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People with Significant Control - AIM Companies brought within the PSC regime12 July 2017
UK companies listed on AIM were previously exempt from the obligation to keep a register of people with significant control (PSCs), but recent changes mean they will have to have a register from 24 July 2017 onwards.
The Gambling Commission serve some stark warnings to operators10 July 2017
The Gambling Commission has slapped its first advertising-related fine against an online gambling operator for advertising that was deemed to fall foul of social responsibility rules and come to a settlement with another operator.
The ICO cracking down on the use of personal data to promote online gambling10 July 2017
The ICO has learned that there has been a "large numbers of spam texts linked to the gambling sector", and is therefore clamping down on how companies/affiliates use personal data to promote online gambling.
The CMA’s fight with online gambling companies10 July 2017
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is upping the ante against online gambling companies by increasing its enforcement action against those suspected of breaching consumer law. The CMA believes that often customers are not getting the deal they expected when signing up, due to misleading promotions and unfair terms within the promotion.
People with Significant Control - changes in force from Monday 26 June 201729 June 2017
With very little advance notice as to the detail, notable changes regarding the disclosure regime for people with significant control (PSCs) of UK companies and LLPs came into force on Monday 26 June 2017.
EU Commission publishes final report into e-commerce25 May 2017
We reported last year on the European Commission’s preliminary report into the e-commerce sector. The Commission has now released its final report, which will be of particular interest to any businesses involved in online retail or digital content.
Lewis Silkin expert speaking at The Great Escape 201710 May 2017
We are delighted to announce that Nigel Dewar Gibb will be speaking at The Great Escape, as part of the Royalties Conference, on Friday 19 May.
Will you pass the red face test? - Naming and shaming of late payers has now arrived09 May 2017
From 6 April this year, all large UK companies (and limited liability partnerships) are now subject to a new regime which requires them to publish, on a Government website, detailed reports on their supplier payment policies and practices. The Regulations are designed to create public transparency of large businesses’ payment policies and practices, primarily for the benefit of small and medium-sized suppliers.
Lewis Silkin acts for Sans Frontieres Associates on their investments from Dods Group Plc and Lord Timothy Bell
Deal02 May 2017
Lewis Silkin has advised Sans Frontieres Associates, the international, strategic communications consulting company, on its set up and on the investments received from Dods Group Plc and Lord Timothy Bell. Sans Frontieres Associates is a London based company which began trading in January 2017, founded by Jonathan Lehrle, former partner of Bell Pottinger.
How to deal with Twitter spats: Katie Hopkins' expensive mistake
Press04 April 2017
Joint Managing Partner, Giles Crown, and Senior Associate, Oliver Fairhurst have written an article for The Lawyer Monthly which comments on Katie Hopkins' recent twitter spat turned libel battle with food blogger Jack Monroe.
James Gill comments for Real Business: What you should know about naming and shaming of late payers
Press04 April 2017
Head of Lewis Silkin's Commercial and Technology group, James Gill has written an article for Real Business on the latest payment reporting regulations that came into force this month.
What game creators need to know about protecting their brands30 March 2017
We have written an article for GamesIndustry.biz, one of the leading websites for news and information about the global video games industry. The article comments on a recent kart racing suit filed by Nintendo and offers advice for game companies.
Lewis Silkin announces launch of LS Live seminars for live events industry
Press Release23 March 2017
Top 100 UK law firm Lewis Silkin LLP has launched LS Live, a new seminar series which deals with legal issues in the live entertainment industry: from live music to theatre, experiential to sport, product launches to festivals, and exhibitions to one-off global events.
Nigel Dewar Gibb comments for Music & Copyright: Copyright issues in audio streaming stem from complicated digital royalty structures
Press03 March 2017
Nigel Dewar Gibb has written an article for Music & Copyright, a fortnightly research service covering global copyright and legal issues affecting the music industry.
“(Section 55) Shades of Gray” - using the Data Protection Act to prevent employees misusing or taking data27 February 2017
A recent case has highlighted a potentially helpful mechanism in the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) for employers to use if they are concerned about employees taking data when they leave.
Supreme Court upholds spouse minimum income requirement22 February 2017
The Immigration Rules regulate immigration of non-Europeans into the UK. Under the Rules, a non-EEA spouse must earn £18,600 each year before being allowed to join their partner in the UK. The lawfulness of this “minimum income requirement” has been scrutinised and ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court, although with some criticism.
Changes to EU law around the regulation of On Demand Video07 December 2016
25 May 2016: The European Commission has proposed wording for the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)
Lewis Silkin advises Haymarket Media Group on the sale of its motorsport division to Motorsport Network
Deal25 November 2016
Lewis Silkin has advised long-standing client Haymarket Media Group, the privately held media company, on the sale of its motorsport division to Motorsport Network, a specialist online motor racing content and events company.
Protect against Defamation and Privacy actions
Inbrief15 November 2016
The law of defamation and also the law of privacy is at a watershed. Since the beginning of 2010 the media have stepped up their campaign for a change in our laws, for more flexibility and a greater ability for freedom of expression to be paramount. This has been much more evident since the Human Rights Act 1998 incorporated the European Convention of Human Rights. This inbrief is intended to show how best to try and avoid a letter before action and a claim, when legal advice is appropriate and what to do when you get a complaint.
Video commerce the next frontier for retailers08 November 2016
Retailers are increasingly becoming broadcasters and looking to sell their goods via shoppable videos and other platforms.