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Financial regulator's independence put to the test  

08 May, 2024
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s suggestion that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) should reconsider its proposals to name and shame firms under investigation has once again thrust the financial regulator’s independence into the spotlight. Occurring in the lead-up to a high-stakes election, we take a look at the factors fueling the current disagreement, the potential outcomes, and […]

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Financial regulator's independence put to the test  

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s suggestion that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) should reconsider its proposals to name and shame firms under investigation has once again thrust the financial regulator’s independence into the spotlight. Occurring in the lead-up to a high-stakes election, we take a look at the factors fueling the current disagreement, the potential outcomes, and […]
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08 May, 2024

Online Safety Act: Outside of ‘big tech’ who should be worrying about its implementation?

Ofcom and DSIT are currently engaged in a back-and-forth exchange about categorising which companies will be caught by the additional duties of the Online Safety Act. Naturally there has been a lot of focus on the biggest and most well-known social media platforms operating in the UK. But alongside this, real regulatory concern is emerging […]
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07 May, 2024

Local elections: What to watch out for this week

On Thursday, local elections will be held for councils and mayors in England, and 39 police and crime commissioners in England and Wales. Around 2,600 councillors are up for election in 107 councils – far fewer than the 8,500 councillors elected in last year’s local elections. There are no elections in Scotland.   Most of these […]
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29 Apr, 2024

Insights from the first year of the UK’s new subsidy control regime 

Overview The UK’s new post-Brexit subsidy control regime sits against a backdrop of governments across developed economies pursuing more active industrial policy. The UK’s trade partners, most notably the EU, are watching its subsidy regime and decisions closely.   There is significant domestic scrutiny too. Those responsible for scrutinising public spending, such as the National Audit […]
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17 Apr, 2024

The real story of REMA

The UK Government has launched it's second Review of the Electricity Market Arrangement (REMA). Whilst there has recently been a lot of talk about the UK falling behind its counterparts in green investment. It is true the UK’s fiscal firepower is unable to compete with the US Inflation Reduction Act and the EU’s Green Industrial […]
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11 Apr, 2024

AI-PAC: the Flint monthly digest on AI policy in Asia-Pacific

AI-Pac is Flint’s new monthly digest providing our take on the major developments in Asia-Pacific AI policy. Please see here for our first blog, covering January and February. Each month, we will set out: In March, the most consequential AI policy developments took place in South Korea, China, and India: Taken together, these developments demonstrate […]
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03 Apr, 2024

Will it go to penalties? Government introduces a new football regulator

Last week, the Government introduced the Football Governance Bill to Parliament. The culmination of over three years’ work, the Bill addresses concerns about the financial sustainability of English men’s professional football, the probity of individual club owners, and the risk of breakaway leagues (most famously the European Super League) stifling competition.   The Bill is an […]
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27 Mar, 2024

Labour's New Deal for Working People-plans for workers and trade unions

Labour has made a series of policy commitments in its New Deal for Working People and committed to introduce an Employment Rights Bill within its first 100 days. Employment law is one of the biggest areas of divergence between Labour and the Conservatives. It is unlikely Labour will implement all these measures in the form […]
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21 Mar, 2024

Taxing times – preparing for a post-election tax reckoning

Taxing times – preparing for a post-election reckoning The Chancellor’s Spring Budget was characterised by a search for personal tax cuts to sway voters ahead of this year’s election. But in taking another 2p off the rate of National Insurance paid by employees (on top of the 2p cut announced in November), and leaving only […]
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14 Mar, 2024

Reforming the UK electricity market: Location, location, location

Flint View The urgency of the initial stages of the government’s Review of Electricity Market Arrangements (REMA) has drifted in recent months. Formally launched in October 2022, the aim was to swiftly interrogate potential reforms that would better insulate the UK from future global price volatility. But the complexity of implementing major reforms, while maintaining […]
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13 Mar, 2024
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