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Challenging and Contesting a Will
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

The death of a loved one is a difficult time and situations in which a Will is contested can be an additional burden. Challenging or contesting a Will in Scotland is slightly different from the rest of the UK and this guide is designed to set out the main grounds of challenge to a Will on both sides of the border.  Disputes can arise because of a poorly drafted Will, where there is a disappointed beneficiary or where a loved one appears to have been “disinherited”...

Cross-State Review of Websites and Use of Cookies by German Supervisory Authorities
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, July 2021

In the summer/autumn of 2020, the supervisory authorities of several German states examined the websites of various media companies, particularly with a view to the use of cookies and the tracking of users for advertising purposes...

UK Competition and Consumer Regimes Set for Shake Up
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

The UK Government has this week announced what would be the biggest shake-up of the competition and consumer protection policy landscape for the last 20 years. On 20 July 2021 the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation document setting out its proposals for sweeping reforms of the UK’s competition and consumer protection law regimes and inviting responses by 1 October 2021...

Norwegian Legal Update, Summer 2021 – ESG Compliance
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, July 2021

What is to come: new ESG reporting requirements Norway introduced legislation presenting social reporting requirements already in 2013 through the introduction of section 3-3 of the Norwegian Accounting Act in anticipation of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive 2014/95 (NFRD)...

The Court Approved a Settlement Agreement in a Class Action Filed against Korean Air
Fischer, July 2021

Class Action 30633-05-18 Smuelitz v. Korean Air Co., Ltd Our firm successfully represented Korean Air in a motion to certify a class action suit alleging a failure to refund airport taxes on unused flight tickets. As part of its motion, the plaintiffs requested that Korean Air automatically reimburse airport taxes for unused flight tickets, and pay substantial monetary compensation, for failure to reimburse...

Developments in the Russian Merger Control Rules: Liberalization of Thresholds and Approval of the FAS’ Merger Guidelines
ALRUD Law Firm, July 2021

For over five years, the Russian merger control landscape has been a quiet place, occasionally disturbed by high-profile mergers which required a king-sized approach and the use of international cooperation tools. In 2021, following a change in the Federal Antimonopoly Service’s (“FAS Russia”) senior management, decisions have been taken which signal a shift within Russian merger control legislation and practice...

Outsourcing to Cloud Computing Service Providers
PLMJ, July 2021

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (“EIOPA”) is entrusted with 1 issuing guidelines and recommendations to Member States’ supervisory authorities on how insurance and reinsurance undertakings should apply the Solvency II Directive 2 in order to (i) establish consistent, efficient and effective supervisory practices and (ii) ensure the common, uniform and consistent application of Union law...

Rural Businesses and Easing COVID-19 Restrictions in Scotland
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

The Scottish Government has published its route map out of lockdown, legislating five levels, each imposing increasingly tougher restrictions. As at 19 July, the whole of Scotland moved to Level 0, with cautious optimism that most legal restrictions might be removed entirely in August. However, in the meantime, the move to Level 0 does not mean that everything returns to how it was pre-pandemic – there will remain a level of restrictions and compliance points that must be met...

A Banking and Financing Summary after a Hectic Period
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, July 2021

We have this year assisted with numerous new financings, covering everything from new bank syndicates, refinancings, direct lending and bond loans. It has in periods been especially hectic within the shipping, aviation and renewable energy sectors. On the regulatory side, we have had a particular focus on the LIBOR transition...

Remote Hearings - Finishing Ahead?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

Whether remote hearings are desirable for civil proofs is controversial, but this account of a substantial proof in the Commercial Court suggests it was a positive experience The purpose of this article is to report on a recent proof before answer hearing that was conducted fully remotely, and to set out some tentative thoughts on the future of remote hearings based on that experience. This is not intended to suggest that what was done should be followed in all hearings...

Low-Carbon Heating and the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

The built environment contributes 20% of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, making it a key player in tackling the ambitious challenges we face on the journey to a low or net zero society.  How we heat (and cool) our buildings is a crucial element in reducing carbon emissions. But there is no single answer that will deliver the required emissions reductions to achieve government targets...

Will Replacing Generating Equipment at my FiT Installation Affect its Accreditation?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

If you are the owner of an ageing wind, hydro or solar installation that receives Feed in Tariffs (FiTs), you may be considering replacing part or all of the generating equipment to upgrade your installation. "Will repairing or replacing the generating equipment affect my accreditation?" This is something we are being asked increasingly often and, frustratingly, the FiT Legislation and Guidance is inconclusive on this point. But not for much longer...

