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New EU standard contractual clauses for international data transfers published

Last week, the European Commission (EC) adopted a set of new standard contractual clauses, one of which included standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to third countries (New EU SCCs). The EC also adopted a set of SCCs for use between controllers and processors pursuant to Article 28(7) of the EU GDPR.…

NFTs – a bold new revenue stream for rights-holders?

The latest well-publicised craze in the art world is non-fungible tokens, or NFTs. NFTs were relatively unheard of until recently but interest in them has skyrocketed since early March when Christie’s sold a digital work of art by the contemporary artist Beeple as an NFT for an astounding $69.3 million, and Jack Dorsey sold the…

The location of crypto: legal and tax implications

Cryptoassets are digital representations of value that operate via distributed ledger technology. As cryptoassets are digital in nature, sensibly attributing a geographical location to them is far from straight forward. Notwithstanding this, the deemed geographical location of cryptoassets has potentially significant implications for owners and investors on questions of applicable law and jurisdiction in disputes,…

Cheque-mate: the tale of two adult children whose claim under the 1975 Act did not succeed

When Juliet and Lauretta’s father died, whom they reportedly called ‘the Chequebook,’ they were disappointed to find that his wealth was not to be distributed amongst them. Instead, the late Mr Shearer’s estate would pass to his widow, Juliet and Lauretta’s stepmother. Determined to seek financial provision from the estate, they brought a claim under…

GDPR-style AI regulation proposed by the European Commission

The European Commission (EC) proposes ‘the first-ever legal framework on AI’ governing the placement of AI on the market, putting AI into service and general post-market monitoring obligations – the AI Regulation. The AI Regulation prohibits the use of certain AI practices, setting out a framework for ‘high-risk AI systems’ and their relevant requirements and…

Jurisdiction post-Brexit

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, and the transition period ended on 31 December 2020. Yet, months later, the issue of jurisdiction post-Brexit still remains a hot topic. This article summarises a number of the key changes and developing legal issues. Pre-Brexit Within the EU, and in the UK before Brexit, the…

EDPB opinions see the UK take one step closer to an adequacy decision

On 13 April 2021, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted two opinions on the European Commission’s (EC) two draft decisions relating to the transfers of personal data from the EU to the UK. The development is welcomed, as the UK takes one step closer to obtaining an adequacy decision which will allow for EU…

Tax issues and people working in your business

The arrival of IR35 legislation within the private sector, Brexit, dealing with off payroll working, and the recent Uber case in the Supreme Court, have focused minds on the need correctly to identify the employment status of those carrying out work for businesses. It is important not to lose sight of the fact that alongside…

Ofcom updates broadcaster guidance on protecting participants in TV and radio programmes

For programmes beginning production on or after 5 April, Ofcom’s new protections for individuals taking part in TV and radio programmes will apply. These amendments follow a consultation process in recognition of the growing concern in society about mental health and aim to address the rise in complaints concerning the potential distress suffered by participants…

Producing ads during the Covid-19 pandemic

For many of our clients involved in ad production, a key issue since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic has been how to manage the risks and associated costs of disruption or cancellation due to Covid-19 events when such events are uninsurable. Covid Addendum Back in the summer last year, one of the steps the…