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    Unified approach to cross border AML supervision


    The Law Society of Scotland and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are working together to make sure there is a united approach to anti-money laundering (AML) supervision across Scotland, England and Wales.

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    Law Society of Scotland responds to Government’s Online Harms White Paper


    The Consumer, Mental Health and Disability and Privacy Law sub-committees and the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland responded to the UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper which sets out the government’s plans for “a world-leading package of measures to keep UK users safe online”.

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    2020 EU budget: Council agrees its position


    On 10 July 2019 the EU ambassadors agreed the Council’s position on the 2020 EU draft budget. The Council’s position for next year’s budget amounts to €153.1 billion in payments and €166.8 billion in commitments.

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    EU Court of Justice: three judges appointed


    On 10 July 2019 governmental representatives of the Member States appointed three judges to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The CJEU consists of two courts, the Court of Justice and the General Court.

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    AI and lawyer’s ethics by Jonathan Goldsmith


    Jonathan Goldsmith provides an insight into the European Commission’s ethics guidelines for artificial intelligence and highlights the key requirements identified and how these are applicable to lawyers.

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    Scotland - Focus on the Vulnerable Accused Person


    In April 2019, the Law Society of Scotland’s Criminal Law Committee published a Report on the vulnerable accused person and identified five practical steps to ensure that the human rights of vulnerable people accused of criminal offences are respected.

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    Summer case law digest


    In the current case law digest we are featuring the latest CJEU (including the ones from July), in particular Fashion ID case on social media plugins, Commission v Belgium on high-speed electronic communications network and Ordre des avocats du barreau de Dinant v JN. The CJEU is currently on recess ...

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    Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President


    The European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen as President of the next European Commission on 16 July 2019 with 383 votes in her favour. Official letters are due to be issued from the Commission President-elect to the heads of state or governments of each Member State, inviting ...

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    2019 EU budget: Council adopts contingency measures for a no-deal Brexit


    On 9 July 2019 the Council adopted contingency measures on the implementation and financing of the 2019 EU budget in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The aim of such measures is to mitigate the impact of a no-deal scenario for funding in a wide range of areas.

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    Law Society of England and Wales publishes its paper on the future EU-UK partnership


    Law Society of England and Wales published its paper on the future EU-UK partnership and the legal services sector. The paper summarises the current state of affairs in the legal services sector and outlines the impact of no deal on lawyers, law firms and the justice system. It concludes that ...

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    Simon Davis is new President of the Law Society of England and Wales


    On 4 July, Simon Davis took over presidency of the Law Society of England and Wales. The Law Society’s office holder line up is completed by vice president David Greene and deputy vice president I. Stephanie Boyce.

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    Finland EU Presidency – What shall we expect?


    On 1 July 2019, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) officially passed from Romania to Finland. Finland will now lead discussions in the Council until 31 December 2019. As part of their ‘Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future’ programme, Finland aims to defend the rule of law ...

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    Some thoughts about Mediation from Northern Ireland, Europe and the Commonwealth


    Brian Speers, the new President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, discusses the importance of mediation in commonwealth and other jurisdictions.

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    Capital markets union: Council adopts new rules facilitating access to pension products and investment funds


    On 14 June, the Council adopted two key reforms in the framework of the Capital Markets Union (a regulation and a package of measures). The regulation provides greater choice for people who wish to save for their retirement and expanding the market for personal pensions. The package of measures aims ...

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    EU introduces transparency obligations for online platforms


    Online platforms are key enablers of digital trade. While offering great potential in terms of efficient access to (cross-border) markets, European businesses are currently unable to fully exploit the potential of the online platform economy due to a number of potentially harmful trading practices and a lack of effective redress ...

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    Law enforcement access to financial information: Council adopts new rules


    The EU is strengthening the capacity of law enforcement authorities to fight terrorism and serious crime by improving their access to financial information. The Council adopted a directive laying down rules to facilitate the use of financial and other information for the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of certain criminal ...

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    June case law digest


    This month’s CJEU cases include Facebook data protection,rules of equal treatment, non-discrimination and proportionality laid down in Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and many more.

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    Funding for migration, border and security policies: Council agrees its position


    As of June, the Council have reached a partial general approach on three sectoral home affairs proposals in the context of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the period of 2021-2027. There is a increased in the scope of its support for measures in the fields of migration, border management ...

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    Council gives mandate to Commision to negotiate international agreements on e-evidence in criminal matters


    The Council adopted the negotiating mandates to the Commision to engage in international negotiations to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations. The first instrument would be an agreement with the United States and the second one the Second Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe “Budapest” Convention ...

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    Council adopts a revision of the Brussels IIa recast Regulation


    On 25 June, the Council adopted a revision of the so-called Brussels IIa recast Regulation. The main objectives of the revision is to improve the current legal rules that protect children in cases of cross-border parental responsibility disputes, such as those related to custody, access rights and child abduction.