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What Sponsors can learn from the 2022 World Cup beer fiasco: JJ Shaw writes for LawInSport
Press07 March 2023
Following the 2022 World Cup beer fiasco, JJ Shaw looks at the different methods that sponsoring entities can implement in order to protect their interests.
Could UK build a national large language AI model to power tools like ChatGPT? James Gill comments for Tech Monitor
Press23 February 2023
Countries around the world are developing national AI models. Industry experts say Britain should do the same.
Advertising Regulation – what’s coming up?11 January 2023
In an increasingly complex legal and regulatory landscape, ensuring you are prepared for the latest regulatory changes will be key to future-proofing your business.
Controversial NI Protocol Bill passed – EU turns up the heat by issuing further legal action against UK27 July 2022
Nothing that concerns Brexit and Northern Ireland (NI) was ever going to be straightforward, given the potentially divisive and disruptive nature of any arrangements relating to the latter in the context of trying to reach a deal on the former.
Recruiting games talent from overseas: Lewis Silkin Comments for GamesIndustry.biz15 July 2022
Nick Allan, Lee Nair and Kayleigh Williams highlight legal pitfalls and tips for making the direct hire of remote employees a success.
Treading the payment tightrope: can you still rely on the ‘limited network exclusion’ or might you now need a licence to carry out regulated payment services?13 April 2022
The European Banking Authority (EBA) has recently published final guidelines on the application of the limited network exclusion (LNE) under the revised Payment Services Directive ((EU) 2015/2366) (PSD2). The guidelines apply to national competent authorities (NCA), which post-Brexit does not include the UK FCA. The UK FCA published its updated guidance on the application of the LNE under the Payment Services Regulations 2017 (PSRs) in November 2021, through PS21/19, PERG 15 of its Perimeter Guidance manual, and the latest version of its Payment Services and Electronic Money - Our Approach document.
Act now or pay later? FCA publishes important guidance on ensuring fair terms in unregulated Buy Now Pay Later credit agreements24 February 2022
In relation to unregulated “Buy Now, Pay Later” (BNPL) credit agreements, the government has consulted and intends to bring these products within the scope of regulation
Buy Now Pay Later: FCA regulation appears to be looming. What might this mean for those offering this form of payment option?29 October 2021
Businesses that offer regulated credit agreements must be authorised to do so by the UK’s FCA and must comply with relevant FCA rules as well as requirements in the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and subsidiary legislation.
Lewis Silkin recognised with top rankings in Chambers UK 2022 for Employment, Media and Entertainment: Advertising and Marketing, and Intellectual Property: Law Firms with Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
Press21 October 2021
Lewis Silkin’s performance in the sector continues to improve following a strong performance in Legal 500, earning 69 individual and practice rankings – of which 6 are top tier practice rankings and 5 are new entries or improvements.
Lewis Silkin receives tier 1 ranking in Legal 500 UK 2022 for Employment, M&A and Media and Entertainment
Press01 October 2021
Lewis Silkin continues to receive strong recognition in the latest Legal 500 UK guide released yesterday, earning 67 individual lawyer and practice rankings – of which 7 are top tier practice rankings, 3 were new entries and 7 were improvements on last year.
Lewis Silkin has advised BGF on a £14 million investment in Victorian Sliders.
Deal03 September 2021
Lewis Silkin has advised BGF on a £14 million investment in Victorian Sliders, a South Wales based business which is the UK’s only fully integrated, specialist manufacturer of uPVC sash windows.
Misrepresentation: the pitfalls of pre-contract statements
Inbrief21 July 2021
Prior to the conclusion of a contract parties will often make statements to each other - during negotiations, in tender documents and in a variety of other ways. Most pre-contract statements are carefully considered. But sometimes statements are made which are false or misleading. When false statements induce an innocent party to enter into a contract the consequences can be serious.
COVID-19 advice for corporate occupiers16 June 2021
Commercial tenants – whether occupying offices, retail premises, industrial units or other property - face potentially existential questions arising out of their landlord and tenant relations, how to manage cashflow and outgoings as revenues dry up, premises shut down and uncertainty reigns.
De-risking Digital Business Dreams: James Gill, Victor Timon and Helen Hart write for ICLG - Digital Business Laws and Regulations 2021
Press08 June 2021
It is undisputed that the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the pace of digital change. Since then, many consider that at least 10 years' development has taken place. Last year's Guide neatly highlighted five key forces of disruption that are set to transform businesses, including 5G and with it, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Autonomy, Hybridity and Blockchain. These remain highly relevant.
UK product certification post Brexit11 May 2021
A consequence of the UK leaving the EU which has perhaps attracted less attention than other areas, such as border checks, is the new regime for product certification. Under EU law, many products must carry the CE mark to show that they are safe and comply with relevant laws.
Will a court force a party to perform its contractual obligations?08 April 2021
As businesses start to get back to some kind of normality, they must be alive to their options if faced with a counterparty unable to comply with its contractual obligations in an uncertain economy. The usual remedy in such a scenario would be for the innocent party to sue the defaulting party for the loss and damage suffered as a result of the other party’s failure to fulfil its obligations.
Did contractual dispute resolution clauses have immunity from the effects of Covid-19 and the lockdown restrictions?08 April 2021
As businesses plan to recommence operations, they must consider the legal implications of any action taken or contemplated to preserve contracts and business relationships and be alive to the potential consequences of action threatened or taken by other contracting parties. The actual or perceived amenable approach taken by some during the pressure of lockdown may quickly evaporate as the country returns to some sort of normality. This combined with economic uncertainty is likely to result in an increase in disputes.
Can a contract be terminated if the effects of COVID-19 have prevented performance?08 April 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on businesses worldwide. Lockdown, restrictions, disruption to supply chains, increased pressure on cashflow and reduced capacity have all affected the ability of businesses to fulfil contractual obligations. Despite best efforts to co-operate, preserve contracts and maintain business relationships, as we emerge from lockdown and gradually return to some sort of normality, many will find themselves in a position where their counterparty remains unable to perform its obligations and will be in breach of contract.
Under pressure: what kind of pressure makes a contract unenforceable?08 April 2021
Even as lockdown eases, multiple periods of restrictions over a sustained period and the wider economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have made the performance of many commercial contracts very difficult, if not impossible. As a result, some parties have sought to avoid their obligations altogether, whilst others may seek to amend them as they begin their post-lockdown operations.
But you promised! Even without a written contract, promises can be enforced and rights given up.08 April 2021
Broken promises in commercial life can leave businesses in real difficulties. That feels particularly unfair when a party’s only mistake was to take the other at its word. Which is why in the normal course of things businesses should have written contracts to remove risk and uncertainty.