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UK Electronic Communications Code to become law on 28 December

5 hours 11 min ago
A new Electronic Communications Code setting out rights and obligations regarding the deployment and maintenance of mobile phone masts and other telecoms infrastructure will become law in the UK on 28 December.

Bet365 wins trade mark ruling before EU court

7 hours 12 min ago
The EU's Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) made errors in law when it determined that Bet365's name did not qualify for trade mark protection, the EU's General Court has ruled.

Court of Appeal dismisses challenges to accelerated payment notices

10 hours 5 min ago
The Court of Appeal has dismissed two challenges to the issue by the UK's HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) of notices requiring the payment of disputed tax upfront. The Court dismissed the taxpayers' appeals against two High Court decisions rejecting judicial review challenges to the issue of accelerated payment notices (APNs) and partner payment notices (PPNs).

Tax adviser's failure to warn of potential for scheme failure was negligent, appeal court rules

10 hours 51 min ago
A tax adviser who did not provide a client with specific warnings about the potential for failure of an avoidance scheme was negligent, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Law reform body seeks to update defamation laws in Scotland

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:59
Defamation laws in Scotland would become more closely aligned with those in England and Wales under proposals from the Scottish Law Commission.

EAT decision shows employers must take care over changes to collective terms, expert warns

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:36
Employers keen to make changes to employee terms and conditions but who are unable to come to an agreement with a recognised trade union must be wary of collective bargaining laws, an expert has warned.

Data sharing in genomic medicines to be a 2018 focus for Caldicott

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:14
Establishing protocols around data sharing in genomic medicine is to be a focus of the work the national data guardian in England will undertake next year, according to a new report.

Regulators publish plans for transitioning financial staff to senior managers' regime

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:05
Plans for transitioning thousands of insurers and regulated financial firms and their staff to a new accountability regime have been published by the UK regulators.

As EU Council decides fate of trade talks, what exactly has been agreed so far?

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:41
ANALYSIS: EU leaders will meet in Brussels today and tomorrow to decide whether Brexit negotiations can progress to the next stage: trade talks. 

UK government called on to shift liability for illegal online content to social media companies

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:26
The UK government has been urged to change the law to shift the balance of liability for illegal content online towards social media companies.

PSD2: new security guidelines for businesses in the payments market finalised

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:01
Businesses involved in the payment services market will be required to have the security measures they put in place audited, under new guidelines set out by the European Banking Authority (EBA).

Conference shows affordability an increasing priority for student accommodation sector

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:17
ANALYSIS: Affordability is an increasing priority for developers, investors and universities involved in the provision of student accommodation, if the presentations and discussions at this year's Property Week Student Accommodation Conference are anything to go by.

Barclays Africa, China Development Bank pledge infrastructure finance for Africa

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:29
Barclays Africa Group Limited and the China Development Bank (CDB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening cooperation and exploring opportunities to fund development projects in Africa.

FCA lays out new rules on reporting of 'major incidents' affecting payment services

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:11
Financial firms will be required to publish data on the major operational or security incidents that prevent customers from using their payment services under new rules set by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

New regulations expanding personal portfolio bond asset types in force from January

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:05
ANALYSIS: New regulations will permit additional property categories to be held within a personal portfolio bond (PPB) from 1 January 2018, making these bonds potentially more attractive to investors.

Skills gap threatens UK's industrial strategy, say businesses

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:50
The UK has a "skills problem" that threatens to undermine the UK's industrial strategy, a new study has found.

Chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries call for continued cooperation with EU rules post-Brexit

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:32
Chemicals and pharmaceutical industry groups have repeated calls to the UK government to ensure they can continue to operate in line with EU regulations after Brexit takes effect.

Dubai and Hong Kong strengthen fintech ties

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:35
Financial regulators in Dubai and Hong Kong have agreed to cooperate to help innovative financial technology (fintech) businesses to grow.

'No deal' on Brexit 'not an acceptable outcome', says Wine and Spirit Trade Association

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:24
It would be unacceptable for the UK government to fail to agree a deal with the EU regarding future trading arrangements after Brexit, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has said.

Broker fined £4m by FCA over 'truly independent' claim

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:28
An insurance broker has been fined over £4 million by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for failing to adequately manage potential conflicts of interest involving its parent company.