Commercial news vlog - January 2019: Changes to ePrivacy Regulation, the Gig economy and Geo-blocking laws

Commercial news vlog - January 2019: Changes to ePrivacy Regulation, the Gig economy and Geo-blocking laws

Welcome to 2019!

Here's an overview of the in-house legal horizon for 2019 in association with Iain Larkins, Radius Law.

You will find updates across Brexit, Corporate & Commercial, Data Security, Employment, Consumer and Competition law.

We focus on the commercial aspects and look at the practical steps for you to consider.

Watch this video or click on the content/links below for more information.

 

 

Brexit watch

The UK is currently scheduled to leave the EU on the 29th March 2019. There are broadly three options: a 'cliff edge' no deal and transition to the WTO rules; remaining in the EU or  transitional arrangements which are proposed to end on 31 December 2020.

Until a decision is made, it’s difficult to make plans however we recommend some contingency work, particularly for businesses that rely on European workers.  European workers currently living in the UK will be able to apply for settled status in 2019, allowing them to remain indefinitely in the UK.

We’ll keep you updated with practical guidance as the Brexit news develops.

Corporate & Commercial

Corporate Governance reforms

New annual corporate governance reporting requirements will apply to financial years starting since the 1st January. 

See LNB News: New corporate governance code for large private companies launched and Practice Note: Corporate governance for private companies

Data security

Planned changes to the ePrivacy Regulation

The European Commission's planned replacement of the existing Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations (‘PECR’) was postponed in 2018 and we do not yet have any implementation date but anticipate that it will be in the second half of 2019.

The proposed regulation has some worrying changes - further information on these can be found via the link below.

See: ePrivacy Regulation—timeline

Employment

Gig economy

We expect to hear the final determination of the Court of Appeal King v Sash Window case. In this case it has already been decided that King was wrongly classified as self-employed rather than being a worker. The outstanding question is how much hol

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About the author:
Iain founded Radius Law in September 2013 which has been designed to meet the exacting standards that Iain had of his law firms during his time as an in-house counsel.

 

Iain’s in-house career spans 14 years with the 7 years from 2006 to 2013 being the General Counsel and Chief Compliance officer for the Mercedes-Benz UK Group. In this role he led a team of 18 staff.
Iain has previously been recognised in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report as a thought leader in legal management. He has spoken regularly and had published articles particularly on how to measure legal value.

Aside from legal management, Iain has significant expertise in regulatory work, particularly competition law and anti-bribery. Iain has led the implementation of large scale compliance programmes and also managed regulatory investigations.

Outside of the day job Iain has a passion for community projects and has been a non-executive director of a housing association and also established a debt advice centre. This social conscious approach continues in Radius Law with a bold commitment to pay 10% of profits to charity.