Two interesting developments in the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica story

There have been two interesting and potentially significant developments in the ongoing Facebook/Cambridge Analytica story. One is Facebook’s announcement that it is appealing a UK penalty for data misuse. The other is that information relating to Facebook was seized from a business person visiting the UK by a UK parliamentary committee investigating Facebook in respect…

Postman Pat and… the law of merchandise

Back in 1994 the journalist Nick Davies wrote a fascinating piece about John Cunliffe, the creator of Postman Pat, who has just died. Davies described how Cunliffe sold his rights to his creation: “[Cunliffe] agreed that Woodland Animations could make films and produce merchandise, while he would still have the right to produce books providing they…

Thinking and writing and advising about Brexit

As well as being a senior consultant here at Preiskel, I am a writer and journalist about law and policy matters.  Since June I have been writing a lot about Brexit. Brexit is, for me, fascinating.  There is complexity, as it brings together policy and law, trade and economics, and political and constitutional issues.  And…

Is Big Data the next target for competition law enforcement?

Is Big Data the next target for competition law enforcement? by Tim Cowen   Speaking at a recent conference in Germany  Margrethe Vestager, EU Competition Commissioner warned that control of data may be a source of market power: “..if just a few companies control the data you need to satisfy customers and cut costs, that could…

Why are litigation letters often so dreadful?

There is no genre of literature more dismal – more utterly depressing to read – than the letters of litigation solicitors. Every day hundreds, perhaps thousands, of these wearisome missives are compiled and dispatched.  And many contain the most insincere and heart-sinking language. The authors of this dreadful correspondence will invariably profess themselves “surprised” or…