Blockchain is emerging as a candidate for one of the major disruptive technologies of our time, with the potential to transform a huge number of industry sectors in the near future. While many will have heard of blockchain, not everyone may appreciate fully the extent of its applications, its (current) practical limitations, or the unique legal challenges that it poses.

On this page, we focus on these issues and offer our insights into some of the potential uses for and issues associated with blockchain, distributed ledger technology and crypto-currencies, including our brief introduction to blockchain as a concept.

For more information, you can also download our blockchain report, “Beyond Bitcoin”, which follows on from a series of events that we held across our European offices in conjunction with Reply S.p.a., a blockchain market specialist.

Hong Kong Regulators take action against cryptocurrency exchanges

On 9 February 2017, just before the Chinese New Year holidays, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) released a statement which, amongst other things, disclosed that the territory’s...

Written on 5 Mar 2018

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Bitcoins minen op de werkplek, mag dat?

In een recente uitspraak van de rechter ging het om de vraag of het, zonder toestemming van de werkgever, ‘minen’ van bitcoins op de werkplek door een systeembeheerder een reden...

Written on 1 Mar 2018

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UK lawmakers’ inquiry into digital currency seeks balance between protecting consumers and stifling innovation

On 22 February 2018, the UK House of Common’s Treasury Committee launched an inquiry into digital currencies and blockchain, the distributed ledger technology which underpins them. The Committee is chaired by...

Written on 23 Feb 2018

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Bitcoins of andere cryptocurrencies als loon?

Wij krijgen steeds vaker de vraag of een werkgever zijn personeel ook in bitcoins of in andere zogeheten cryptocurrencies, zoals Ethereum of Ripple mag uitbetalen. Het antwoord op die vraag...

Written on 15 Feb 2018

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Planning for the revolution | Is blockchain going to disrupt the property planning process?

It is widely acknowledged that issues such as speed, transparency and cost hamper the planning system in England and Wales. The disruptive technology of blockchain holds the potential to revolutionise...

Written on 1 Feb 2018

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Blockchain in the financial services sector: what’s on the regulator’s agenda?

Late in 2017, the UK Financial Conduct Authority published a Feedback Statement on its Discussion Paper (DP 17/03) on distributed ledger technology (DLT), otherwise known as blockchain. The Feedback Statement...

Written on 3 Jan 2018

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