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Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Changes ahead for UK road traffic laws

Published on 22 January 2018. By Sarah Hill, Legal Director

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The UK Government has recently launched a consultation on proposals to amend the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (Regulations) and the Highway Code. The proposed changes will clarify the legal position for use of features in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and should bring the UK law in line with recent updates to international rules.

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Digital Comparison Tools: The CMA's Verdict

Published on 20 October 2017. By Melanie Musgrave, Senior Associate and Lambros Kilaniotis, Partner

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The CMA has recently concluded its year-long digital comparison tools (DCT) market study with the publication (on 26 September 2017) of its Final Report. However, this is by no means the end of the story. In addition to making recommendations to DCTs, their users, the regulators (in particular, the FCA), other bodies and the Government, the CMA has launched a competition investigation into the use of wide "most favoured nation" (MFN) contractual arrangements by a DCT in the home insurance sector and will keep other commercial arrangements under review.

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EBA encourages banks to pool their resources for cloud audits

Published on 02 June 2017. By Andrew Crystal, Senior Associate

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The EBA has set out that banks are no longer required to provide their auditors (or themselves) with an independent right to audit their cloud service providers.

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A mutual break-up? – Old Mutual drops IT supplier IFDS

Published on 05 May 2017. By Andrew Crystal, Senior Associate

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Old Mutual Wealth has ditched its IT supplier, International Financial Data Services, on £450 million platform project.

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Licensors beware – BlackBerry wins refund of royalties from Qualcomm

Published on 02 May 2017. By Andrew Crystal, Senior Associate

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Smartphone chip supplier Qualcomm has been ordered to pay back $814.9 million to BlackBerry as part of a binding interim arbitration settlement.

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Digital comparison tools: the CMA decides against a market investigation reference

Published on 30 March 2017. By Lambros Kilaniotis, Partner and Melanie Musgrave, Senior Associate

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Six months after the CMA launched its market study into digital comparison tools, it has decided not to make a market investigation reference, but will focus on four areas of possible concern in a second phase of its market study.

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Blockchain technology for contracts: Above the law?

Published on 23 March 2017. By Sarah Hill, Legal Director

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A recent report by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) explores how blockchain technology could continue to develop and impact on a number of key areas of everyday business and life in general. One area explored by the EPRS report relates to the use of blockchain for so-called 'smart contracts'.

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Licensees beware - SAP wins victory against Diageo for breach of software licence agreement

Published on 08 March 2017. By Andrew Crystal, Senior Associate and Eliot Henderson, Associate

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In a significant ruling for software customers and providers, the High Court found that Diageo breached the "Named User" pricing mechanism of its software licence agreement with SAP.

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Online Sales and Price-Fixing

Published on 01 December 2016. By Melanie Musgrave, Senior Associate

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The CMA recently issued a warning to online retailers against price-fixing and using automated re-pricing software to facilitate such arrangements.

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Digital comparison tools under review

Published on 12 October 2016. By Melanie Musgrave, Senior Associate

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The UK's CMA has launched a market study into price comparison tools, such as price comparison websites and smartphone apps. The aim is to establish what action, if any, is required to improve how this market works. The CMA has until 28 March 2017 to decide whether to open an in-depth market investigation.

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