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This week’s top 15 legal briefings - 18 January 2015

18-Jan-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Fracking planning in 2015; should counsel be involved in mediations; the new Fit for Work service

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Tweeting hell! download subscription

Gateley

The behaviour of employees on social media and an employer’s ability to discipline inappropriate behaviour has been a hot topic for some time.

The murky world of litigation budgets, recoveries and the proportionality sword download subscription

IBB Solicitors 30-Jan-2015

The Jackson reforms were supposed to cut costs and, in principle, this process worked in Thomas Pink Ltd v Victoria’s Secret UK Ltd.

Contaminated blood victims set to sue the government for compensation download subscription

IBB Solicitors 30-Jan-2015

Victims of a blood scandal that saw some 30,000 people infected with Hepatitis C from contaminated blood transfusions in the 1970s and 1980s are set to sue the Government,

Conduct set to be tightly pre-packed download subscription

Gateley 30-Jan-2015

With a pre-pack, the ability of the insolvency practitioner to sell a company’s assets without the approval of creditors – continues to be the main criticism of the practice

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Enforcing contracts: the importance of careful implementation download subscription

Dentons 30-Jan-2015

In an Ontario Divisional Court decision the issue was the application of a termination clause in an employment contract where the employer violated the contract in the course of the termination.

Tax update — January 2015 download subscription

Arendt & Medernach 30-Jan-2015

The Luxembourg Budget law, abolition of the witholding tax system and a new circular on benefits-in-kind, plus more.

Measures for distressed undertakings of strategic interest download subscription

NCTM 30-Jan-2015

In Italy, measures have been taken to preserve the continuity of operation of industrial plants of national strategic interest.

Read more Employment briefings

Tax update — January 2015 download subscription

Arendt & Medernach 30-Jan-2015

The Luxembourg Budget law, abolition of the witholding tax system and a new circular on benefits-in-kind, plus more.

China proposes major reform of its inbound foreign investment regime download subscription

Minter Ellison 30-Jan-2015

On 19 January 2015, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published the draft PRC Foreign Investment Law (the ‘Draft’) along with an explanation paper, and called for opinions from the public.

Conyers Dill & Pearman advises AXIS Capital on its merger with PartnerRe subscription

Conyers Dill & Pearman 29-Jan-2015

Conyers Dill & Pearman is advising AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd on its $11bn (£7.3bn) merger of equals with PartnerRe Ltd.

Read more Corporate briefings

A quick guide to enforcement in the Cayman Islands download subscription

Mourant Ozannes 30-Jan-2015

A creditor who obtains a Cayman Islands judgment against a debtor for the payment of money has a number of options to enforce that judgment

Burned once again — new tax changes affecting international investors download subscription

Collyer Bristow 30-Jan-2015

Before Thursday 7 May 2015, the date of the next general election, the Conservative Liberal Alliance will make a number of changes to the UK tax regime as it applies to international investors.

Bankruptcy: are you owed enough? download subscription

Memery Crystal 30-Jan-2015

Earlier this month, the government published debtor-friendly reforms to the personal insolvency regime, which it is proposed will come into effect from 1 October 2015.

Read more Banking / Finance briefings

Environmental protection and enhancement fee application due 2 February 2015 download subscription

Karanovic & Nikolic 30-Jan-2015

City of Belgrade requires businesses to pay an environmental protection and enhancement fee

Insolvency litigation alert — January 2015 download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 30-Jan-2015

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s dedicated insolvency litigation team bring you their monthly update on the cases and issues affecting the insolvency and fraud investigation industry. 

Burned once again — new tax changes affecting international investors download subscription

Collyer Bristow 30-Jan-2015

Before Thursday 7 May 2015, the date of the next general election, the Conservative Liberal Alliance will make a number of changes to the UK tax regime as it applies to international investors.

Read more Real Estate briefings

UAE competition law: new regulations and potential effect on M&A transactions download subscription

Dentons 30-Jan-2015

Ever since the new Competition Law came into effect in the UAE in 2013 there has been uncertainty over its enforcement.

Conduct set to be tightly pre-packed download subscription

Gateley 30-Jan-2015

With a pre-pack, the ability of the insolvency practitioner to sell a company’s assets without the approval of creditors – continues to be the main criticism of the practice

Paying for delay and patent settlement arrangements — the European Commission (at last) publishes the Lundbeck decision download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 30-Jan-2015

In 2013 the European Commission announced that it had fined H Lundbeck A/S in respect of infringements of Art 101 of the TFEU and the EEA Agreement. It has finally set out the basis for the infringements.

Read more Company / Commercial briefings

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Media / Entertainment / Sport

WongPartnership LawWatch: The IP, Media & Technology edition, January 2015 download subscription

WongPartnership 29-Jan-2015

The IP, Media & Technology edition of WongPartnership’s LawWatch

Rihanna retains passing-off victory against Topshop download subscription

Shoosmiths 27-Jan-2015

In 2013 global pop sensation Rihanna took legal action against the retail giant and its parent company Arcadia for using an image of her on a T-shirt and succeeded in the High Court with her claim of passing-off.

