Latest by Oliver Bray

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What if the CEO asks me about…. a visit from an Environmental Health Officer

Published on 27 May 2022. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Oliver Bray, Senior Partner and Sophie Tuson, Senior Associate

Whilst Environmental Health Officers ("EHO") are often thought to be solely responsible for inspecting food safety requirements, their responsibilities are far wider, including monitoring and enforcing health and safety legislation, and issues relating to public health (such as food hygiene and pest infestations). Their remit extends across a large range of industries, including restaurants, hotels and retail premises.

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Amended Digital Services Act adopted by European Parliament

Published on 12 April 2022. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

How will the European Parliament’s proposed amendments to the Digital Services Act affect consumers?

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Ofcom guidance on advertising on video-sharing platforms

Published on 12 April 2022. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

What do operators of video-sharing platforms (VSPs) need to do to stay compliant with Ofcom’s guidance for advertising on their platforms?

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CMA secures changes to Xbox auto-renewal practices

Published on 12 April 2022. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

How far do Microsoft’s latest undertakings to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) signal a need for all businesses to improve transparency and controls on automatically renewing subscriptions?

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UK government announces the launch of an AI standards hub

Published on 12 April 2022. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

What does the new artificial intelligence (AI) standards hub mean for businesses seeking to develop AI technologies?

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Joint Committee publishes recommendations on the Online Safety Bill

Published on 12 April 2022. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

What recommendations have been made by the Joint Committee on the Online Safety Bill and how are these likely to affect service providers?

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European Commission publishes guidance on price promotions under the Omnibus Directive

Published on 12 April 2022. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

How should businesses interpret the pricing practices regulations that form part of the Omnibus Directive?

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What if the CEO asks me about… avoiding greenwashing?

Published on 02 February 2022. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Oliver Bray, Senior Partner and Sophie Tuson, Senior Associate

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With consumers increasingly demanding greener and more sustainable products, retailers and consumer brands are busy innovating in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of their business, products and services.

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Snapshots Winter 2021

Published on 17 January 2022. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

A roundup of key legal developments for the modern commercial lawyer.

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Snapshots Autumn 2021: Your consumer fix

Published on 26 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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A roundup of key legal developments for the modern commercial lawyer focusing on everything you need to know in the consumer world.

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Snapshots Autumn 2021: Your digital fix

Published on 26 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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A roundup of key legal developments for the modern commercial lawyer focusing on everything you need to know in the digital world.

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Snapshots Autumn 2021: Your data fix

Published on 26 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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A roundup of key legal developments for the modern commercial lawyer focusing on everything you need to know in the data world.

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Snapshots Autumn 2021: Your advertising and marketing fix

Published on 26 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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A roundup of key legal developments for the modern commercial lawyer focusing on everything you need to know in the advertising and marketing world.

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Snapshots Autumn 2021

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner and David Cran, Head of IP and Tech

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A roundup of key legal developments for the modern commercial lawyer.

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Consumer surveys and Vodafone’s “The UK’s best…” claim

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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Can you use consumer surveys to support marketing phrases such as “The UK’s Best…”, when advertising your product or service?

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CAP publishes guidance on depicting mental health conditions

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What steps must advertisers take in order to ensure that any depiction of mental illness is not socially irresponsible or offensive?

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Government consults on reforms to consumer protection law

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What are the key proposals set out in the BEIS consultation paper for the reform of UK consumer protection regulation?

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CTSI publishes guide on vulnerable consumers

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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Will the UK Government bring in more robust legislation to protect vulnerable consumers?

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CMA threatens Groupon with court action over consumer practices

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What are some of the key areas which the CMA focuses on in online marketplaces when assessing compliance with consumer protection regulation?

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UK Government extends deadline to cease using CE marking until 2023

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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Why has the UK Government extended the deadline for use of the CE product marking for manufactured goods placed on the market in Great Britain to 1 January 2023?

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ICO releases summary of discussions between G7 data protection authorities

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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How will the G7 data protection authorities cooperate in the future and how will this cooperation potentially shape data protection within those countries?

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ICO approves first certification scheme criteria under the GDPR

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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How can the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) help businesses and other organisations demonstrate that they comply with data protection standards?

