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5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks, is set to be faster and more reliable, with greater capacity, and lower response times than previous mobile generations. The uptake within businesses and offices will undoubtedly be very high. Along with the clear benefits this will bring, there are concerns about possible risks this could have to our health. There have, for example, been allegations that 5G will cause cancer, autism and infertility.
We are pleased to announce that we have grown our presence in Portugal by merging with boutique Portuguese firm N. Maldonado Sousa & Associados. The merged firm will move into our existing Lisbon office in the centre of the city.
We have previously examined the potential occupational disease risks of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where we refer to nanomaterials as the next ‘miracle dust ‘for its asbestos-like qualities, and it is this material that we now delve into and the specific health risks it poses.
British people are the least supportive nation in their attitude towards driverless cars, or indeed any form of autonomous vehicle (AV), according to a study across six territories (United Kingdom, United States, Australia, China, Singapore and Hong Kong).
Following extensive debate and consultation, a new whistleblower protection regime commenced in Australia on 1 July 2019. The new laws provide a single, strengthened whistleblower regime that covers the corporate, financial and credit sectors with significant penalties (both civil and criminal) for non-compliance.
Case review 20/06/2019
NI Court of Appeal Rejects EAT’s position on what constitutes a ‘series of deductions’ in holiday pay claims
This week the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal confirmed that in a claim for holiday pay, a series of deductions was a question of fact, which is in stark contrast to the position in Great Britain.
Insurers face challenges investigating claims due to companies’ anxieties over data protection and fear of breaching data management obligations, accentuated by the advent of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.
We are very pleased to announce that we have boosted our offering in Chile by welcoming Chilean law firm Peralta & Gutiérrez into our Santiago office. The move consolidates our leading advisory and litigation teams locally.
A summary of recent developments raising issues in relation to the regulation of the Internet of Things, ethical guidance for artificial intelligence, a consultation to reduce the cost of litigation, environmental considerations in central government contracts, a review of the Consumer Contract Regulations, a consultation on confidentiality clauses, greater protection for residential tenants and an awaited appeal to decide the extent of an employers’ liability for their employees actions.
With all the recent discussions regarding Northern Ireland and ‘regulatory alignment’ you might be forgiven for believing that all laws, including employment laws, are the same across the UK. However, since the devolution of powers to the NI Assembly in 1999, the divergence between employment law in Great Britain and NI has continued to increase.