Yesterday we took our Advertising Law Annual Review Seminar online for the first time ever. Although it was disappointing not to see our clients, friends and contacts face-to-face at Chancery Lane, it was amazing to present to over 250 people from around the world at the same time. 

I was joined on our panel by my partners Jo Farmer, Geraint Lloyd-Taylor and Bryony Long. The slides and materials will be circulated tomorrow to everyone who registered, but if you'd like a copy, please drop me a line. In the meantime, here are our top 10 observations:

  1.  Black Lives Matter has had a profound impact on society, but has been exploited by some rogue advertisers.
  2.  #Ad remains the holy grail for labelling posts, but following Instagram’s assurances to the CMA, the regulators are now comfortable with Instagram’s Paid Partnership tool.
  3.  The regulation of Online Harms will take shape in 2021, as Ofcom sets out its proposed remit and approach.
  4.  The ASA continues to use tech to monitor advertising of age-restricted products on websites and YouTube channels for children.
  5.  Push notifications and social media retargeting may require consent, but get your cookies sorted or face eye-watering fines.
  6. Environmental claims are coming under increasing scrutiny by both the ASA and the CMA.
  7.  The ban on harmful gender stereotyping is working, but the ASA’s latest, light-touch approach is welcome.
  8.  Advertisers should use the ISBA/IPA/APA Tripartite Production Addendum in anticipation of cancelled shoots due to Covid-19.
  9. Gambling rules are set to get tougher in the coming year.
  10. Tackling HFSS advertising: the PM has made it a personal mission to put the nation on a diet with draconian advertising restrictions. 

We look forward to seeing everyone in person in 2022!