consistency in European financial regulation to support UK-based financial services firms that want to retain access to the single market after the UK withdraws from the EU.

Search warrants in respect of football club tax 'dawn raids' upheld by Court

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:27
Search warrants granted to the UK's HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to search premises connected with Newcastle United Football club and seize documents in connection with possible tax fraud were valid, the High Court has ruled.

Banks urged to engage with UK government over challenges faced in supporting IP-rich businesses

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:07
Banks in the UK have been urged to explain what challenges they face in developing products to support businesses to exploit the value of their intellectual property (IP).

Guidance from FCA and Pensions Regulator to support employers welcomed by expert

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:10
The UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Pensions Regulator have issued joint guidance on the help which employers and trustees can give to employees without needing to be authorised by the FCA.

Scottish rental income guarantee scheme to boost build- to- rent confidence, says expert

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:06
The Scottish government has launched a rental income guarantee scheme (RIGS), aimed at boosting investment in private rented housing.

Transactions in land tax rules: unexpected implications

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:03
ANALYSIS: New 'transactions in land' UK tax rules took effect from 5 July 2016.  The rules were aimed at larger property developers with the means to implement cross-border structures to avoid UK income or corporation tax.

UK courts did not breach man's right to reputation when dismissing his defamation claims, rules human rights court

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:38
Courts in the UK did not breach their obligation to protect a budding politician's right to respect for his reputation when it dismissed his claim for allegedly defamatory comments published about him online, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has said.

Banning ICOs is not the way forward for regulators, says expert

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:45
ANALYSIS: Banning initial coin offerings (ICOs) is not the way forward for regulators, despite the legal and regulatory risks that could arise if they are not subject to proportionate regulation.

Technology can help resolve UK's congestion, capacity and carbon issues, says Adonis

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:12
Technology can help the UK to address congestion, capacity and carbon issues and ensure the country makes the most of its infrastructure, the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) Lord Adonis has said.

New regime allows foreign businesses to transfer their company registration Singapore

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:54
A new system for enabling foreign businesses operating in Singapore to transfer their company registration to the city state is operational.

EU law makers set to begin negotiations over new telecoms laws

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:51
EU law makers are set to begin final negotiations over a new European Electronic Communications Code.