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ICO bolsters protection rights for children in the digital world with the introduction of a new Age Appropriate Design Code

Thomas Edwards |

Following a lengthy consultation process, the Information Commissioner’s Office has this month published the draft Age Appropriate Design Code (the Code). The Code, which is designed to be read alongside the existing provisions of the GDPR, and the Data Protection Act 2018, is intended to bolster the standards online services should meet to protect children’s […]


Fladgate advises Caspian Sunrise plc on the purchase of specialist drilling vessel in Kazakhstan

Paul Airley, David Baverstock |

Fladgate has advised oil and gas exploration and production company Caspian Sunrise plc (LON:CASP) on the acquisition of the “Caspian Explorer” for a total consideration of US$25 million payable in shares. The “Caspian Explorer” is a vessel capable of drilling exploration wells in the extremely shallow waters of the Caspian Sea. Caspian Sunrise has focused […]


Trade Marks and Brexit

Ben Milloy |

What happens to EU trade marks after Brexit? A mere three and a half years after the 2016 referendum on membership of the European Union, the UK looks set to “leave” the EU on 31 January 2020. Instead of exiting without a deal (which at one stage looked distinctly possible), the UK’s departure will be […]


An employment lawyer's review of the Samira Ahmed victory against the BBC

Mike Tremeer |

Samira Ahmed successful in equal pay case against the BBC On Friday 10 January 2020, the London Central Employment Tribunal delivered its much-anticipated judgment in the equal pay case pursued by journalist Samira Ahmed.  This follows the hearing that took place in October and November 2019 and which attracted widespread media attention (as you might […]


New guidance aimed at Irish organisations when contracting with cloud service providers

Tim Wright, Joshua Bennett |

Businesses are increasingly using cloud services for an ever-growing range of IT and related services, often categorised as Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructures as a Service (IaaS), and as Platform a Service (PaaS). Key characteristics of cloud services often include internet delivery of the services, self-provisioning, elasticity (i.e. on-demand) and subscription models. Another distinction […]


Reviving a brand? A reminder to ensure it is put to genuine use

Alexandra Cooke |

The case of Aiwa Co. Ltd v Aiwa Corporation is a useful reminder to brand owners, particularly those who are looking to revive a brand, of what amounts to “genuine use” of a registered trade mark. The case particularly considers whether the sale of second-hand goods by third parties in the UK can constitute genuine […]


Swiss banks given green light for outsourcing

Tim Wright |

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has implemented changes to its supervisory requirements in relation to outsourcing solutions at banks, securities dealers and insurance companies (referred to as companies). FINMA issued a revision[1] to Circular 2018/3 “Outsourcing – banks and insurers” (the Outsourcing Circular) which came into effect on 1 January 2020 although there […]


Harry and Meghan's trade mark problem - third party jumps on the bandwagon and applies to register same mark in the EU to cover "jewellery" and "beer"

Michelle Waknine |

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex submitted a trade mark application with the World Intellectual Property Office last year to register “SUSSEX ROYAL” in the UK, EU, Australia, Canada and the US. The application covers a range of goods and services in six classes, including printed publications; clothing; promotional and public awareness campaigns; volunteer projects […]


Is your outsourcing strategy fit for 2020? Take a fresh look at the Vested® model

Tim Wright, Michelle Waknine, Joshua Bennett |

The award-winning Vested® outsourcing/business model has been around since around the end of the noughties. In case you are not familiar with it, the Vested[1] model and movement grew out of pioneering research and development by a team at the University of Tennessee. Their research looked at companies that worked with business partners and were […]


Fladgate hires new dispute resolution partner

Bree Taylor |

Fladgate is delighted to announce the appointment of commercial litigation and international arbitration specialist John Evans as a partner in the Firm’s Dispute Resolution department. John brings with him a wealth of international commercial arbitration experience spanning across Europe, the US, Africa, Russia and the CIS. He has acted for both claimants and respondents in […]


Fladgate leads private investors to victory in Privy Council

Mark Buckley |

Fladgate has successfully led its client Peepul Capital Fund II LLC and Millenium Strategic Group Limited (“the investors”) to victory in a $23 million worth share dispute case against VSoft Holdings LLC, a Georgia-based digital banking software company. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the highest appellate court for UK territories, ruled that VSoft […]


Notice To Complete - What Are The Buyers Options

Zevi Prager |

Introduction In the current property market deals are taking longer to agree, exchange and complete which is a source of frustration for all parties involved.  Completion can be delayed because buyers struggle to get their funding (either from banks or investors) lined up in time for completion.  This leads to the contractual completion date passing […]