BEREC report on enabling M2M and IoT: Affecting the M2M value chain

On 1 October, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) issued its draft report, which examines how the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine Communication (M2M) services can best thrive. All providers in the M2M value chain should be aware of the proposals made by BEREC as they have the potential to affect (positively and negatively, depending on the role that provider plays) how M2M services will be provided and M2M business models in the future.

Restructuring & Insolvency

Greater protection to essential supplies of insolvent businesses

The Insolvency (Protection of Essential Supplies) Order 2015 (the "Order") came into effect on 1 October 2015 and applies to supply contracts entered into on or after that date.

The Order amends the Insolvency Act 1986 (the "1986 Act") to give greater protection to certain essential supplies to insolvent businesses. This briefing note deals with the Order's impact on corporate insolvency.


Online gambling: new developments in the European Union

While the European online gambling market continues to expand, it remains one of the few economic sectors which lacks coherent crossborder regulation. Even with the new EU Commission’s extensive plans to break down barriers to online trade between Member States, online gambling is still viewed as too contentious politically for harmonised regulation to be accepted by the twenty-eight EU Member States. Consequently, operators offering their services in the EU face high compliance costs and uncertainty over the legality of their operations in certain territories. For consumers accustomed to having unfettered access to goods and services on the Internet, the lack of coherence is confusing...

Olswang interviews UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Mance

To coincide with the 10-year anniversary this month of his appointment as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, Olswang Associates Cathryn Hopkins and Ryan Dolby-Stevens interviewed Lord Mance. The interview, which originally appeared on the UKSC Blog, took place over the summer at the Supreme Court in Lord Mance’s office, which overlooks Parliament Square. It was a fascinating exchange and we hope you will enjoy our highlighted extracts below.

Competition & Regulatory

Practical guide to competition damages claims in the UK

The UK's system for the enforcement of competition law through the courts (as an alternative or in addition to a complaint to a regulator) is set to be overhauled by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which entered into force today, on 1 October 2015.  The reforms contained in the Act aim to make it easier for claimants to bring damages claims in the UK against parties which have been found to have infringed competition law, either at UK or EU level.  Competition law claims can include damages claims against cartel members, businesses which have entered into anticompetitive agreements, or businesses which have abused a dominant market position.  

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