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Greater protection to essential supplies of insolvent businesses

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.

06 October 2015


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...

06 October 2015

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.

05 October 2015

Updated Guide to Advertising Gambling in Great Britain

The advertising of gambling products is tightly regulated in Great Britain. Advertisers will need to be aware of the diverse restrictions that apply to them, including those that govern when, where and how they can advertise their products.

To view our recently updated guide, please click here.

30 September 2015


Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations 2016: An Overview of the EU Regulatory Framework

The EU Regulatory Framework for electronic communications networks and services (the “Regulatory Framework”) is the basis for all national telecommunications laws in the EU Member States. The Regulatory Framework provides general and technology neutral rules applying to all electronic communications networks and services covering fixed and wireless telecoms, data transmission and broadcasting transmission...

25 September 2015


Paving the way for superfast broadband

With an increasing need for high-speed broadband to meet the demands of connectivity, Purvi Parekh, partner at Olswang LLP and head of its international telecoms practice, considers the legal issues surrounding the rollout of superfast broadband across the UK.

02 September 2015


M&A activity could signal start of a wave of consolidation

Two recent proposed transactions have highlighted what many analysts are predicting could be a wave of consolidation in the online gambling industry. Ladbrokes’ proposed merger with Gala Coral, and the tussle between 888 Holdings plc and GVC Holdings plc to acquire, represent what many believe will be the first of a series of high-stakes M&A bets, in response to amongst other things the higher taxation and increased competition faced by operators, particularly as a result of the recent regulatory changes to the UK market. In this article, Rob Willis and Charles Turnham of Olswang LLP examine the drivers behind these deals and the lessons to be learnt.

21 August 2015

The rise of wearable tech: seamless transition or legal problems to come?


The rise of wearable tech: seamless transition or legal problems to come?

Wearable technology has moved from watches, glasses and fitness bands to being integrated into garments, providing greater connectedness and even greater disclosure of personal data. But the fusion of fashion and technology isn’t a seamless one, and multiple legal concerns have arisen over intellectual property and copyright, as well as consumer privacy and security.

12 August 2015

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