eSports gambling – regulators take a closer look

  • Posted on 24th August 2016
eSports gambling – regulators take a closer look

The prospect of video gamers becoming paid professionals, and people placing bets on the outcome of contests, would have seemed unthinkable a few years ago. However, what has become known as eSports has rapidly risen to prominence in recent years as a result of growing interest and participation from consumers, a succession of business deals and industry expansion, regulatory interventions,…

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Energy storage technologies – will they be able to flourish within current regulatory frameworks?

  • Posted on 3rd August 2016
Energy storage technologies – will they be able to flourish within current regulatory frameworks?

The concept of energy storage is not new. However, technology advancements and the increased sense of urgency in relation to decarbonisation have gradually drawn attention to the possibilities of storage. Many argue that energy storage technologies will become one of the defining features of the future energy landscape, as they will allow governments to integrate renewable energy into their grids…

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Natural Capital’s future in UK policy after Brexit and the Protocol

  • Posted on 27th July 2016
Natural Capital’s future in UK policy after Brexit and the Protocol

Natural capital — a term for the earth’s natural resources and support systems that benefit human society — is the underlying focus of our environmental laws and policies. The Clean Air and (Clean) Water Acts of the US and UK are two aptly-named examples of previous policies designed to protect natural resources. At present, in Europe, the EU Circular Economy…

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Membership vs access: Why words have meaning for the future of UK financial services and the Single Market

  • Posted on 26th July 2016
Membership vs access: Why words have meaning for the future of UK financial services and the Single Market

Some of the UK political instability following the EU Referendum in June is beginning to dissipate. A new Prime Minister, reshuffled Ministerial teams, and reshaped Government machinery are in place. A timetable of sorts for the next steps is beginning to form, ie. no triggering of Article 50 to commence the departure negotiations, during this calendar year, but likely early…

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What are the implications of Brexit for Tech firms operating in the UK?

  • Posted on 4th July 2016
What are the implications of Brexit for Tech firms operating in the UK?

More than a week on from the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the political vacuum at the top of both main UK political parties means that the country’s policy priorities and future direction remain unclear. However, against an uncertain background, some potential implications for the Tech sector can be foreseen:   1. Uncertainty over Tech recruitment and access to…

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Robots and liability issues: the future regulatory framework

  • Posted on 30th June 2016
Robots and liability issues: the future regulatory framework

Robots are rapidly gaining public visibility as their development accelerates in conjunction with recent innovations in the domains of artificial intelligence, machine learning, machine-to-machine and machine-to-human interaction. The annual increase in the uptake of industrial and service robots is rapidly becoming a subject of political debate both in national and European fora. There is currently no specific legislation in place…

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Brexit – Implications, what happens next and business considerations

  • Posted on 27th June 2016
Brexit – Implications, what happens next and business considerations

Events have moved very quickly over the weekend, and the timeline for events post the UK referendum on the EU is becoming clearer, if not yet the future scope of UK-EU relations or the eventual implications for politics, economy and business.   Implications   Leadership vacuum in Westminster: a leadership contest is underway in the governing Conservative Party, expected to…

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The UK Government energy policy in-tray: post-23 June

  • Posted on 15th June 2016
The UK Government energy policy in-tray: post-23 June

In the run-up to last Thursday’s EU referendum, policy direction, announcements and news flow dried up as the politicians became increasingly consumed with the debate. Following the tumultuous decision taken by the British people, this piece considers the in-tray that the Government – above all, DECC, but in addition other parts of Whitehall – needs to return to on energy…

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Out of the low growth trap: the limits of central bank power in boosting economic output

  • Posted on 6th June 2016
Out of the low growth trap: the limits of central bank power in boosting economic output

Last week’s gloomy Global Economic Outlook from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the OECD) raises further questions on the degree of reliance placed by policymakers on monetary policy as an engine to boost output in a low growth, ultra-low inflation, economic environment. Markit Economics’ recent study of combined PMI indicators for the UK and the Eurozone indicated growth…

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The CMA Interim Report on Remedies: A more competitive UK retail banking sector or missed opportunity?

  • Posted on 27th May 2016
The CMA Interim Report on Remedies: A more competitive UK retail banking sector or missed opportunity?

Last week’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) set of interim recommendations on the UK retail banking sector represents the culmination of nearly two years work from the new competition regulator analysing plans for structural, market, and anti-trust reform of the industry. It is important to remember the political context which gave rise to the enquiry. Firstly, campaigns against high rates…

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