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Data security rules for data processors fail stated aim of EU data protection reforms, says expert

OPINION: Current proposals to write data processors' data security obligations into new EU data protection laws would not build consumers' trust in online services through the protection of personal data – a stated aim of the reforms. 06 Mar 2015

Office of Tax Simplification: 'lack of clarity' around self-employment status for tax purposes must be addressed

The UK government and tax authorities need to produce clearer guidance, with more real-life examples, to help firms decide whether a worker is employed or self-employed for tax purposes, according to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). 06 Mar 2015

Out-Law Guides

  • Using competitive tenders

    Many private sector organisations are using competitive tenders to procure goods and services or award significant contracts. Competitive tenders can be used to maintain a competitive edge and drive a better commercial deal.

  • Using proactive remedies to solve outsourcing contract problems

    Businesses and outsourcing suppliers often face problems that cause commercial harm but are not serious enough to merit using contractual remedies, which are usually confined to damages claims or contract termination. 

  • Rules for directors of foreign invested companies (FIEs) in China

    This guide provides an overview of the role and potential liability of directors of foreign invested enterprises (FIEs) in China. 

  • Managing an Outsourcing

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in February 2008. Detailed strategic procurement planning and stakeholder ownership are key to success in outsourcing projects, says Simon Colvin ...

  • IR35: the basics

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in March 2013.

  • An introduction to IT outsourcing

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in February 2008 The trend in outsourcing continues to grow – both in the number and value of outsourcing transactions and in the variety of...

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Water companies held to be public authorities for the purposes of the Environmental Information Regulations

Three private water companies were 'public authorities' for the purposes of the 2005 Environmental Information Regulations (EIR), making them subject to the same freedom of information requirements, the Upper Tribunal has ruled. 06 Mar 2015

New guidance for public bodies on the use of pre qualification questionnaires in procurements

Public bodies should use the government's standardised pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) when conducting procurements for large value contracts, the UK government has said in new guidance it has issued. 05 Mar 2015

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Expertise in Sourcing

The sourcing market is constantly evolving. Contracts remain under close scrutiny, and as businesses seek to transform the delivery of their services, meet their digital goals and review their operating costs, many clients are reconsidering their approaches to their sourcing arrangements. Our team of specialist sourcing lawyers advises international clients on innovative approaches to new outsourcing models.

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