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  • The EU, AstraZeneca and the public disclosure of contract details

    The EU, AstraZeneca and the public disclosure of contract details

    One of the twists in the very public dispute between the European Commission and drugmaker AstraZeneca over the delays in supply of vaccines saw the European Commission publish the contract which was entered into between them in August 2020. It is standard practice in commercial contracts, particularly those of a sensitive nature, to ensure that there is a confidentiality provision which prohibits either party disclosing details of the contract - but how do you enforce this?

  • What will the end of Brexit mean in practice for UK businesses trading internationally in the EU and beyond?

    What will the end of Brexit mean in practice for UK businesses trading internationally in the EU and beyond?

    On 31 December 2020 the transition period relating to the UK's exit from the European Union will end. There is no trade deal yet in place between the UK and the EU, though some trade arrangements are in place, for example with Japan. There is uncertainty. But it remains possible for businesses to mitigate risk by undertaking some forward planning and by considering what they may need to do and making preparations.

  • Update: Coronavirus and data protection compliance obligations on all organisations

    Update: Coronavirus and data protection compliance obligations on all organisations

    As well as managing resources in order to comply with the GDPR's timescales, organisations may face challenges in being able to collate and review all applicable personal data. The GDPR primarily relates to electronic personal data and so even with remote working it should be possible for organisations to access such personal data for the purposes of, for example, responding to a subject access request.