The Metaverse: EU’s Regulatory Plans to promote a level playing field, safety and consumer rights

On the 14th of September 2022 the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave the annual state-of-the-EU speech, followed by the traditional publishing of the State of the Union Letter of Intent 2022 (which can be found here). The speech largely considered the geopolitical landscape, focusing on the Russia, Ukraine and the European reactions…

European General Court largely upholds record EU antitrust fine against Google for abusive restrictions cementing its dominance

On the 14th of September 2022, the European General Court (“EGC”) delivered its judgement on Google’s antitrust case. The EGC largely upheld the European Commission’s (“EC”) 2018 ruling to impose an antitrust fine on Google, but with a slight reduction of the fine from €4.343bn to €4.125bn to “better reflect the gravity and duration of the…

Sole director companies operating under the Model Articles: impacted by ruling in Hashmi v Lorrimer-Wing [2022] EWHC 191 (Ch)

The judgment discussed below rendered two provisions of the Model Articles as inconsistent. Decisions made by a sole director of a company using the Model Articles may therefore be invalid or void. This means that sole directors of companies incorporated under the Model Articles should amend the Model Articles before incorporating them into their Articles…

UK Government lays out regulatory pathway for Self-Driving Vehicles in new policy paper

The new legislative framework is aimed at fostering the government’s ambition to capture a 6% share of the AV market by 2035 which the (DfT) has estimated could be worth upwards of £41.7 billion. Background On 19 August 2022 the government published a policy paper entitled ‘Responsible Innovation in Automated Vehicles.’ The paper put forward…

Digital Policy Alliance – Regulation of the Metaverse – Call for Registration of Interest

The Preiskel Conference ‘ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (‘AI’) & THE METAVERSE’ was held on 8th June, with the opening talk, ‘Regulation of AI & the Metaverse’, given by Senior Partner, Danny Preiskel. The talk has set the scene for a potential Digital Policy Alliance (“DPA”) initiative on the regulation of the Metaverse. The DPA is asking members…