Sports Governing Bodies: Competition Law and Regulation
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

From a competition law standpoint, the regulation of sport presents a difficult conundrum. On the one hand, sports regulations may limit the ability of economic actors (including sportspeople) to win business through unrestricted competition. On the other hand, without such regulations, the essential core of the sport (and the business interests built around it) may be undermined...

UK Government Sets Out its Strategic Approach to CPTPP Accession and Call for Evidence Reopened
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, July 2021

The parties to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) have agreed to formally commence an accession process with the UK. Ahead of the start of formal negotiations, the UK Government has set out its strategic approach to accession...

End of the Lundbeck Saga and New Rules for Medical Devices in Norway
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, July 2021

In 2013, the Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck, which at the time only held limited secondary patents related to certain antidepressants, was fined EUR 93.7 million by the European Commission for having entered into settlement agreements in 2002 whereby Lundbeck paid generic manufacturers for not challenging its patents. The payments corresponded to the profits that the generic manufacturers could have made if they had successfully entered the market...

Is Your Law Firm Ready for Generation Z?
Kocian Solc Balastik, July 2021

Who remembers fax machines as being de rigueur in legal and professional service offices? And what are we currently using as a trusted tool that will go the way of the fax? Generation Z–those born in the late 1990s, the oldest of whom are almost 25–will soon make up almost one-third of the world’s population and they are taking their first steps into the professional workplace...

What Does "Freedom Day" Really Mean for Employers?
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

Exactly 480 days after the first lockdown measures were introduced in England, 19 July – the so-called Freedom Day - will see the most significant easing of COVID-related measures in England since the pandemic began. But what will this mean for employers? Despite all the propaganda, it is unlikely that in years to come 19 July 2021 will be marked, remembered and celebrated as Freedom Day...

Civil Proceedings: Questions Going Forward after the Pandemic
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, July 2021

When the lockdown was a fact in March 2020, Norwegian courts demonstrated a great willingness to keep the wheels of the Norwegian litigation system going by rapidly transitioning to conducting court hearings through video meetings, and by resolving a larger number of cases through written proceedings. The question going forward is whether experiences gained through the pandemic should change how civil procedures are conducted, and if so, what these changes should be...

Building Safety Bill: Key Points for the Construction Industry
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

The Building Safety Bill was finally introduced into Parliament on 30 June 2021 with the aim of delivering fundamental reform to the building safety system. The Bill’s progress through Parliament will be closely monitored as the construction industry looks to prepare for the potentially wide-ranging impact of this complex piece of legislation. The Bill was published in draft form in 2020 to enable pre-legislative scrutiny...

Digest of Key Judgments Concerning Russian Migration Legislation from 2019 to 2021
ALRUD Law Firm, July 2021

Please find, herein, the latest up-to-date digest of the most significant court decisions, concerning migration legislation. Here are the key decisions of the Higher Courts of the Russian Federation, as well as precedents of regional judicial authorities, from 2019 to 2021. 1...

Corporate Criminal Liability – Change is Coming
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

Holding companies to account: criticism of the current criminal framework Over time and bit by bit the UK’s approach to corporate criminal liability is being narrowed. The issue has long been debated with many commentators agreeing that the current criminal legal framework is far from satisfactory at holding corporate organisations to account for instances of criminality when those crimes are committed on behalf of, or in the name of, the company...

Planning a Foreign Holiday for the Family this Summer?
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

The school holidays are almost here and many of us are thinking about travelling abroad. If your surname is different from your dependent children, then the ever-changing COVID-19 travel restrictions aren’t the only concern to consider when making your holiday plans. The rise of ‘blended’ families and couples choosing not to marry means it is not unusual for a parent to have a different surname to their dependent children...

Pet Food Recalls: Here to Stay
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

Since April 2021, over 278 cases of feline pancytopenia, approximately 130 of which have proved fatal, have been detected amongst the UK’s feline population. This has now led to a recall of various cat foods, affecting large and small retailers...

New TMT legislation in Russia
ALRUD Law Firm, July 2021

We would like to inform you of several draft laws in the TMT area, that were adopted by the Russian Parliament, and finally signed by the President. We have prepared a short description for you below...

Following On From Pride Month 2021: A Toolkit for Allies
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2021

Following Pride Month celebrating the full spectrum of LGBT+ identities, I thought it would be helpful to give you my top tips on how to be an effective and supportive ally to LGBT+ people in your life all year round. I hereby name it the “Ally Toolkit” with three simple steps: Challenge yourself and others: This is my number one. I urge you, to challenge stereotypical thinking. whether it's conscious or unconscious, and whether it's your own or someone else’s...

 

 

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