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Recently our Global Sourcing and Technology Transactions team members published a report for SCL on Issues in Global Sourcing Transactions. Their report focuses on how in an increasingly globalized world, outsourcing contracts often have multi-jurisdictional scope. Before putting pen to paper, lawyers should consider with their clients the most appropriate contract structure for the deal […]

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UK’s Industrial Strategy announced—new Government contracting approach will favour UK-based firms after Brexit. UK Government spending currently runs circa £278 billion per annum. Government contractors will be given priority when bidding for UK Government work after Brexit. International players should take note and design their organization and operating models accordingly. Currently, EU public procurement rules, […]

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The FCA has fined Aviva, the UK insurance group, £8.2 million for failing to have appropriate controls over its outsourced service providers. According to the FCA’s press release, the fine would have been even larger at £11.8 million but for a 30% discount due to Aviva for agreeing with the FCA to settle at an […]

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Should what goes out come back in? In a recent guest blog for MRO-Network.com, colleagues Mike Pierides and Caron Gosling discuss insourcing, the bringing back in-house of functions that have previously been outsourced. From regaining control of business-critical functions to increased flexibility and simplified purchasing, Mike and Caron examine the benefits and challenges of returning […]

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The UK’s financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has recently published summaries of the responses it received to a Call for Inputs (CfI) on the use of big data in the retail general insurance (GI) sector as well as outlining its responses to the issues raised. Insurance companies, which are increasingly using big […]

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If you operate a website which does business with consumers based in the European Union, read on. In the recent case, Verein für Konsumenteninformation v Amazon EU Sàrl (28 July 2016), brought by Austrian consumer protection body Verein für Konsumenteninformation (VKI), the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) held that Amazon’s standard terms of […]

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July 7, 2016, saw the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) publish fresh guidance in order to clarify the requirements which apply to the financial services firms it regulates when outsourcing to the cloud. When the FCA talks about the cloud, it is referring to the full range of cloud solutions which have evolved (such as […]

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We all know that “cloud computing” is one of the most tired and overused phrases in the technology industry, and it has been for years. Everyone has gone “to the cloud” now, right? Not so fast. When it comes to cloud-based enterprise email, the market has lagged somewhat behind. A Gartner report published on February […]

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According to Theresa May, the UK’s recently installed prime minister, Brexit means Brexit. But what this actually means in practice is still unknown. There is still a huge amount of debate over what Brexit will look like, what process should be followed and how long it will take. Some commentators, such as Michael Dougan, Professor […]

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In case you missed it, the Great British public caught the world off guard when, on 23 June 2016, a small but significant majority voted in favour of the UK withdrawing from the European Union. Much like the termination of an outsourcing agreement without detailed exit provisions and a well worked out plan, the decision […]