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News, Articles & Events: May 2023

Welcome to the Spring edition of the Freeths Data Protection Update. In this edition, we look at the ICO’s guidance for developers and users of AI, TikTok’s £12.7 million fine for its misuse of children’s personal data; and the prioritisation by the ICO of FOIA and EIR public interest complaints. “I, GDPR-compliant Robot”: UK Information […]

National law firm Freeths has appointed Nicola Wallbank to head up the firm’s Oxford employment practice. Nicola joins from Julian Taylor Solicitors. With over 18 years’ experience, Nicola advises both employers and employees on all aspects of employment law, drafting and negotiating exits for senior executives, including where there are complex or high value bonus […]

National law firm Freeths has advised multi-disciplinary equity, lending and advisory services company Breal Capital on its acquisition of Black Sheep Brewery, its shop and visitor centre, and its estate of public houses. Founded in 1992 in Masham, North Yorkshire, Black Sheep Brewery employs around 150 people, and this deal will secure significant local employment […]

The UK government has recently introduced the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill (the ‘Bill’). The Bill aims to promote fair competition and address some of the challenges faced by consumers in digital markets. The proposed legislation includes several significant reforms to the UK competition law and merger control regimes. Strategic market status The Bill […]

National law firm Freeths has advised the sellers of printing services company 3DPRINTUK to Solid Solutions. Established in 2011, London-based 3DPRINTUK has grown significantly over the last decade, recently being named as one of FT1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies, and attracted the interest of Solid Solutions, a leading technology and business solution partner for design […]

Penny Simpson given top accolade as one of the most influential environmental professionals in the UK. Penny Simpson, who leads the Environmental Law team at national law firm Freeths, has been named in The ENDS Report Power List as one of the 100 UK environmental professionals who have made the greatest impact in the past […]

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have been issued a warning notice following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (“CQC”). Concerns had been raised surrounding the safety of mental health patients further to a number of incidents across the various Trust locations. The CQC visited the Trust in November 2022 following several serious incidents. Sadly, […]

As part of its ongoing review of the UK funds regime, HM Treasury published on 27 April 2023 a consultation on the potential introduction, scope and design of a tax regime for a new unauthorised contractual scheme fund structure referred to as the Reserved Investor Fund (Contractual Scheme) (RIF) (the Consultation). Read the consultation here. […]

I think most of us are aware that as a country we are not building enough homes and last year, despite the highest rate of building for a decade, only 250,000 homes were built against a target of 300,000. The fact that this target has never been met has terrible consequences for people and communities. […]

National law firm Freeths has advised online training provider High Speed Training on its transition to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). The EOT will provide workers with a stake in the company’s performance, which will operate for their benefit. High Speed Training was founded in 2008 and specialises in online compliance training across a number […]

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