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ICO publishes guidance on three standards of Children’s Code

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What must organisations do, or avoid doing, to meet the “best interests of the child”, “detrimental use of data” and “data minimisation” standards of the Children’s Code?

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ICO consults on new draft international data transfer proposals

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What steps are being proposed by the UK’s ICO to protect personal data being transferred outside the UK?

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DCMS consults on plans to reform UK data protection regime

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What does the Government have in mind for the future of the UK’s data compliance landscape?

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DCMS announces post-Brexit global data plan for the UK

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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How will the UK become a “business friendly” country for international data transfers?

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DCMS and BEIS consult on new pro-competition regime for digital markets

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What will a future pro-competition regime look like for digital markets and how will it potentially impact businesses operating in the digital marketplace?

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Law Commission publishes reforms targeting serious harm arising from online abuse.

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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Will the proposed reforms targeting serious harms arising from online abuse be more effective at criminalising harmful behaviour?

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DCMS publishes policy paper on digital competition regulation

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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How does the Government plan to drive growth and innovation in digital technologies?

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Government publishes online safety guidance for businesses

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What are the key issues highlighted by the House of Lords with the Government’s Online Safety Bill?

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NGO submits complaints on allegedly discriminatory algorithms for job ads

Published on 25 November 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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How can online platforms ensure their ad targeting algorithms are non-discriminatory?

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The Omnibus Directive – New EU consumer rights are on the way

Published on 01 October 2021. By Anna Greco, Associate and Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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The Omnibus Directive – new EU consumer rights are on the way ~ Anna Greco and Olly Bray of RPC consider aspects of the Directive of particular importance for retailers.

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Snapshots - Summer 2021

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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A roundup of key legal developments for the modern commercial lawyer.

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UK government publishes draft Online Safety Bill

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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How could the Online Safety Bill (the Bill) affect online companies, in particular ‘big tech’?

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UK gains adequacy for EU-UK data transfers, despite opposition from LIBE Committee

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What were the grounds of objection by the EU’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (the LIBE Committee) to the EU’s decision to grant the UK adequacy for EU-UK data transfers?

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Data Sharing Code of Practice goes before UK Parliament

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What does the Data Sharing Code of Practice (the Code) mean for companies that deal with personal data?

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ICO fines American Express for blurring service emails with marketing emails

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What is the difference between service emails and marketing emails, and what happens if you get it wrong?

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EU Commission publishes final versions of its new Standard Contractual Clauses

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What is the impact of the new Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) on companies and data transfers?

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European Parliament asks European Commission for guidance post-Schrems II

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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Where next for Schrems II?

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First-tier Tribunal grants Ticketmaster stay of its appeal on an ICO fine pending a parallel group action

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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Can an appeal of an ICO fine be stayed pending the resolution of concurrent group action proceedings in the High Court?

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European Commission proposes new rules on AI

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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How will future EU regulations affect the development of artificial intelligence (AI)?

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European Commission looks to strengthen the Code of Practice on Disinformation

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What steps are being taken to strengthen the EU Code of Practice on Disinformation (the Code)?

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UK Law Commission launches call for evidence on digital and crypto assets

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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How ready is English law to accommodate emerging technologies, in particular digital assets?

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Facebook combats fake reviews following CMA pressure

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What does the CMA’s prompting of Facebook to take action over fake reviews signal to the online marketplace in terms of potential future action in this area?

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CMA to publish “greenwashing” guidance in Autumn 2021

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What measures will regulators introduce to prevent businesses from misleading consumers about their products’ “green” credentials?

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CMA targets anti-virus software companies on subscription auto-renewals

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What consumer rights concerns have the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) recent enforcement actions raised, especially with regards to automatic subscription renewals?

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CMA continues consultation on potential harms caused by algorithms

Published on 02 August 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What competition and consumer harms are the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) finding in the operation of algorithms, and how is it seeking to address these?

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Snapshots - Spring 2021

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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A roundup of key legal developments for the modern commercial lawyer.

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Three Mobile claim to be “the best network for data” misleading

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What are the limits and substantiation requirements on advertisers in relation to claims on being the “best network for data” in the telecommunications sector?

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UK authorities consider position of AI in preparation for a new Golden Age of Tech

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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The question: What direction is the UK taking regarding policies on artificial intelligence (AI)?

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