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This week’s top 15 legal briefings - 31 August 2014

31-Aug-2014 | By Jonathan Ames

Commercial disputes are often – indeed, normally – fraught affairs, with the parties on both sides more interested in tearing out each other’s throats than sitting down for a nice cup of tea. Historically, the judiciary has actively or passively condoned that confrontational behaviour. But a recent English Queen’s Bench Division ruling is being hailed as a potential turning point, with litigants in the future increasingly likely to be obliged at least to try to play nicely with each ...

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Out-of-office messages — I am on holiday… over and out download subscription

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Just what should you say when leaving an out-of-office message? Should it be funny, apologetic or just short and simple?

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Shepherd and Wedderburn 2-Sep-2014

The English High Court has recently been asked to consider the meaning of clause 8 of GAFTA Contract 49.

Obese employees and discrimination: the verdict on obese employees hangs in the balance download subscription

IBB Solicitors 2-Sep-2014

Employers are waiting on the outcome of a court ruling that may mean special treatment has to be given to employees whose weight is causing them problems in the workplace.

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Gateley 2-Sep-2014

A favourite context for the use of the word ‘reasonable’ is in loan and other funding agreements that contain negative undertakings.

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MOrsel: the Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013 comes into force download subscription

Mourant Ozannes 2-Sep-2014

The Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013 has come into force. It has been the subject of much speculation as to its likely impact on the workplace and outside.

Obese employees and discrimination: the verdict on obese employees hangs in the balance download subscription

IBB Solicitors 2-Sep-2014

Employers are waiting on the outcome of a court ruling that may mean special treatment has to be given to employees whose weight is causing them problems in the workplace.

Zero-hours contracts: new consultation on tackling avoidance of forthcoming ban on exclusivity clauses download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 2-Sep-2014

The government has published a new consultation seeking views on avoidance of the forthcoming ban on exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts.

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The profit challenge: how the legal sector is working to get its pricing strategies right download subscription

Totum 2-Sep-2014

Pricing is a huge issue in law firms. Over the past 18 months, many large law firms have hired a director of pricing, according to a report published recently.

Getting serious on fraud — the Corporate Accountability Conference 2012 download subscription

PwC 2-Sep-2014

Once again, PwC was very pleased to be the co-operating programme developer for the Corporate Accountability Conference 2012.

Company mergers and takeovers — sponsor licences explained download subscription

Gateley 2-Sep-2014

A number of Tier 2 sponsors do not consider the effect of changes to their company structure on their sponsor licence and/or what their obligations are in such circumstances.

Read more Corporate briefings

Ukraine: new rules for conversion of FX proceeds download subscription

Schoenherr 2-Sep-2014

The National Bank of Ukraine has introduced the compulsory exchange of 100 per cent of foreign currency proceeds.

You need my consent — need I be reasonable in giving it? download subscription

Gateley 2-Sep-2014

A favourite context for the use of the word ‘reasonable’ is in loan and other funding agreements that contain negative undertakings.

Switzerland expands its measures to prevent the circumvention of international Ukraine-related sanctions download subscription

Bär & Karrer 2-Sep-2014

Measures have been adopted to prevent Swiss territory being used as a channel to circumvent international sanctions in connection with the situation in Ukraine.

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Review of some amendments to the Russian laws made in July 2014 download subscription

GRATA Law Firm 1-Sep-2014

This review is effective as of 30 July 2014 and focuses on areas including banks and finance, state procurements and the investment climate.

Presumption of death: new legal powers for families of missing people download subscription

IBB Solicitors 1-Sep-2014

Families of missing people could soon be allowed to take control of their absent relative’s legal and financial affairs.

Government plans to allow more development without planning permission download subscription

Nabarro 29-Aug-2014

The government wants to boost housing supply, revitalise the high street and make better use of existing buildings.

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GAFTA Contract 49: interpretation of the buyer’s right to extend the delivery period download subscription

Shepherd and Wedderburn 2-Sep-2014

The English High Court has recently been asked to consider the meaning of clause 8 of GAFTA Contract 49.

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PwC 2-Sep-2014

Once again, PwC was very pleased to be the co-operating programme developer for the Corporate Accountability Conference 2012.

Zero-hours contracts: new consultation on tackling avoidance of forthcoming ban on exclusivity clauses download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 2-Sep-2014

The government has published a new consultation seeking views on avoidance of the forthcoming ban on exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts.

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Shoosmiths 2-Sep-2014

Ryder Cup organisers have just announced that they are banning the use of audio or video capture and photos unless on the practice range.

Copyright: a new decision of the Court of Turin on the ISP’s liability download subscription

NCTM 1-Sep-2014

The Court of Turin has pronounced its appeal decision within the interim proceedings brought by Delta TV Programs against Google and Youtube for the infringement of its IP rights.

Technology acquisitions round-up — Facebook acquires LiveRail; Apple acquires Beats Electronics; and more download subscription

Eversheds 29-Aug-2014

In this briefing, Eversheds sets out a choice pick of mergers and acquisitions from 2014 so far.

