Legal and Regulatory News

Updates on the latest legal and regulatory developments


Impact of Brexit on UK Telecoms

The UK's vote to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016 will have limited impact on the regulation of the UK telecoms sector for at least the next two years whilst the terms of Brexit are settled.

27 June 2016

A patent attorney on Brexit...

The UK has voted to remove itself from the ever tighter political union in Europe. It is likely to remain a full Member of the European Union (EU) for up to two years while it negotiates a new relationship with the EU. 

24 June 2016


London Repair Garage found to infringe BMW’s Trade Mark Rights

The well-known German car manufacturer, BMW, brought successful trade mark infringement proceedings against an independent car repair garage, based in North West London. Technosport London Ltd. (“TLL”), serviced and repaired all makes of car, but specialised in BMWs (advertising themselves as “The BMW Specialists”). 

23 June 2016


'Risk-free' bet claims land operators in hot water

Recent action by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (‘ASA’) against William Hill over the promotion of ‘risk-free’ bets has highlighted the risks involved for operators advertising ‘risk-free’ bets and similar promotions such as ‘free bets’ and ‘free bonus.’  The ASA’s enforcement on this matter, alongside its decision in a similar matter involving Sky Vegas, add to the regulatory landscape around  gambling advertising in the UK.  Here, Anna Soilleux and Emily Dorotheou of Olswang LLP consider the William Hill and Sky Vegas claims, and provide some practical tips for operators on what to do and what not to do when it comes to gambling promotions.

20 June 2016


Brexit (and other risks): Have you done your planning?

As the vote day looms, there are very few certainties.  The only clear facts are the effects on sterling and stock markets now.  Whether that is a response to Brexit or other factors, investors are clearly responding to heightened risk...

15 June 2016


Remote Gambling: updates to the Testing Strategy

At the end of May 2016 the Gambling Commission announced various updates to the Testing strategy for compliance with remote gambling and software technical standards (the "Testing Strategy"), following a consultation in December last year. Whilst most of the changes clarify existing obligations, the inclusion of a new section on return to player (RTP) monitoring and an annual games testing audit will be of particular interest to operators.

13 June 2016


Court of Appeal upholds anti-suit injunction granted against "victim" attempting to take advantage of foreign direct action laws

In Shipowners Mutual Protection And Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) v Containerships Denizcilik Nakliyat Ve Ticaret A.S. [2016] EWCA Civ 386, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by Containerships (the "Charterers") against an anti-suit injunction restraining proceedings in Turkey against the claimant P&I Club.  The court confirmed that in circumstances where a third party seeks to enforce rights granted under an agreement containing an arbitration or jurisdiction clause, such enforcement should be in accordance with those contractual requirements.  The court will seek to restrain proceedings brought in breach of such clauses, save in circumstances where there is good reason for the clause to be avoided. 

09 June 2016

Film & TV

Auto enrolment: impact for film and television production companies

Between now and 1 February 2018, all employers in the UK who have not already done so will be required to auto-enrol their “eligible jobholders” into a “qualifying pension scheme” and pay employer contributions in respect of them.  The exact date from which each employer will have to comply will depend on when they were established and the number of employees that they have. 

07 June 2016


Managing your team to victory during the European Championship 2016

With kick-off on 10 June 2016, for the next few weeks the European Referendum debate will share the news headlines with another European event – Euro 2016.  Gripped by football fever, many employees will wish to watch their team play and will take time off to do so – some arranging this officially, others, not so officially.  It's not just the teams who need a well thought out game plan; employers also need to keep their team selection just right and ensure they are onside throughout the whole 90 minutes.

06 June 2016

The last laugh: Series marks not incompatible with EU Directive, says Court of Appeal in Glee

 In the latest instalment of the court battle concerning the popular TV series 'glee', the Court of Appeal has considered the compatibility of section 41 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 (which allows a series of trade marks to be registered) with Articles 2 and 3 of the Trade Marks Directive 2008/95/EC (Comic Enterprises Ltd v Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation [2016] EWCA Civ 455

02 June 2016

Real Estate

A New Electronic Communications Code – the Government’s position

The Government has provided its response to the views of stakeholders on its consultation on a new Electronic Communications Code. The standout point is the new approach to wayleave valuation which will favour operators. This is a key plank of the Government’s strategy to incentivise investment in digital infrastructure. There is no fixed date for when the new Code will take effect (we have as yet not seen the latest form of the new Code as part of the Digital Economy Bill), but the Government is committed to implementing the new regime through primary legislation at the earliest possible opportunity.  

02 June 2016

German Motion Picture Fund


German Motion Picture Fund

With effect from January 2016, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy established the German Motion Picture Fund (“GMPF”), a new incentive scheme to strengthen the German film industry...

27 May 2016

Film and TV in Malaysia The Opportunity for Productions

Film & TV

Film and TV in Malaysia The Opportunity for Productions

The “Film in Malaysia Incentive” (FIMI) is the Malaysian Government’s incentive for film, television and other screen production activity conducted in Malaysia and is intended to encourage support for the Malaysian content production industry...


27 May 2016

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