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In brief

On 15 December 2020, the European Commission published its long awaited drafts of the “Digital Services Act” (DSA) and “Digital Markets Act” (DMA). In the run up to the drafts being released there was intense speculation about how far the Commission would go in trying to achieve its aims of “(making) sure that we, as users, have access to a wide choice of safe products and services online. And that businesses operating in Europe can freely and fairly compete online just as they do offline” (EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager). Cutting through all the noise, where do the real impacts lie, and what is the road ahead for these high profile Commission proposals?

You can download and read our in-depth guide to the DSA via the link below.

The EU Digital Services Act: What does the future hold? Download

We have also provided a comprehensive guide to the Digital Markets Act (DMA) which can be read here.


Ben Allgrove is a technology and IP lawyer based in London. A Rhodes Scholar, he has twice been named in The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” lawyers (in 2019 and 2012), along with being named E-Commerce Lawyer of the Year (UK) in the ILO Client Choice Awards 2011 and Assistant Solicitor of the Year in the British Legal Awards in 2009. Ranked in the major directories, Chambers 2018 describes Ben as "a much sought after copyright, brands and designs expert with an emphasis on digital media" and notes his "powers of analysis and quick turnaround." Legal 500 2018 lists Ben as a "special[ist] In contentious and regulatory IP matters" and comments that "he is sharp and knows how to outwit the other side." Ben also leads Baker McKenzie's Global IP & Technology Practice and is also the Firm's partner in charge of Global R&D.


Rebecca is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Intellectual Property and Technology team, based in London. She joined the Firm in 2016 as a trainee and was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2018.


Julia Dickenson is an Associate in Baker McKenzie London office.