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    Transparency in the EU FTAs: do you really want to know?

    2017-08-03T13:09:00Z

    The high level of openness adopted in both the Brexit and TTIP negotiations show that the European Union (EU) takes transparency in its external relations seriously. Arguably, transparency constitutes a necessary pre-requisite for the proper deployment of the multi-level system of governance of the Union. 

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    Japan-EU FTA; Ambitious, but work still to do.

    2017-08-03T13:07:00Z

    Had the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) gone ahead, it would have built on earlier multi-lateral agreements in the area to create a free trade area circling the Pacific Rim. 

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    UK Withdrawal Negotiations: State of Play and the Position Papers

    2017-08-03T13:05:00Z

    Although Article 50 was officially triggered on the 29 th of March, four months on, the withdrawal arrangements envisioned by that Article remain elusive. 

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    Brexit & Devolution - Unchartered Territory

    2017-08-03T12:54:00Z

    The Brexit result last year came as a shock to a great many people, with the result broadly expected to go in favour of Remain. The legal implications raised reach far and wide, but the reality is that nobody knows exactly how the next few years are going to play ...

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    Brexit bill: People's rights must be placed centre stage

    2017-07-13T12:07:00Z

    Today the UK government fired the starting gun on the biggest change to our legal system for more than 40 years - the unravelling of our relationship with the European Union. The Law Society of England and Wales and solicitor profession will work tirelessly with all parties to ensure people’s ...

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    Virtual Competition

    E-commerce has brought us all closer to the promised land of competition – where ample choice, better quality and lower prices reside. Our online environment is seemingly delivering constant waves of innovation and competitive pressure. It has led to reduced barriers to entry, increased market access, increased market transparency and ...

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    Trade in a digital world: data need to fly

    2017-07-05T10:02:00Z

    The Internet has profoundly changed trade and global value chains and enabled start-ups and small businesses to access any market around the world. The Internet has profoundly changed trade and global value chains and enabled start-ups and small businesses to access any market around the world.

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    What is new with geoblocking?

    2017-07-05T09:59:00Z

    Geoblocking consists of geolocation technology, using a user’s IP address to identify where they live and where the request is coming from. When a website blocks you from accessing the website based on your location (blocking access across borders) this is what geoblocking contains.

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    Legal aid lawyers reminded they can refuse work that's uneconomical

    2017-07-05T09:59:00Z

    Legal aid solicitors specialising in criminal law are being reminded by The Law Society of England and Wales that they are able to exercise discretion when accepting cases if the work threatens the viability of their firm.

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    The Audiovisual Media Services Directive: A clash of interests?

    2017-07-04T13:16:00Z

    On April 25 th , the CULT (Culture and Education) committee adopted a report on the regulation of audio-visual media services (AVMS), which will form the basis of the trilogue between the Parliament, Commission and Council. However, both the content and the manner in which the report was adopted have ...

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    Solicitor advocates and ‘international’ members wanted for Law Society of Scotland Council

    2017-07-04T09:44:00Z

    Scottish solicitors based outside Great Britain will be invited to nominate themselves as Law Society of Scotland Council members before noon on 30 August.  

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    Positive elements to Queen's Speech but whiplash plan brings sting in the tail

    2017-06-21T15:37:00Z

    The Queen’s Speech for the 2017 Parliament has set out a comprehensive agenda with much that will be received positively by the solicitor profession, the Law Society of England and Wales said today.

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    Law Society of Scotland's comments on Queen’s Speech 2017

    2017-06-21T14:39:00Z

    Commenting on the Queen’s Speech today, 21 June 2017, Law Society of Scotland President Graham Matthews, said: “Today’s Queen’s Speech sets out the UK Government’s legislative programme for the next two years. As expected there is a heavy focus on the legislative work that will be required for us to ...

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    Tax Law Legislative Train Updates

    2017-06-20T13:12:00Z

    Speaking at the recent Tax Day , hosted by Accountancy Europe, EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici remarked that he could remember a time when they worked for seven years and failed to manage a tax directive; now it took only seven months to agree on one.

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    Finsbury Park Mosque victims offered free legal advice

    2017-06-20T09:10:00Z

    People bereaved and injured in the Finsbury Park Mosque attack in London on Sunday night will be offered free legal advice through the panel of solicitor firms convened by the Law Society of England and Wales in the wake of the London Bridge attack just two weeks ago. 

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    Collaborative Brexit vital to protect UK economy

    2017-06-19T08:14:00Z

    Negotiations over Brexit must have a clear focus on ensuring British trade - including the export of legal services - is not undermined, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today as it reaffirmed its commitment to convening legal expertise to work for a good deal for the UK ...

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    The Audiovisual Media Services Directive: A clash of interests?

    2017-06-18T08:19:00Z

    On April 25 th , the CULT (Culture and Education) committee adopted a report on the regulation of audio-visual media services (AVMS), which will form the basis of the trilogue between the Parliament, Commission and Council. However, both the content and the manner in which the report was adopted have ...

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    Pro bono legal advice panel for victims of London attack

    2017-06-06T13:10:00Z

    People bereaved and injured following the attack London Bridge will be offered free legal advice through a panel of solicitor firms to be convened by the Law Society of England and Wales with LawWorks, the solicitors’ pro bono charity, and the City of London Law Society.

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    An ABC of trade and investment

    2017-06-01T11:57:00Z

    Getting to know trade and investment policy may be a tough challenge for those who are new to the topic. The breadth of issues covered by it and its fast evolution keep even the experts on their toes. To make this task easier for anyone wishing to polish their ...

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    Competition in Virtual Reality and the Rising Power of the Super-Platform

    2017-06-01T10:50:00Z

    The Digital Single Market has increased access for consumers to buy goods online. Although there are benefits from the digital economy, the rise of super-platforms pose many challenges, in particular when data and algorithms are used together. This starts to change the dynamics of competition in order to maximise efficiency ...