Knowledge Notes

UK Knowledge Collection | Parliamentary 'wash-up', data law, and online child safety

Published on 31st May 2024

Welcome to this week's Knowledge Collection

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The calling of the general election had an immediate impact on legislation progressing through Parliament. Last week saw a scramble to pass legislation ahead of the prorogation of Parliament, with some bills passing and others falling. Our Insight looks at what made it through (and what did not) during this "wash-up" period. Our Regulatory Outlook looks at how the end of Parliamentary business and the pre-election period of sensitivity has affected the implementation of certain expected regulatory changes.

The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill was one of the casualties of the wash-up period. While the next government can choose to reintroduce it, it is under no obligation to do so. Our annual Data Forum, taking place in London and Bristol, will offer both a UK and EU perspective on developments in the world of data law and regulation. These include online advertising, enforcement and cyber trends, and ICO trends and priorities.

Ofcom has launched a consultation on protecting children from harmful online content, as part of its implementation of the UK's new online safety regime. Later next month, we are hosting a seminar in our London office with Mason Hayes Curran on the new online child safety regimes in both the EU and UK, and how to navigate them.

Recent Insights

Regulatory Outlook

We look at what's on the horizon in 18 areas of business compliance, including the impact of the general election on specific areas of regulation.
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Finishing parliamentary business in the 'wash-up' ahead of the UK general election: what legislation survived and what has fallen?

Prorogation on 24 May brought Parliamentary business to an end, meaning all draft legislation not passed was lost.
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The Energy Transition | What does the general election mean for upcoming changes to energy regulation?

Our weekly update on the UK's transition to net zero includes an assessment of the implications of the general election on existing energy and net zero regulation initiatives.

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Under Construction: legal developments in the UK construction industry | May 2024

This month's update includes early indications of commitments from the Labour and Conservative parties in relation to the construction industry, the new JCT Design and Build contracts, new second staircase requirements for qualifying residential buildings, and a recent decision on notice provisions in building contracts.
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Could the Health and Safety Executive take a leaf out of the Environment Agency’s enforcement book?

The lifting of the cap on civil sanctions that the Environment Agency can impose on companies in breach provides a meaningful alternative to prosecution. It is an approach the Health and Safety Executive may wish to follow.
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Upcoming Events

London International Disputes Week | 3-6 June

In its fourth year, London International Disputes Week explores the theme of "Uniting for global challenge and opportunity". Our Disputes team is supporting the following sessions, three of which we are hosting in our London Wall office.

International Arbitration Day: Space – the new disputes frontier | 3 June | 16:30-18:30

International Arbitration Day: Silicon Valley leads the way – is arbitration the answer for tech disputes? | 3 June | 16:30-18:30

When alternative becomes mainstream: the future for ADR on the global construction stage | 5 June | 09:00-10:30

The impact of Satoshi Nakamoto on English law | 5 June | 09:00-10:30 | One London Wall

Crypto fraud: interim relief in the English courts | 5 June | 11:00-12:30 | One London Wall

Arbitral Institutions' Congress | 5 June | 09:00-15:30

A new aggressive dawn in UK corporate crime enforcement?  What the new Serious Fraud Office regime may mean for UK and international business | 5 June | 16:00-17:30

Construction disputes skills crisis? | 6 June | 09:30-10:30 | One London Wall

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Annual Data Forum

4 June | One London Wall | 08:30-12:30 and 13 June | Halo, Bristol | 13:30-18:00

Our international data team provide both a UK and EU perspective on developments in the world of data law and regulation. The event will include a mix of practical case studies, discussion points and a panel session.

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The challenging economic climate of completing logistics developments

5 June | 10:00-10:45

Businesses involved in the financing, development and operation of logistics assets face an increasing number of challenges. How can they minimise potentially costly delays?
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Unlock development potential: the power of co-location

12 June | 10:00-10:45

Integrating warehouses into mixed-use urban areas can be legally challenging with important planning considerations often overlooked. The session will focus on strategies to gain planning permission and for the important planning considerations for logistic hub development in cities.
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Child Safety Spotlight: navigating new online safety legislation

20 June | One London Wall | 08:30-10:30

Osborne Clarke and Mason Hayes Curran host a seminar on online child safety, with a guest speaker from Ofcom. The seminar will focus on the new regulatory regimes in the UK, Ireland and EU to safeguard children in the digital world, and what the obligations mean in practice.
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* This article is current as of the date of its publication and does not necessarily reflect the present state of the law or relevant regulation.

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