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Gamekeepers and poachers should be friends

10 March 2011

We noted in August 2010 that staff were leaving the FSA in record numbers after the general election, including all three managing directors.

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Fuzzy-matching and the sanctions regimes

10 March 2011

Given the ongoing political unrest in the Middle East and the speed at which individuals, entities and entire regimes can be added to HM Treasury and OFAC's consolidated sanctions lists (most recently, Libya and Tunisia), ...

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Kaupthing arrests: will advisers be liable regardless?

09 March 2011

The dramatic news today about dawn raids and nine arrests made by the SFO in London and Reykjavik at the culmination of a year-long investigation into Kaupthing's collapse will, regardless of the outcome of the criminal enquiries, have little bearing on any liabilities faced by advisers for complaints from clients who lost money in the collapse of the Icelandic bank.

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Going, going, gone concern

09 March 2011

The Chief Executive of the FSA in a recent speech has talked about how the new FCA will approach prudential regulation of those firms for which it is responsible. This includes all insurance brokers.

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The FSA's last risks warning

04 March 2011

The new FCA's focus will be 'conduct risk', "that is, the risk that firm behaviour will result in poor outcomes for customers."

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OFT promises faster enforcement kick off

03 March 2011

The OFT has published final Guidance setting out its process and procedures when undertaking Competition Act investigations.

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Equal treatment means just that – ECJ confirms invalidity of derogation from Gender Directive

01 March 2011

In a landmark judgment published today, the ECJ ruled that insurers cannot charge different premiums to women and men based on gender. As anticipated by us and the UK insurance market, the ECJ has agreed with the Advocate General's recommendations in the Test-Achats case.

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Gender Directive: will Sheilas' Wheels stop rolling?

01 March 2011

The insurance industry anxiously awaits the European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgment in the Test-Achats case expected today.

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Anonymity order lifted in marital privacy case

Published on 28 February 2011.

A High Court judge has lifted an anonymity order protecting the identity of a formerly married couple involved in a privacy dispute.

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Publication of enforcement action: only after Warning Notice but still a bad idea

25 February 2011

On Thursday morning last week, I caused a stir with my reaction to the leaked news (in an FT interview) about the new FCA's planned approach to publication of enforcement cases.

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The Article 8 rights of sex offenders

24 February 2011

A recent decision of the Supreme Court has unleashed a populist wave directed at the European Court of Human Rights and European judges generally.

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A slightly happier ending for non-deliberate market abuser

23 February 2011

I wrote on 2 February about David Massey and his partial success before the Tribunal.

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Forced sterilisation case heard in public

Published on 22 February 2011. By Clare Jaycock, Director of Risk & Compliance

On 15 February 2011 Hedley J ordered that a case proceeding in the Court of Protection which featured medical information of the highest sensitivity should be held in open court.

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Max Mosley and the public interest in exposing hypocrisy

Published on 22 February 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In an interesting interview with the Financial Times, the UK's most indomitable privacy claimant, Max Mosley, challenges the notion that there might be a public interest in exposing hypocrisy.

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Section 404 and the single firm

21 February 2011

When the FSA decided against turning the endowments and PPI mis-selling problems into formal s.404 reviews (akin to the Pensions Review), it was assumed s.404 would remain in the regulatory tool-box; an idle threat that the FSA would struggle to put into action.

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Lloyds Bank's £500m problem is the first 'single firm consumer redress scheme'

21 February 2011

Lloyds Bank announced today that it has agreed an estimated £500m 'customer review and contact programme' relating to potentially confusing information about the Halifax standard variable mortgage rate between 2004 and 2007.

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FSA does its little bit to help the Middle East

18 February 2011

Political instability in any country can result in sudden cash or asset movements out of the jurisdiction.

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FSA avoids April Fool!

17 February 2011

The FSA has announced that it will begin the process of reorganisation to create a new prudential business unit and consumer and markets business unit on 4 April.

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Meteor hit by arbitrary FOS decision

15 February 2011

The industry press has reported that Meteor Asset Management had a complaint upheld by FOS about advice on Lehmans structured products because they apparently failed to disclose the downgrade in credit rating (to below Standard & Poor’s A+ grade) and, consequently, the advice was unsuitable thereafter.

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A victory for financial services firms who play by the rules

11 February 2011

In the recent case of Michael Duthie Wilson, PS Trustees Ltd v MF Global UK Limited, GNI Limited (In Members' Voluntary Liquidation) [2011] EWHC 138 (QB) it was held that financial investment brokers had complied with the COB rules when the Claimants as 'intermediate customers' and were not liable for trading losses suffered by them.

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No privacy in Tweets

Published on 10 February 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Publicly accessible postings on Twitter and other social media are not private, according to rulings by the Press Complaints Commission.

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ICO fines councils for losing laptops

10 February 2011

On 8 February 2011 the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) issued two monetary penalty notices for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act.

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Extended warranty cover plans in breach of s.19 FSMA

09 February 2011

The FSA's recent action in Re Digital Satellite Warranty Cover Ltd to wind up companies with 'public interest' petitions for carrying on insurance business without FSA authorisation, in breach of the general prohibition in s.19 FSMA, demonstrates its willingness to take robust action to tackle those who attack the perimeter by engaging in regulated activities without authorisation.

