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United Kingdom: Bill Introduces New Agency for Cutting-Edge Scientific Research

(Apr. 8, 2021) On March 2, 2021, the government of the United Kingdom (UK) introduced the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill. The bill provides for the establishment of an independent agency known as the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) and sets out the legislative framework that details how the agency should be governed. […]

United Kingdom: New Law Provides Framework for Covert Human Intelligence

(Mar. 31, 2021) The United Kingdom enacted the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Act (the CHIS Act) on March 1, 2021. The CHIS Act provides a framework to provide a criminal conduct authorization (CCA) that enables covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) to participate in actions during the course of their work that would otherwise constitute a […]

United Kingdom: Uber Drivers Are Workers Entitled to Employment Law Protections, Supreme Court Rules

(Mar. 17, 2021) The Supreme Court, the United Kingdom’s highest court, upheld on February 19, 2021, a ruling from the Court of Appeal that drivers who brought an employment law claim against Uber in 2016 were not independent contractors and were entitled to the protections afforded workers under U.K. employment law. The high court rejected […]

United Kingdom: Government Publishes Public Consultation on Environmental Impact of Commercial Spaceflight

(Mar. 2, 2021) On February 10, 2021, the United Kingdom’s government published a consultation (survey) seeking the public’s opinion about the environmental objectives the U.K.’s spaceflight regulator must consider when determining whether to grant a spaceport or launch operator license, along with guidance on how the regulator must implement these objectives. The government acknowledges both […]

England: Proposals Introduced to Reform Pre-charge Bail to Provide Better Protection to Victims of Violent Crime

(Mar. 1, 2021) On January 14, 2021, the U.K. government published its response to a consultation into the use of pre-charge bail amid concern that it was not being used appropriately because of a “presumption against its use,” meaning that the police must use it only when necessary. Most notably, suspects were being released after […]

United Kingdom: Export of King George III Watch Temporarily Banned in Hopes Bridgerton Interest Will Help Raise Funds to Keep It in UK

(Feb. 26, 2021) On January 29, 2021, Minister for Digital and Culture Caroline Dinenage, upon the advice of the Reviewing Committee of the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA) of the Arts Council, placed a temporary bar on the issuance of an export order for a watch designed by Abraham-Louis […]

United Kingdom: Buy Now, Pay Later Transactions to Be Regulated to Protect Consumers

(Feb. 24, 2021) The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a report on February 2, 2021, about the burgeoning use of interest-free “buy now, pay later” agreements and set out 26 recommendations to the U.K. government, including an urgent call to introduce legislation to regulate the unsecured credit market. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in […]

International: International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Confirms Sovereignty of Mauritius over Chagos Archipelago

(Feb. 23, 2021) On January 28, 2021, in its Judgment on Preliminary Objections in the Dispute Concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Mauritius and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) rejected the Maldives’ challenges to the Tribunal’s jurisdiction. The judgment was rendered by the […]

England: New Restrictions for UK and Irish Travelers Returning from High-Risk COVID-19 Countries

(Feb. 16, 2021) On February 15, 2021, England established increased testing, stronger enforcement, and more stringent quarantine requirements to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The U.K. government banned entry to all but U.K. and Irish citizens and residents from 33 countries considered “high risk” for transmitting new variants of COVID-19. These countries are […]

United Kingdom: Compensation Extended to Generation of Immigrants Discriminated against in “Windrush Scandal”

(Feb. 11, 2021) In December 2020, the rules of the Windrush Compensation Scheme were amended to increase the amount of compensation available to individuals and their immediate family members who were affected by the “Windrush scandal”—those who suffered losses due to being unable to demonstrate their lawful immigration status and thus show that they had […]