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Our present time is in constant evolution and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has demonstrated its ability to revolutionize entire industries and improve our quality of life in many aspects. In our global interconnectedness, it is a reality that organizations are already working on implementing AI for various purposes, including improving processes and the way they do business ...

Shoosmiths LLP | November 2023

In a surprising turn of events, the Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, announced yesterday that the controversial plans to close the majority of rail ticket offices have been scrapped. This announcement comes as a major relief for both passengers and ticket sales personnel, but it raises questions about the potential repercussions for the rail sector as a whole ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2023

At Halloween, we look at whether data protection laws protect doorstep trick-or-treaters and how technologies such as CCTV and smart doorbells can be used lawfully under data protection law. Along with the ghosts and goblins, bands of happy revellers may be preparing to roam the streets this Halloween to get their seasonal sweet fix armed with nothing more than a pumpkin lantern and hopeful smile ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2023

At the end of last week, the FT published a guest article on quantum computing. For those unfamiliar with quantum computing, it is the technology that will be capable of harnessing the powers of quantum mechanics to solve problems which are too complex for ‘classical’ computers (the computers of today). Classical computing employs streams of electrical impulses to encode information: an electrical impulse may be only 1 or 0 (i.e. on or off) – a classical 'bit’ ...

Carey Olsen | October 2023

Although this is a developing area, many billions of assets under management have already been tokenised. High profile managers such as Franklin Templeton, Abrdn, KKR, Mitsui and Hamilton Lane have already launched tokenised products. Tokenised assets nonetheless still represent a tiny percentage of the funds industry. We expect this area to grow exponentially in the coming years. What is tokenisation? Tokenisation is the digital representation of 'traditional' financial assets (e.g ...

Carey Olsen | October 2023

In the second instalment of The Fintech Times' ‘Where to Relocate’ series, we turn the spotlight to the Cayman Islands as a VASP-friendly jurisdiction. Situated in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands offer a unique blend of regulatory excellence, technological innovation, and a commitment to fostering the growth of digital assets ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2023

The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022 (PSTIA) received Royal Assent on December 6, 2022. The PSTIA makes various changes to the Electronic Communications Code (the Code) – however, its intended effects are only being felt piecemeal, as its provisions are being slowly brought into force through secondary legislation. Ss ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2023

Clearview AI has escaped punishment in the UK for its global facial recognition database. The reasons why are crucial and will potentially affect the future of privacy for everyone in the UK. Alongside Cambridge Analytica, Clearview AI has emerged as probably the best-known maverick of data analytics based on recent reports. It has been fined by data protection regulators around the world, including in the UK, for developing what regulators consider unlawful facial recognition technology ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2023

It’s the final countdown, with only one year to go before EU member states must transpose the EU’s new Network and Information Security 2 Directive (“NIS 2”) into national law. Key Dates EU Member States have until 17 October 2024 to transpose NIS 2 into national law and those national laws will apply to organisations as early as 18 October 2024. Enforcement is likely to start from 17 January 2025, in line with parallel legislation affecting financial services ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2023

Last week was filled with noteworthy developments in the cryptocurrency industry, Rachel Wolcott of Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence has spotlighted two important articles. The first article focuses on Binance's compliance with the UK Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) new financial promotion rules, while the second delves into HTX (formerly known as Huobi) and its status on the Seychelles corporate register of crypto exchanges. Let's take a closer look at these significant events ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2023

Expectations are increasing and there is mounting pressure from investors and consumers for private and public sector organisations and charities to be seen to be doing something about ESG factors, including equality, diversity and inclusion. Diversity and inclusion are increasingly recognised as crucial factors in building sustainable and successful supply chains in the private, public and charity sectors ...

MinterEllison | October 2023

As we navigate a rapidly changing digital landscape, upskilling our people continues to be a priority. In response, the innovators at MinterEllison developed Mintcoin, an internal crypto currency designed to reward participation in the firm’s Digital Academy program and innovation initiatives. We’re thrilled to announce that this initiative has secured MinterEllison a spot on the AFRs Most Innovative Companies list for 2023 ...

Mamo TCV Advocates | October 2023

  Mamo TCV Advocates will once again be participating in MACE, the Malta Aviation Conference & Expo, taking place between the 11th and 12th of October, 2023 at the Hilton, Malta. Dr Nicholas Valenzia, Partner heading the Aviation & Shipping Practice Areas of the firm, Dr Joshua Chircop, Senior Associate, and Dr Aleandro Mifsud, Associate, will be attending the conference ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2023

The regulatory landscape for AI, in the UK and beyond, is evolving rapidly, with proposed statutory regimes beginning to emerge from legislators across the globe (read more here). What, then, is the current position for employers? Overview of current regime There remains a notable gap when it comes to concrete principles of liability or accountability for AI-generated or -supported outcomes ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2023

The UK's recent advancements in AI governance have included the publication of an initial review by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) regarding AI foundation models. The country’s antitrust watchdog has taken the lead in shaping certain principles, recognising the need to harness AI’s potential while avoiding the pitfalls of unchecked power in the hands of a few tech companies, at the expense of broader competition ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2023

It’s been an exhausting week for climate and transport policy. Whilst the controversy around the Conservatives’ self-declared “war on motorists” will rightly rage, there seems little doubt that the move to electrification of domestic vehicles is one which they accept is inevitable, and ideology aside, makes good financial sense ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2023

The government has today confirmed that it will not be proceeding with the northern leg of the HS2 high-speed rail link, with the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, stating: "Our plan will drive far more growth and opportunity here in the North than a faster train to London ever would." HS2 was never just about getting to London faster though ...

Lavery Lawyers | October 2023

A patent landscape provides a bird?s-eye view of the patenting activity related to a specific technology. It can be an invaluable tool for your organization as the analysis of patent data reveals business, scientific and technological trends. Indeed, many industries increasingly rely on patent landscapes to provides a basis for understanding innovation activity in their field ...

Gianni & Origoni | October 2023

Space economy, Gianni & Origoni launches the “Space Law” practice Dealflower October 3, 2023 The international law firm Gianni & Origoni announces the launch of its Space Law practice , with the aim of providing Italian and international clients with integrated legal assistance that responds to the growing needs of the Space Economy  ...

Shoosmiths LLP | October 2023

At the end of Paris fashion week we look at the unexpected yet fascinating role of data analytics in the fashion industry. As one of the most important events in the fashion calendar, Paris Fashion Week, comes to a close, the catwalks remind us just how much we revere the creative, the inspirational, the artistic and the fluid ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | October 2023

Legal professionals live in a world dominated by electronic messages. Most of us can name at least one colleague with carpal tunnel syndrome, a side effect of banging on a keyboard all day trying to stay afloat in an ocean of emails. Email, the default communication mode for professionals, brings all sorts of advantages that make it indispensable. It’s so ubiquitous that we often forget about other options for exchanging information, including the phone. But A.G ...

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