Budget 2021 – Investment in Innovation

In what has been described as the most important budget for business in a generation, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, presented the 2021 budget to Parliament on 3 March 2021. (Our recent briefing on the Spring 2021 Budget can be found here). At the same time as publishing the Budget statement, the government … Read more

The Crackdown on Undisclosed Advertising: ASA issues Warning to Influencers

The Adverting Standards Authority (“ASA”) has released its influencer monitoring report, summarising the results of the analysis the ASA conducted in September last year. The ASA conducted an analysis of over 24,000 Instagram stories, posts, and reels across 122 influencers to assess whether the rules in respect of influencer advertising were being followed. The ASA … Read more

A new era for online regulation: Live panel session on the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

On Thursday 25 February experts from across our international network, covering a variety of practices and sectors (including competition, data, media and digital technology), took part in a live panel session to discuss the proposed Digital Services Act (“DSA”) and Digital Markets Act (“DMA”). The DSA and DMA legislative package was published on 15 December 2020 … Read more

FCA technology change management review: Top tips for avoiding operational disruption

On 5 February 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a report titled ‘Implementing Technology Change’, which sets out findings from its review into how financial services firms manage technology change, the impact of change failures, and industry practices to help reduce the impact of incidents resulting from change management. The FCA analysed over one … Read more


On 8 December 2020, the Government launched the long-awaited review of the UK’s Gambling Act 2005 (the “2005 Act”), with a call for evidence running for 16 weeks to 31 March 2021. After the call for evidence closes, the Government is expected to publish its conclusions and proposals for reform in a white paper later … Read more

Horizon Scanning: Digital Regulation

Keeping up to date with regulatory developments in the digital space can be a challenge at the best of times! To help our clients stay ahead of the game, we have re-launched our horizon scanning timeline on an interactive new platform, providing an easily accessible way to monitor digital regulation across the UK and EU. … Read more

Australia: Disrupting the surveillance regulatory landscape: More reforms on the horizon

By Julian Lincoln, Anna Jaffe, Siobhan Lane, Elliott Mann and Emily La The Australian Federal Parliament’s final sitting fortnight for the year has been exceptionally busy for technology regulation. Amongst the flurry accompanying the introduction of the news media bargaining code and the final Data Availability and Transparency Bill into Parliament, two other key developments … Read more

Online platforms and digital advertising: UK Government endorses CMA’s recommendations for pro-competitive measures

On 27 November 2020, the UK Government published its response to the CMA’s recommendations set out in its final report of its market study into online platforms and digital advertising (the “Final Report”). The Government broadly endorses the CMA’s recommendations, though it identifies the need for further evidence and analysis before granting the full scope of enforcement and intervention … Read more

National Security and Investment Bill: A new dawn for review of foreign investment in the tech and comms sectors in the UK

Yesterday the UK Government introduced the National Security and Investment Bill (the Bill) to Parliament, setting out significant legislative reforms which will overhaul the review of transactions on national security grounds in the UK, against a backdrop of tightening of foreign direct investment (FDI) regimes globally. If passed, the Bill will introduce for the first … Read more