Industry Sector Insight

Views, market intelligence and trends in our industry sectors

Data Protection

Data about data? UK competition regulator launches call for information on consumer data

The UK Competition regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority, has just launched a call for information into the commercial use of consumer data. Given the exponential rise of data as a business asset in the digital age, competition regulators and commentators have been talking about personal data as a potential anti-trust issue for some time; this inquiry is a first step in the direction of potential competition intervention in an area hitherto the preserve of privacy regulators.  Businesses wishing to share information with the CMA (and the wider world) about how they collect and monetise data have until 6 March to respond.

29 January 2015

Gambling advertising

Gambling advertising in 2014 and what to expect in 2015


The changes to gambling regulation in Great Britain brought about as a result of the introduction of the point of consumption regime, combined with increased scrutiny from a number of regulators meant that those responsible for gambling advertising campaigns had a very busy 2014.

23 January 2015


Are privacy superinjunctions now obsolete?

Once a popular method of preventing publication, superinjunctions have all but disappeared. Changes in the law, the press and the ubiquity of social media all played a part.

23 January 2015

Real Estate

New Draft Electronic Communications Code

Out of the blue, the latest change introduced on 13 January 2015 to the Infrastructure Bill currently going through Parliament is to include a new Electronics Communications Code to replace the existing one in Schedule 2 to the Telecommunications Act 1984...

16 January 2015


Thomson Reuters publishes Sourcing World 2nd Edition

Thomson Reuters has published a second edition of the popular guide Sourcing World, which acts as a tool for understanding and comparing the outsourcing markets of 24 jurisdictions across the globe.

12 January 2015

Guardian partnership: Olswang Changing Business hub and partner zone

We have launched a new content platform in partnership with the Guardian, the world's second largest digital newspaper, the Changing Business Hub. This hub explores how the media, technology and telecoms industries are evolving globally and negotiating new challenges and opportunities with regulators, customers and society. 

05 January 2015


ICO launches survey into medical devices

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) launched an informal survey in November into the current practices relating to the use of data-enabled medical devices and apps...

30 December 2014


Limited recourse: limited effect?

Limited recourse provisions in finance documents have been viewed as providing protection for borrowers and lenders alike against the risk of insolvency. For borrowers and their directors, insolvency may give rise to risk of civil or criminal liability. Lenders may agree to limit recourse to the borrower's assets to avoid the possibility of claw back actions affecting their recoveries.

Following the observation of the Supreme Court in the Eurosail case (BNY Corporate Trustee Service Limited and others v Eurosail - UK 2007 - 3BL Plc and others [2013] UKSC 28) that a post enforcement call option (PECO) (a structure used in certain securitisations to replicate limited recourse) would not protect against insolvency, the decision of the High Court in ARM Asset Backed Securities S.A. [2013] EWHC 3351 Ch, raises new concerns...

23 December 2014

Medialawcamp 2014 - Berlin

Social Media

Medialawcamp 2014 - Berlin

Our #medialawcamp on 7 November 2014 in Berlin focused on social media and the marketing, user and legal issues that come with it. Together with experts and representatives from different sectors, attendees discussed upcoming trends and daily challenges in marketing communication. 

08 December 2014

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