Tuesday, October 31, 2017
• More than 50% of respondents agreed that changes to the Notifiable Occupations Scheme affected information sharing between police and licensing authorities
• 72% of respondents said that do not receive immediate notifications from the police when a taxi licensee (driver, operator or proprietor) is under investigation, arrested or charged
• 42% of respondents said that the Data Protection Act used as a reason for not sharing information
• A substantial 80% of respondents agreed it would useful would it be to have a single point of contact within the police for taxi licensing issues
Just a month after Uber drafted in Hogan Lovells to launch a legal challenge to Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to not renew its private hire licence, the US-based ridesharing company has hired Pepsico’s Tony West as its new chief legal officer.
In a company email, Uber’s chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said that West, who served as PepsiCo’s executive vice president for public policy and government affairs, general counsel (GC) and company secretary, was ‘exactly what Uber needs now’.
‘He has public company experience leading a global team of lawyers across more than 200 countries. As a former federal prosecutor and senior Department of Justice official in the Obama administration, he’s well equipped to handle the investigations into our past practices. And at Pepsi, he has emphasised diversity on his team and across the company.’
Khosrowshahi added: ‘Perhaps most importantly, Pepsi has been named one of the world’s most ethical companies 10 years in a row. Under Tony’s leadership, I’m confident that we will one day join this list.’
Before working for the Obama administration West was a partner at Morrison & Foerster for over seven years. He will begin the role next month and replaces Uber’s current chief legal officer and GC Salle Yoo, who confirmed in September that she would be leaving the company after five years.
West will have his hands full as the company is facing several legal challenges over the coming months, including a legal challenge to TfL after the transport provider revoked Uber’s licence to operate in London in September. According to TfL, Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences and how medical certificates are obtained were among the reasons it came to the decision.
‘Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications’, the statement read.
Hogan Lovells regulatory partner Charles Brasted is advising Uber, and has instructed Tom de la Mare QC of Blackstone Chambers.
The firm has previous history advising the company, as it acted for Uber last August on its legal challenge against new guidelines proposed by TfL. The regulations included written English tests for drivers and insurance for drivers for the entire time that their vehicle is licensed. In that matter, TfL was represented by its in-house team and instructed Martin Chamberlain QC of Brick Court Chambers.
Paul Dacam, who has since retired from the firm, led for Hogan Lovells and instructed de la Mare QC alongside Hanif Mussa of Blackstone Chambers.
Taxi Leaks Extra Bit : English Tests
Is it that these two Uber Prius don't understand English....or are they just illegally touting, by plying for hire from the licensed Taxi rank in Russell Street Covent Garden???
Source : Legalbusiness.co.uk
Monday, October 30, 2017
Uber Accused Of Not Disclosing The Full Picture : Tories Accused Of Keeping Quiet Over Sex Pest Claims
Uber Technologies Inc are under attack again, this time for its financial reporting and have drawn criticism from accounting experts, who say it may even contradict the company’s own auditor’s published advice to clients and investors.
Uber Technologies Inc said it believes it has the blessing of the Securities and Exchange Commission to report financial results without the portion of rider fares that goes to drivers, reported earlier this week by MarketWatch.
On Wednesday, MarketWatch reported that after consultation with the SEC and auditor PwC, Uber adopted new accounting rules that allow it to report only the net revenue that goes to the company when a transaction takes place, leaving out the drivers’ take completely.
Uber said it requested the regulator’s approval in what’s called a “preclearance” letter to the SEC’s chief accountant and noted PwC agreed with its conclusions. The SEC declined to comment on whether Uber had precleared its revenue-recognition approach.
Uber declined to provide to MarketWatch with a copy of its letter to the SEC or the regulator’s response.
“Uber is an accounting opportunist, and it looks like PwC is trying to accommodate them instead of pushing back as they should.”
J. Edward Ketz, an associate professor of accounting at Pennsylvania State University, said Uber is foolish to not report what it pays drivers even if it doesn’t have to.
“That statistic is an important data point for investors in the evaluation of how well the company is doing because it helps in the estimation of future business,” Ketz told MarketWatch. “Some investors will walk away from the firm if Uber does not allow them to understand and quantify its business model.”
- A Cabinet minister is alleged to have placed his hand on the thigh of a female journalist and said 'God, I love those t*ts';
- Anonymous reports suggested a second senior minister had an affair with a junior female aide who is also now an MP;
- A Liberal Democrat peer was rumoured to have invited female journalists to lunch, telling them to wear knee-high boots and short skirts;
- MPs were said to be sharing stories about a Conservative who allegedly takes pictures of young men in compromising positions and uses them to extract sexual favours;
- It also emerged that women working at the Scottish parliament have been victim to a 'catalogue' of sexual harassment incidents, according to a high-profile lawyer;
- Mrs May's former communications chief said whips often kept incriminating evidence to push MPs into following the party line in votes.
Last week Mrs May described the sex pest claims as deeply concerning and encouraged victims to report their allegations to the police. Overnight she wrote to Mr Bercow to demand the establishment of a grievance procedure to deal with Westminster harassment complaints.
The Prime Minister said: 'It is important that those who work in the House of Commons are treated properly and fairly.'
36 Tory MPs are engulfed in these sex pest claims, compiled yesterday by Conservative researchers. That's more than 10% of their sitting MPs in the commons.
Source : MarketWatch, Twitter, The Times and DailyMail.