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22.04.22 Strictly Boardroom

The Regulation of Stablecoins and the Use of Decentralised Ledger Technology in Financial Markets - A Bitesize Guide to the April 2022 Consultation Response

In January last year, the government issued a consultation paper and call for evidence on the UK’s regulatory approach to cryptoassets and stablecoins. The consultation paper wanted views on how the UK can ensure its regulatory framework is equipped to harness the benefits of new technologies, supporting innovation and competition, while mitigating risks to consumers, market integrity, and financial stability. The government’s proposals in the consultation paper were largely informed by views expressed by UK’s the Cryptoassets Taskforce (made up of HM Treasury, the Bank of England, and the FCA) in its final report setting out a regulatory pathway for the UK to mitigate the risks, and enhance the benefits, of cryptoassets and distributed ledger technology (“DLT”).  
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23.03.22 Strictly Boardroom

Managing cyber risks Part 1: IT Contracts

O’Connors has collaborated with Baker Tilly on a three-part series of articles on the theme Managing Cyber Risk. First published by AIRMIC this article is part one which addresses IT contracts and the complexities that come with cyber risk for law firms, although the issues raised apply equally to other sectors.
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23.03.22 Strictly Boardroom

Managing cyber risks Part 2: Cyber liability insurance policies

O’Connors has collaborated with Baker Tilly on a three-part series of articles on the theme Managing Cyber Risk. First published by AIRMIC this article is part two which addresses cyber liability insurance policies.
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02.02.22 Strictly Boardroom

Appointing the right insurance broker for your business

According to research by challenger insurance broker hubb, UK businesses are demanding greater transparency from their insurance brokers in the placement of their insurance programs, not least in relation to fees charged, commissions received and potential conflicts of interest. By identifying the right insurance broker for your business and appointing them on the right contractual terms, you can ensure this transparency is achieved.
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19.12.21 Strictly Boardroom

Four actions for business following COP26

The recent COP26 in Glasgow had a much greater focus on private sector businesses than in previous summits, increasing the pressure on them to transition to net-zero carbon emissions.
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21.09.21 Strictly Boardroom

The impact of Brexit on insurance broking services

The focus of most articles on Brexit and financial services has been on how Solvency II will impact the way insurers (and other financial institutions) do business now that the UK has left the EU and declined to remain in the single market. Important though this issue is, for many UK-based insurance brokers, the more pressing Brexit issue has been the loss of access to the EU single passport regime under the Insurance Distribution Directive.
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20.09.21 Strictly Boardroom

Business interruption insurance in a pandemic world

Now that the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ has come and gone, we have been reflecting on the events of the last 18 months or so and the impact of the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) business interruption insurance test case. The Supreme Court’s judgment in the test case was headline news in the insurance and national press for weeks, and the tremors it created still reverberate in the marketplace today.
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14.04.21 Strictly Boardroom

Staying the right side of the regulatory perimeter fence with cryptoassets

In February 2009, the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, said that the main problem with conventional currency is that it relies on trust to make it work. Central banks, he said, must be trusted not to debase the currency, but the history of government-issued currencies is full of breaches of that trust.
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06.04.21 Strictly Boardroom

Avoiding common pitfalls when selling or buying a dental practice

The dental sector is heavily regulated, which can make the process of selling and buying a dental practice quite complex. Throw in an NHS contract and the process becomes more complex still.
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26.03.21 Strictly Boardroom

Legal tips for business contracts following the EU Brexit trade deal

Whatever your view of the EU Brexit trade deal (or the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, to give it its proper title) it was bound to present future challenges for the UK and the EU. Few though would have predicted that the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out would be one of them. The AstraZeneca and EU dispute has highlighted just how careful you need to be when drafting clauses in business contracts relating to the supply of goods and services cross-border, and the value of checking the small print.
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