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The UK government has announced the new procurement thresholds that will apply from 1 January 2024 to all public sector contracts, utilities contracts and concession contracts. The new thresholds (inclusive of VAT) are as follows: Type of contract Central government authorities Other public sector authorities Utilities Concessions Works £5,548,000 £5,548,000 £5,548,000 £5,548,000 Services £144,000 £222,000 […]

This 10th edition of International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) – Franchise, produced in association with Partner, Iain Bowler, covers key issues in franchise laws and regulations across 20 jurisdictions. This guide is for anyone looking to grow their business through franchising; whether considering franchising for the first time, or expanding an existing franchise system regionally […]

The EU’s General Court has dismissed an application for interim relief by a member of the French Parliament who sought to annul the EU-US Data Privacy Framework (DPF), a mechanism that allows the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US for commercial purposes. The DPF was adopted by the European Commission in […]

On 2 October 2023, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that its draft Data Protection Fining Guidance (Guidance) is open for consultation. What is the Data Protection Fining Guidance? The Guidance seeks to provide greater clarity to organisations concerning the ICO’s ability to issue (and its methodology for calculating) fines resulting from breaches of the […]

On 3 October 2023, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) released a guidance document titled “Employment practices and data protection − Monitoring workers”. This guidance was published following a public consultation and aims to assist employers in complying with the UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. The ICO explains that monitoring […]

Clearview AI, a US-based company that provides facial recognition services to law enforcement and national security agencies, has won an appeal against a £7.5 million ($9.4 million) fine imposed by the UK’s privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO had fined Clearview AI in May 2022 for illegally collecting and processing the personal […]

The UK-US Data Bridge has been approved by the UK government as an extension of the Data Privacy Framework (DPF) and came into force on 12 October 2023. This means that UK and US businesses can now exchange personal data more easily and securely, as long as both parties comply with the DPF’s principles and […]

National law firm Freeths has advised Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) on a new joint venture partnership with Kier Property Developments Limited as part of its Transform Leatherhead regeneration vision for the locality. Freeths have been acting for MVDC for over two years on the scheme which aims to reinvent Leatherhead’s town centre, ensuring a […]

We’re delighted to be hosting a hybrid session in London with Edwin Peel (author, professor at Keeble College and a Barrister), a renowned expert in commercial contract law for our In-House Lawyers Programme. The event will be in-person and via live stream. Please register your interest for the most convenient option for you. For everyone […]

National leading law firm Freeths has bolstered support for business clients with the appointment of leading Commercial and Technology Consultant Mark Lumley. He joins from Knights plc. Mark has more than 25 years’ legal experience supporting a wide range of businesses nationally and, in particular, the Leeds and Yorkshire market. His breadth of knowledge and […]

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