Technology news

27 March 2015

Burges Salmon appointed to Costain Legal Panel

Burges Salmon has been appointed to the Costain Group PLC legal panel, for three years from 2015 to 2017, to provide legal advice across its business including in relation to Construction and Engineering, Insurance, Real Estate, Corporate, IP/IT/Data Protection and Employment.

19 August 2014

Chancellor’s plans to make UK the 'FinTech capital of the world'

Earlier this month, at the launch of the new UK FinTech trade body ‘Innovate Finance’, Chancellor George Osborne announced his plans to make the UK “the FinTech capital of the world”. These plans form part of the government’s long term economic strategy to place the UK at the centre of global finance and technology.

01 July 2014

Tough stance on 'soft opt-in' for marketing emails

Organisations which send direct marketing emails should check their policies to avoid fines under electronic privacy laws. A court fined a high-street retailer this month for sending marketing emails to an individual, despite the fact he had created an online account and been given an opportunity to un-tick a box relating to receiving marketing emails.

10 June 2014

The Serious Crime Bill has been published

The Serious Crime Bill referred to in the Queen’s Speech on 4 June has now been published. It contains various measures aimed at tackling serious organised crime, strengthening powers to seize the proceeds of crime and protecting vulnerable women and children.

15 May 2014

Consumer Rights Directive implementation: a reminder

Distance selling legislation in the UK is changing. The EC Directive on Consumer Rights (2011/93/EC) is due to be implemented across all Member States by June 2014 and replaces existing EU Directives on doorstep and distance selling, including off-premises contracts and online retailing whether via a business’ own website or an online auction site. 

09 May 2014

Bare essentials for internet security: government advice for businesses

Companies, charities and not-for-profit organisations will be able to certify that their internet security measures are fit for purpose using a new government accreditation scheme.

24 April 2014

How do an exclusion clause and a workshare arrangement fit together?

A dispute arose in relation to IT and business process services provided to the DVLA by IBM. IBM subcontracted the day to day activities in relation to the IT infrastructure to Fujitsu whilst retaining responsibility for IT transformation and strategy.

17 April 2014

Partnering and good faith – what does this mean?

When parties have entered into a detailed contractual arrangement, the court is reluctant to interpret the written terms in a way which might “distort” the bargain they have made. If parties want an obligation of good faith to exist, they need to specifically include one – relying on the label of “partnering” is not enough.

07 April 2014

One step closer to a safer cyber space: the European Parliament votes through the NIS Directive

In March the European Parliament voted through the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive. The NIS (or cyber-security) Directive was proposed in early 2013 and is intended to ensure a high common level of network and information security across the EU.