3D printing: the next industrial revolution, in thousands of small layers. An English law perspective.

  3D printers use digital files to create objects from all sorts of different materials. The objects are first designed using appropriate software known as computer-aided design (CAD). The 3D printing process then ‘slices’ the object into many layers which are ‘printed’ on top of each other to create the object. This process is also…

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Political agreement for a new framework to replace the Safe Harbour Agreement: EU-US privacy shield

Following the invalidation of the Decision 2000/520/EC of 26 July 2000 (the “Safe Harbour Decision”) by the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) on 6 October 2015, US and EU officials have finally reached a political agreement for the implementation of a new framework covering the transfer of personal data between the…

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Tim Cowen quoted by the Global Competition Review in itarticle on the recent BT/EE merger decision by the Competition and Markets Authority

Tim Cowen, Partner at Preiskel & Co LLP, has been quoted by the Global Competition Review in its article on the recent BT/EE merger decision by the Competition and Markets Authority. He called the CMA’s approval of the merger without remedies a “brave decision”. Tim went on to say: “Given the ubiquity of the new…

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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…

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HMRC Introduces Reverse Charge VAT on UK Wholesale Telecoms Supplies largely to minimise Missing Trader Fraud

Thanks in part to the initiative of one our clients, HM Revenue & Customs announced legislation to introduce a reverse charge accounting mechanism for wholesale supplies of telecommunications services in the UK. The Government has stated that it is introducing this ‘in response to the threat of missing trader intra-community fraud in those supplies’.   In summary,…

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The European Commission has launched a new platform for alternative dispute resolution between consumers and online traders

The European Commission has launched a new platform for alternative dispute resolution between consumers and online traders. The online dispute resolution (ODR) platform is a contribution to the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy. It will help consumers solve contractual disputes related to goods or services purchased online. The disputes will be dealt with out of…

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