Andrew Wilkinson

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Lord Burnett of Maldon, the current Lord Chief Justice, has set up a new Advisory Body with the aim of ensuring that the Judiciary of England and Wales is fully informed about developments in artificial intelligence (AI). In setting up the group, Lord Burnett recognised the importance of AI in today’s modern world, and the potential impact of AI on the work of the courts. Professor Richard Susskind, President of the Society for Computers & Law,…
The ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) – a rather vague collective term for the random mix of new technology which has now infiltrated our lives. In simple terms, it is the group of devices that are connected to the Internet. From the fridge which tells its owner that the milk is running low, the interrupting virtual digital assistants, to the latest generation of baby monitor which enables you to watch your off spring from the pub.…
The UK government has recently published its response to its call for views on illicit Internet Protocol Television streaming devices or “ISDs”. The government describes ISDs as “small plug and play media servers, originally designed to allow consumers to stream legitimate content”, which have been modified with software that enables users to view “illegal content through streaming websites, file lockers and BitTorrent trackers”.…
The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the “Act”) has just come into force in the UK. The Act introduces a new corporate offence of failing to prevent the criminal facilitation of criminal tax evasion. More information on the Act, and this new offence, can be found in this briefing. The Act will have an impact on commercial transactions. This is in consequence of the broad definition of ‘Associated Persons’.  This definition includes not just employees…
Every now and again, the English courts hand down a judgment which seems to fly in the face of established law. The recent High Court decision in Goodlife Foods Limited v Hall Fire Protection is one such judgment. Hall installed a fire suppression system in Goodlife’s premises.  A fire subsequently broke out causing property damage and business interruption losses to Goodlife in excess of £6 million.  Goodlife claimed that the cause of the fire was…