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Supreme Court welcomes Twitter

08 February 2011

The use of Twitter is now officially sanctioned in the Supreme Court.

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An innocent crime? FSA's fine for market abuse halved by Upper Tribunal

02 February 2011

The Upper Tribunal has ruled that the FSA was too harsh when fining a former banker for market abuse.

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Shock decision: sportsman not unmasked

Published on 01 February 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The identity of the sportsman officially known as JIH remains confidential.

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Anonymity proposed for teachers accused by pupils

31 January 2011

The controversial Education Bill was published on 26 January 2011.

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The FSA sets new standards of professionalism

31 January 2011

The FSA's Policy Statement on professionalism (part of the RDR) was published on 20 January 2011.

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Blanket reporting restriction set aside by Court of Appeal

Published on 31 January 2011.

The Court of Appeal has discharged an order the effect of which would have been to postpone the reporting of an important criminal case for several months.

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Legal Ombudsman swamped by complaints against claims management companies (CMCs)

Published on 27 January 2011. By Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation

The Legal Ombudsman, which launched in October 2010 under rules similar to the FOS' DISP regime, recently reported to a professional negligence conference that some 20,000 enquiries were received in its first few months.

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Phone-hacking claims - a new legal pursuit

Published on 26 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The pack of lawyers representing the alleged victims of phone hacking by the News of the World seems to grow on an almost weekly basis.

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CASS pain for BarCap

26 January 2011

The FSA has fined Barclays Capital for client money breaches.

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A mass outbreak of anonymity: CDE and FGH v MGN and LMN

Published on 20 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

It is not unusual for claimants in privacy cases to be anonymised. It is less common for defendants and distinctly unusual for non-parties.

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ECtHR upholds Campbell v MGN

Published on 18 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Just under seven years after the House of Lords found by 3 to 2 against the Daily Mirror in the landmark privacy case by Naomi Campbell, the European Court of Human Rights has rejected MGN's attempt to persuade it that UK law was incompatible with Article 10.

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No exclusion of bereaved families from 7/7 inquest

14 January 2011

The Divisional Court has refused the Government's application for judicial review of the 7/7 Coroner's decision not to exclude victims' families from the court during its private sessions.

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7/7 footage withheld from public to protect privacy of victims and their families

14 January 2011

The Coroner conducting the inquest into the terror attacks in London on 7 July 2005 has ordered that certain footage shown in court of the aftermath of the 7/7 attacks should not be released to the media.

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Super-injunctions - an update

Published on 14 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Super-injunctions are injunctions that prevent publication of the fact that the court has made an injunction.

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Should the parties in privacy cases be anonymised? - a summary of the recent judgments

Published on 14 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Since the end of the summer at least eight judgments have considered whether the parties to successful applications for privacy injunctions should be anonymised.

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Anonymity of egg and sperm donors

Published on 13 January 2011. By Clare Jaycock, Director of Risk & Compliance

A survey by Manchester Fertility Services highlights issues of privacy concerning egg and sperm donation.

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No injunction for local authority that failed to give notice to media

Published on 12 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

A judge has refused to make an order gagging media organisations who were not given proper notice of the application for the order.

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Media access to Court of Protection

Published on 12 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Independent newspaper has won the right to attend and report on a case in the Court of Protection.

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UK referred to ECJ over internet privacy

Published on 12 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

On 30 September 2010 the European Commission announced that it referred the UK to the European Court of Justice for its alleged failure to implement EU laws on the confidentiality of electronic communications such as emails or internet browsing.

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Use (and abuse?) of anti-terrorism powers by police

Published on 12 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

A Home Office report on the operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation has revealed that in 2009/10 a total of 101,248 stop-and-searches were made pursuant to s40 of the Terrorism Act 2000, but not one of the stop-and-searches resulted in an arrest being made on a terrorism charge.

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Computer hacker fined £21,000

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

A computer hacker who admitted offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 has been fined £21,000 and given a 36-week prison sentence suspended for two years.

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New report on the 'Surveillance Society'

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Information Commissioner has expressed concern over the lack of scrutiny of new laws affecting privacy.

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Undercover reporting - 'Cablegate'

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

On 20 December 2010 the Daily Telegraph published a report based on secretly recorded conversations with the Business Secretary Vince Cable.

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Google escapes fine over Street View breach

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

Google's Street View service has escaped a financial penalty despite being found to breach the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

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Public access to documents in criminal cases

Published on 11 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The Administrative Court has upheld the decision of a district judge to refuse the press access to documents placed before a magistrates court in connection with extradition proceedings

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Van Morrison gets privacy injunction

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

The musician Van Morrison has obtained an injunction against the News of the World to prevent the publication of private information apparently disclosed to the newspaper by a tradesman working at the musician's house.

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Privacy judgment in Northern Ireland

Published on 10 January 2011. By Keith Mathieson, Partner

In King v Sunday Newspapers (Northern Ireland High Court, WEA7948), following a High Court trial before Weatherup J, the claimant obtained an injunction preventing publication of his home address and certain further information about his family.

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