Technology

Regulating the "wild west" of digital currencies, crypto-assets, ICOs and smart contracts

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The House of Commons Treasury Committee has just published its Report on Digital Currencies – or as it now prefers to call them "crypto-assets" as they are not really currencies at all, at least not at the moment. More …

ICOs – Is Jersey's new regulatory regime the right one?

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In July 2018, the Jersey Financial Services Commission became the first regulator in a highly regarded legal jurisdiction to issue detailed guidance on the launch of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The move has been celebrated by local legal commentators as balancing the interests of emerging fintech and cryptocurrency businesses with the requirements of good governance and regulation. More …

Digital Currencies: Issues for your tax and estate planning

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Digital or crypto-currencies, the most common being Bitcoins, seem to be in the news every day, whether it’s a report of how their value has seen a mammoth rise (and a reasonably hefty fall), or governments raising concerns about their use and their current lack of regulation. This doesn't seem to have turned investors off, with a recent estimate considering that Bitcoins may have made between 20,000 and 200,000 people millionaires in the last few years! If you are thinking about or already hold investments in digital currency, there are a number of things to bear in mind in respect of your tax and estate planning. More …

What 3 things did we learn at London Blockchain Week 2018?

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I am looking at three of the main talking points following London Blockchain Week 2018. More …

Blockchain in real estate – what does the future hold?

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In this blog, we take a look at the potential impact on the real estate industry of the blockchain. More …

TRILcon 2017

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Sheliah Mackie discusses the talks that took place at TRILcon 2017. More …

Incorporating by reference: key risks

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Many organisations have global supply arrangements or framework agreements with key subcontractors and suppliers. More …

Outsourcing gone wrong: key lessons from BT v Cornwall.

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In 2013, Cornwall Council (the “Council”) and the local Cornwall NHS trust (together, the “Defendants”) entered into a “strategic partnering” agreement with BT Cornwall (“BTC”). The scope of the agreement was very wide ranging covering health, transport, communications and public safety. The potential value of the agreement was close to £160 million. More …

Top 6 questions in-house lawyers should be asking in preparation for data protection reforms

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The General Data Protection Regulation represents the biggest reform of data protection law for decades. It's therefore vital that organisations are fully prepared for the new rules. But where exactly do you begin? More …

Proposed guidance for firms outsourcing to the cloud and other third party IT services- An overview of the FCA guidance consultation

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The FCA has produced this draft guidance as a response to perceived uncertainty as to how their rules apply to the cloud and “other third party IT systems”. The latter term is not further defined More …