Latest Legal and Regulatory news update - 20 December 2019

Latest Legal and Regulatory news update - 20 December 2019

In our final bi-weekly highlight for 2019 we cover the Queen's speech, Brexit, Advertising, employment, crime prevention and more!

We wish you an enjoyable festive period and a happy new year! 


Queen’s Speech 2019

The State Opening of Parliament and Queen’s Speech marks the formal commencement of the new parliamentary year and is a chance for the newly formed government to set out its revised policy agenda following the 2019 general election. See: Queen’s Speech December 2019.

See: LNB News 19/12/2019 23.


Withdrawal Agreement

The UK general election on 12 December 2019 returned a significant win for the Conservative Party. The primary objective of calling the early general election was to break the parliamentary deadlock on Brexit, which the government’s new majority is certain to achieve, at least in the short term. This majority should enable the Prime Minister to get the Withdrawal Agreement ratified and achieve the UK’s withdrawal from the EU by deadline of 31 January 2020, but what happens next? See News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—what does the general election result mean for Brexit?


Brexit negotiations

The Institute for Government has published a report that sets out the conclusions and learnings from the first round of Brexit negotiations. The report, authored by Raoul Ruparel, aims to provide advice to Boris Johnson as the next phase of Brexit negotiations begin. Ruparel set out five key lessons for Johnson, including having a clear view on the structure of the negotiations and getting on the front foot ahead of EU negotiators. Richard Eccles, partner at Bird and Bird, commented that ‘key issues must still be negotiated even under the Withdrawal Agreement’. See: LNB News 16/12/2019 37.


Risk & Compliance
Data protection

UK Finance has published a blog on the Information Commissioner’s proposals to extend its enforcement powers, including allowing it to recover profits from the criminal misuse of data under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The authors note that such an extension is

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Allison is a former partner of Shoosmiths, with extensive experience of legal management and practice compliance.