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!?”
It has been over a week since one of the major players in the UK construction sector announced its insolvency. The news caused widespread panic in the construction industry and beyond. The effects are wide reaching and continue to unfold, however now that some of the dust has settled, this article considers tools that may be available to construction parties, by virtue of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (as amended) (“the 1996 Act”), to weather the ensuing storm.
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has fined (for the first time ever) a merging party for a failure to provide information during a merger investigation. Hungryhouse have been fined a £20,000 fixed penalty for failing to supply information to the CMA during its investigation into the proposed merger between Hungryhouse and JustEat – which was given the green light in late November.
In December 2017, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) published detailed draft guidelines on consent under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The guidance, which is currently open for consultation until 23 January 2018 provides an analysis of the concept of consent, together with guidance for organisations on the requirements to (i) obtain; (ii) demonstrate and (iii) maintain valid consent under the GDPR. The UK ICO issued its own draft guidance on consent earlier last year.
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