As the UK moves closer to exiting the European Union, decisions are being made which could impact on how our current systems and laws operate post-Brexit. One of the prominent discussions is how European laws we have relied on for decades will be treated post-Brexit. This month, the government have issued a discussion paper on how Brexit will impact competition law, and more specifically, state aid controls which are currently governed primarily by European law.
Dominic Chappell, whose company bought BHS for £1 in March 2015, has been fined £50,000 at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court over his repeated failure to provide information about BHS’s two pension schemes in the wake of the company’s collapse.
A winter of sorts, is about to bite for landlords in England and Wales who own certain categories of non-domestic property. From 1 April 2018, landlords in England and Wales will no longer be permitted to grant a new lease, permit a lease renewal or extension to a tenant of a non-domestic property where it has been assessed as category F or G under the EPC rating scheme. And from 1 April 2023 this extends to existing leases, meaning it will be unlawful for leases of F and G category properties to continue from that date.
The General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR), which comes into effect on 25 May 2018, is an EU Regulation on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data. But what is personal data – you would think an easy question to answer, perhaps not so, and the European Commission has now put together a set of FAQs in respect of the reform of EU data protection rules, in order to provide further clarity on what is considered to be personal data.
Following the recent allegations of abuse surrounding international charity work, the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has issued guidance on two key points – Safeguarding and Notifiable Events – urging charity trustees to ensure these are at top of the agenda. The guidance lists a number of helpful action points for charity trustees should take.
This year will be dominated by the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25th May 2018 and will be the biggest overhaul in European data protection law in almost three decades. Much focus has been on how these changes give enhanced rights to data subjects and how this will impact upon businesses. Currently, the German Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) are conducting an investigation which considers Facebook’s collection of personal data from users to be a breach of EU competition law. This is one of a series of investigations across the EU which consider the interaction between data protection and competition law.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are responsible for controlling mergers of companies, to ensure that such mergers do not pose competition risks that negatively impact upon consumers. Recently, the CMA have come under scrutiny from those in the grocery market for a number of decisions which have seen large dominant companies merge, arguably to the detriment of the markets and consumers. Recent decisions have left many wondering whether the CMA will ever intervene in grocery market mergers or whether it considers the market to be “anything goes!?”