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Frustrating Times: Coronavirus and Commercial Contracts

With the World Health Organisation classifying COVID-19 as a pandemic, and governments encouraging ‘social distancing,’ businesses are understandably concerned about the economic impact it will have. Interruptions in supply chains, delays, travel disruptions and threats to the labour force are commonplace right now. 

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California and Data Protection

California’s data protection law went into effect on 1 January, 2020. It is far and away the most robust piece of legislation dealing with consumer privacy in the United States. While the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) applies primarily to California businesses, it will likely have some knock-on effects for anyone who does business within the United States, especially when dealing with personal data.

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Novation v Assignment

You may have seen the headlines about Jingye, a Chinese conglomerate, recently acquiring long-suffering British Steel with promises of a huge £1.2 billion investment over the next decade. When a takeover occurs, whether with a major conglomeration or a small start-up, standard corporate transactions and due diligence are matters we typically handle. But, we also frequently advise on how to deal with the company’s commercial contracts during a change of control. Generally, there will be either an assignment or a novation.AssignmentThe assignment (or the assignation, if you’re in Scotland) of a contract will not transfer the entire contract to a third...
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Megan Markle

Royal CopyrightRecently, a former actress best known for her role as a lawyer in a hard-hitting law firm made waves by filing her own, personal high-profile lawsuit. Meghan Markle, former Suits actress and current Duchess of Sussex, brought a court action against Associated Newspapers, the parent company to some of the largest tabloids in the United Kingdom, after it published a letter she had written to her father last year.Her claim involves issues of copyright infringement, among other assertions of invasion of privacy. There is no doubt this case is salacious – but does her claim of copyright infringement have merit?Copyright...
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Facial Recognition Technology

The new data protection regime has created unique concerns about the implementation of cutting-edge technology in surveillance and policing. The High Court recently heard a case dealing with live facial recognition technology used by South Wales Police (SWP).Ed Bridges of Cardiff, Wales, (with the assistance of human rights organisation, Liberty) filed a lawsuit against the SWP, alleging that his rights had been violated after they used facial recognition technology. He asserted that he had been recorded without his permission at least twice while he was using public thoroughfares in Cardiff (once for shopping and once for attending a political rally). While...
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