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Drones – Legal Challenges in United Kingdom

Commercial use of drones is on the rise, with companies like Amazon (which recently filed a patent for a “flying warehouse”) positioning themselves at the forefront of the field. The challenge is to capitalise on drones’ commercial and technological potential, whilst navigating a complex and developing area of law.     

United Kingdom regulation is comparatively flexible, although the Civil Aviation Authority implements some key restrictions (dependent on drone size and location) and additional technical complexities may arise due to Ofcom’s requirement to avoid radio frequency interference. Businesses will also need to consider the privacy and data protection implications of their drone operations (particularly in densely populated areas) and insurance and liability exposure, in relation to damage to persons or property caused by drones. 

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Francesco Liberatore Competition Attorney Squire Patton Boggs London, UK & Brussels, Belgium & Milan, Italy
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Francesco Liberatore advises clients on all aspects of the application of competition law, in particular in technology driven and digital economy sectors. His experience also focusses on communications law and he coordinates the firm’s EMEA Communications Practice.

He regularly represents clients in investigations before regulatory and competition authorities, as well as managing internal investigations, dawn raids and counseling on compliance issues and various commercial agreements. Francesco handles merger control due diligence and filings, as well as coordinating...

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