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Shared parental leave: regulations laid before Parliament and new guidance download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 2-Sep-2014

From 5 April 2015, eligible employees will have the right to opt into a new system of shared parental leave.

New right for those in ‘qualifying relationship’ with a pregnant woman or her expected child to attend antenatal appointments download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 2-Sep-2014

Employees and agency workers in a ‘qualifying relationship’ with a pregnant woman can now take unpaid time off work to accompany the woman to antenatal appointments. 

Keeping in touch with your maternity population download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 2-Sep-2014

A recent maternity case (Smith-Twigger v Abbey Protection Group) has illustrated the importance of maintaining contact during the maternity-leave period.

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Luxembourg double tax treaties network — September 2014 weblink subscription

Wildgen 2-Sep-2014

Wildgen has released a September 2014 update on the Luxembourg double tax treaties network.

Proposals for reforming the taxation of termination payments download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 2-Sep-2014

The Office of Tax Simplification published its final report on the taxation of employee benefits and expenses and termination payments on 31 July 2014.

RPI to CPI: court allows switch for both past and future service download subscription

Nabarro 29-Aug-2014

A recent case involving two Arcadia pension schemes shows the court allowing a switch from RPI to CPI, for both past and future service.

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Draft of a new regime for the rescuing of banks in Germany download subscription

Allen & Overy 2-Sep-2014

The German bank restructuring and resolution regime is approaching its ‘home stretch’.

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Gateley 2-Sep-2014

A number of Tier 2 sponsors do not consider the effect of changes to their company structure on their sponsor licence and/or what their obligations are in such circumstances.

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Gateley 1-Sep-2014

The government has introduced the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which if passed will make changes to the insolvency profession.

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Bär & Karrer 2-Sep-2014

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Walker Morris 1-Sep-2014

Mansfield District Council received grant money from the European Regional Development Fund for two development projects relating to town-centre improvements.

Ebola outbreak: is it a force majeure event? download subscription

Eversheds 27-Aug-2014

The potential impact of Ebola is of interest to all corporations with a presence in Africa, and in particular to those with projects, assets and personnel in the countries affected.

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Shoosmiths 2-Sep-2014

Ryder Cup organisers have just announced that they are banning the use of audio or video capture and photos unless on the practice range.

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Schillings 2-Sep-2014

An anonymous web forum 4Chan claims to have hacked into Apple’s iCloud, but this hasn’t been independently verified.

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Recommind 1-Sep-2014

Information governance is real, but projects are taking too long to get going and need better C-level support. These are some of the findings of the inaugural report of the IGI.

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Shoosmiths 2-Sep-2014

Ryder Cup organisers have just announced that they are banning the use of audio or video capture and photos unless on the practice range.

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Dentons 2-Sep-2014

The dispute actually began in July 2011 between the UK-based Caters News Agency, who had hired Slater to do a nature shoot in Indonesia, and the blog Techdirt.

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NCTM 1-Sep-2014

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Gateley 29-Aug-2014

In July, DECC published its consultation paper on the proposed Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations (Non-Domestic).

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman 29-Aug-2014

Mexico’s new energy legislation will completely restructure the Mexican energy sector, including both hydrocarbons and electricity.

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PwC 28-Aug-2014

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Shepherd and Wedderburn 27-Aug-2014

The Pensions Regulator has reported that a settlement agreement had been reached in respect of the Lehman Brothers Pension Scheme.

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NCTM 1-Sep-2014

Coty Germany filed a claim before the first-instance German court against First Note for infringement of its Community tri-dimensional trademark.

Protecting your market and goodwill; post-termination restrictions and stepping rights upheld download subscription

Eversheds 29-Aug-2014

In Carewatch Care Services v Focus Caring Service and Others, Mr Justice Henderson had to consider the enforceability of standard post-termination restrictions.

It was not open to the court to re-make the parties’ bargain download subscription

Winckworth Sherwood 29-Aug-2014

The Court of Appeal has considered whether the High Court made the right decision in re-writing a 12-month non-compete covenant so that it made commercial sense.

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PwC 2-Sep-2014

Once again, PwC was very pleased to be the co-operating programme developer for the Corporate Accountability Conference 2012.

Insolvency litigation update — disclosure of documents can be justified if litigant engages in strategy of concealment; and more download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 1-Sep-2014

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s insolvency litigation team brings you its monthly update on the cases affecting the insolvency and fraud investigation industry.

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Dentons 29-Aug-2014

Dentons highlights lessons that can be learned from the Humphrey case and provides advice for navigating the risks associated with internal investigations in China.

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Recommind 18-Aug-2014

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Eversheds 27-Aug-2014

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Stephenson Harwood 29-Jul-2014

In this webcast, Jonathan Kirsop examines how the UK data protection regime applies to regulate disclosed information.

Procurement Pulse — in-house award to non-profit organisation; challenging a procurement process; and more weblink subscription

DLA Piper 16-Jul-2014

DLA Piper has released its Procurement Pulse publication for June 2014.

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Allen & Overy 2-Jul-2014

Allen & Overy has commissioned independent research into how the delivery of legal services is changing around the world.

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