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GC Collective Horizon Scanner

Published 25 January 2018

DAC Beachcroft's GC Horizon Scanner is a selection of legal and regulatory developments that we consider are the most interesting and relevant to General Counsel, senior managers and professionals, allowing them keep abreast of issues which are likely to impact their business, prepare for opportunities and mitigate risks.

Personal Data: the new oil and its toxic legacy under the GDPR

Modern companies must use personal data to innovate if they are to prosper, pushing the boundaries of what data is captured and how it is used. However, the commoditisation and innovation surrounding personal data also places our fundamental rights to privacy in great danger. The potential for the loss or misuse of data has grown just as fast.

We have canvassed data protection and privacy experts across Europe to predict how the liability and sanctions landscape will change under the General Protection Regulations, and where the changes will be felt most. We are excited to share our findings in this report.


Data Security in the Dock

Companies, their directors and officers are exposed to a range of criminal and regulatory penalties due to the way they collect, process and disclose personal information. These penalties are significantly increasing the pressure on companies to regularly review and update their data processing and security systems. This article looks at some recent high profile cyberattacks and reviews the data protection laws in the UK. Read more


Criminal Finance Act - four months on

The Criminal Finances Act came into force four months ago but, despite guidance being issued by HMRC and other regulatory bodies, it remains difficult for companies to evaluate the risk of a breach of this legislation and their real exposure to prosecution. This article reviews the minimum steps that should be prioritised and completed by companies now so they can show they have in place "reasonable prevention procedures" to mitigate the risk of facilitating tax evasion. Read more


5 things you didn't know about whistleblowing

This webinar by our recognised experts covers five issues that have arisen from recent cases on whistleblowing. For example, did you know that a whistleblower can have more than one employer at the same time? Or that whistleblowing claims can be brought directly against individual employees and office holders without an employer being involved? Please click here to watch our webinar.


Employment Matters

2018 looks full of challenges with gender pay gap reporting and data protection regulation being top of many agendas in the first quarter. In this edition, our Employment Team looks at some recent decisions by the EAT which may be of interest.


Bridging the gap between SIMR and SM&CR

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SC&MR), which aims to make individuals more accountable for their conduct and competence, is being extended in late 2018 with final rules and a commencement date expected to be announced in the summer. This article looks at five key elements that General Counsel need to be aware of if they are new to the regime or need to bridge the gap between Senior Insurance Managers Regime and the extended SM&CR. Read more


What does 2018 have to offer for Health & Safety?

2018 will be another significant period of change for health and safety in the workplace. In this article, our Health & Safety specialists review the key events and issues raised in 2017 and consider what 2018 may bring from a health and safety perspective.

​Your key contacts are:

Ben Daniels, Partner

Rachel Cropper-Mawer, Partner

Francesca Muscutt, Professional Support Lawyer and contact for specific training requirements or queries regarding legal education.


Ben Daniels

Ben Daniels


+44 (0)117 918 2018

Key Contacts

Ben Daniels

Ben Daniels


+44 (0)117 918 2018

Rachel Cropper-Mawer

Rachel Cropper-Mawer

London - Walbrook

+44(0)20 7894 6888

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