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Non-essential UK Businesses and Premises Must Now Shut – Clarifying “Essential”?

On 23 March, the UK government announced the closure of a range of business and other premises, largely those whose business involved interaction with the general public. The Guidance issued by government explaining the effect of the decision included a detailed list of businesses which had to close, but also included the sentence – since … Continue Reading

COVID-19: Italy ratchets up

What has changed? Up to now, European Governments have followed an approach to tackling Coronavirus based on three main elements:  closing down the main public interactions (retail, hospitality, sports) except those necessary for food and healthcare;  encouraging/requiring people to work remotely where they can, and to stay away from work if not essential;  and social … Continue Reading

Recent Developments in Defense Technology – Restructuring of Acquisition Directorate and Key Nominations 

On February 1, 2018, the Department of Defense formally disestablished the office of Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics and will begin a four-month effort to reorganize its acquisition directorate, as required under recent reform legislation.  Our colleagues from the Defense Public Policy practice, Jack Deschauer and Pablo Carrillo, discuss the key nominations and what is necessary … Continue Reading

Federal Contractors Beware: Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants Down

A written federal Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct and company business ethics awareness and compliance program makes more business sense now than it ever has. It is no secret that workplace non-consensual sexual misconduct was a hot topic this year.  In many circumstances, the alleged misconduct happened in the workplace calling into question … Continue Reading

Cross-post from Conflict Minerals Law Blog: Conflict Minerals Report No Longer Required? Wait — Not So Fast

Now that the matter has been remanded to the Commission, Acting Chairman Piwowar and the SEC Division of Corporation Finance have both issued public statements on the D.C. Court of Appeals decision reaffirming its prior holding that the Conflict Minerals rule “violate[s] the First Amendment to the extent the statute and rule require regulated entities to … Continue Reading

Cross-post from Conflict Minerals Law Blog: European Conflict Minerals Regulation — Details On What EU Importers Must Do

We’ve published another update on conflict minerals rules, this time regarding the EU regulation.  Click below to read about the proposed EU conflict minerals regulation, some similarities it has with the US rule, and importantly what EU importers need to know to comply with its requirements. European Conflict Minerals Regulation — Details On What EU … Continue Reading

Analysis – President Trump's Joint Address to Congress

Squire Patton Bogg’s public policy team produced an analysis of President Trump’s first appearance before a joint session of Congress.  Addressing Congress on his 40th day in office, the President set forth his policy goals for what he expects to accomplish in the next 40 days and beyond. In their analysis, our public policy colleagues discuss four … Continue Reading

National Food Crime Whistleblowing: Time to Review Safeguards Against Supply Chain Threats?

On November 28, 2016, the Food Standards Agency’s National Food Crime Unit launched “Food Crime Confidential”, a reporting facility targeted at those working in or around the UK food industry, where anyone with suspicions about food crime can confidentially report them over the phone or through email.  Rob Elvin, Partner in our Manchester office, and Nicola Smith, Senior … Continue Reading

Legal Blacksmith Review From Spend Matters

We are honored to have yet another great review of Rosemary Coates and Sarah Rathke’s book, Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes.  This review is by Peter Smith of Spend Matters, a global content community which publishes research and updates related to the procurement and supply chain sector.  Peter’s book review highlights the new … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Tax Issues in the Supply Chain

The following is a guest post from Linda Pfatteicher, a Partner in our San Francisco office.  Linda concentrates her practice in international tax and operational structuring, cross-border mergers, acquisitions and post-acquisition integration, and international tax controversies. As a company sources materials and those materials then flow through the company’s internal supply chain, tax issues can … Continue Reading

Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes, featured on SupplyChainBrain podcast

Sarah Rathke and Rosemary Coates were guests on a recent podcast episode with SupplyChainBrain discussing their new book Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes.  Sarah and Rosemary chatted about key points found in their helpful guide to understanding supply chain operations and the law that applies, including building the relationships between … Continue Reading

The Long and Winding “Driverless” Road: Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Technologies of Today…and Tomorrow

We have recently written the attached thought leadership piece on some of the legal issues arising from the development of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technologies.  It is primarily written from a UK legal perspective, but this technology is already being developed and tested globally.  Emerging CAV technologies is an exciting, cutting edge and potentially … Continue Reading

The Big Manufacturing Debate for the West Midlands

Recently Squire Patton Boggs, in collaboration with TheBusinessDesk.com, hosted The Big Manufacturing Debate for the West Midlands where businesses took part in discussions on, amongst other things, the UK’s EU referendum.  Discussions amongst panellists included whether they thought the UK would be better or worse off as a result of being in the EU and … Continue Reading

Pre-Publication Book Review of Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes in SCM World (Book Available in 3-5 Days!!)

As many who follow this blog know, Squire Patton Boggs  attorney Sarah Rathke and supply chain consultant Rosemary Coates  are scheduled to release a book on supply chain disputes and litigation in the very near term.  Entitled, Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes, Sarah and Rosemary’s book aims to educate in-house counsel … Continue Reading

See Our Article in the January/February Edition of ACC Docket, Written With Anza D’Antonio

As supply chain and procurement professionals are well aware, the past five years have seen a dramatic increase in supply chain transparency laws and regulations.  Motivated largely by a desire to provide consumers with more information about corporate operations, these laws require manufacturers and retailers to know more than ever about what goes on at … Continue Reading

Traceability of Supply Chain for Government Contractors

The US Department of Defense recently announced a new proposed rule addressing the issue of counterfeit electronic parts in government contractor supply chains.  The proposed rule would require contractors to utilize trusted suppliers to obtain electronic parts and maintain traceability of the electronic parts back to the original manufacturer.  The objective of the proposed rule is … Continue Reading

Manufacturing Report: Levels of Confidence within UK Manufacturing Sector

As previously posted, Squire Patton Boggs and TheBusinessDesk.com surveyed the UK’s manufacturing sector and conducted a series of roundtables to determine what the industry needs in order to stay competitive in the global market.  The resulting manufacturing report gauges levels of confidence within the manufacturing sector and what businesses want to see from the government … Continue Reading

Results of Roundtables: UK Manufacturing Sector’s Views on the EU Referendum

Earlier this year, Squire Patton Boggs teamed up with TheBusinessDesk.com to gauge levels of confidence within the UK’s manufacturing sector and to determine what businesses need in order to stay competitive in the global market.  At issue were the implications of a referendum on the UK’s membership with the EU.  A survey was set up … Continue Reading

Announcing 30-Minute Boot Camp to Discuss the New Supply Chain Litigation Trend

In our last two posts (here  and here), we discussed the most recent supply chain litigation trend:  litigation based on companies’ California Transparency in Supply Chains Act disclosures.  We expect these cases to increase over the next weeks, months, and years, and predict that they will be expensive and distracting for companies that have to … Continue Reading

Some Really Good Supply Chain Press This Week!

This week, our Squire Patton Boggs global supply chain legal team has gotten some really good press! On Friday, March 6, 2015, Inside Counsel Magazine interviewed Sarah Rathke on “How to Hammer out Supply Chain Contract Issues.”  In this article, we discuss best practices for drafting supply chain agreements and avoiding disputes.  One of the … Continue Reading