Tweeting hell! download subscription

Gateley 23-Jan-2015

The behaviour of employees on social media and an employer’s ability to discipline inappropriate behaviour has been a hot topic for some time.

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Thousands access historic wills online download subscription

B P Collins 30-Jan-2015

More than 25,000 historic wills have been accessed by the public since they became available online last month.

Are you shipshape for shared parental leave? weblink subscription

Walker Morris 30-Jan-2015

In view of the imminent changes, the aim of this article is to provide a ‘ShPL ready - checklist’

Family-friendly rights in the workplace download subscription

Memery Crystal 30-Jan-2015

Memery Crystal’s employment department has put together the top ten key facts for employers to know regarding flexible working requests, shared parental leave and time off for ante-natal appointments.

Read more Family briefings

Tax update — January 2015 download subscription

Arendt & Medernach 30-Jan-2015

The Luxembourg Budget law, abolition of the witholding tax system and a new circular on benefits-in-kind, plus more.

The VAT refund secured receivable from a customer admitted to concordato preventivo can be partially satisfied if liened assets value is lower download subscription

NCTM 30-Jan-2015

A company filed a plan for a concordato preventivo providing that creditors would be paid out of future earnings, which the Tribunal of Lucca refused to confirm.

Burned once again — new tax changes affecting international investors download subscription

Collyer Bristow 30-Jan-2015

Before Thursday 7 May 2015, the date of the next general election, the Conservative Liberal Alliance will make a number of changes to the UK tax regime as it applies to international investors.

Read more Tax briefings

Conduct set to be tightly pre-packed download subscription

Gateley 30-Jan-2015

With a pre-pack, the ability of the insolvency practitioner to sell a company’s assets without the approval of creditors – continues to be the main criticism of the practice

Insolvency litigation alert — January 2015 download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 30-Jan-2015

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s dedicated insolvency litigation team bring you their monthly update on the cases and issues affecting the insolvency and fraud investigation industry. 

A quick guide to enforcement in the Cayman Islands download subscription

Mourant Ozannes 30-Jan-2015

A creditor who obtains a Cayman Islands judgment against a debtor for the payment of money has a number of options to enforce that judgment

Read more Insolvency & restructuring briefings

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PPP/PFI/Commercial projects

Video: Construction and infrastructure disputes in emerging markets download weblink subscription

PwC 15-Jan-2015

In this video, Christian Butter and Anthony Morgan of PwC discuss construction and infrastructure disputes in emerging markets.

Africa e-briefing, December 2014: OHADA Masters degree; integration of EALI members; EALI and Morrocan country guide, COMESA guidelines and foreign exchange reform download subscription

Eversheds 19-Dec-2014

Eversheds’ Africa e-briefing includes the new OHADA Masters degree, the integration of EALI members, the EALI summit and country guides, Morrocan guide, COMESA guidelines and foreign exchange reform. 

Uganda goes down the PPP route download subscription

Dentons 12-Dec-2014

In July Uganda joined the list of African countries that have implemented public-private partnership (PPP) laws by passing the Public Private Partnership Bill 2012.

Read more PPP/PFI/Commercial projects briefings

Ryanair flying high at the CJEU download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 30-Jan-2015

CJEU rules when the owner of a database is free, subject to national law, to adopt contractual terms and conditions governing its use.

Moonpig’s cyber security flaw — what a pigsty... download subscription

Collyer Bristow 30-Jan-2015

Personalised greeting card company Moonpig has become the latest in a string of companies to hit the headlines because of a flaw in its cyber security.

Contractual terms to protect your database — a practical alternative to copyright download subscription

Shoosmiths 29-Jan-2015

The CJEU has handed down a ruling that may significantly affect owners of databases of information who wish to restrict how their data is used and those who make use of such databases.

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Paying for delay and patent settlement arrangements — the European Commission (at last) publishes the Lundbeck decision download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 30-Jan-2015

In 2013 the European Commission announced that it had fined H Lundbeck A/S in respect of infringements of Art 101 of the TFEU and the EEA Agreement. It has finally set out the basis for the infringements.

WongPartnership LawWatch: The IP, Media & Technology edition, January 2015 download subscription

WongPartnership 29-Jan-2015

The IP, Media & Technology edition of WongPartnership’s LawWatch

A quick guide to trademarks download subscription

LK Shields Solicitors 27-Jan-2015

Trademarks give your business a unique, protectable brand which is readily identifiable by consumers. 

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Saudi Arabia Update 2015: shop opening hours law proposal; expansion of court system in Riyadh; and more download subscription

Dentons 28-Jan-2015

Dentons has released the January 2015 edition of its Saudi Arabia Update.

UK Parliament votes against moratorium on fracking — but there may be a catch download subscription

Dentons 28-Jan-2015

The House of Commons debate on the Infrastructure Bill did not result in the introduction of the explicit moratorium on further attempts to develop a UK shale gas industry.

Flagging the floating turbine unit weblink subscription

Ince & Co 28-Jan-2015

This article explores the concept of a ‘ship’ under various international maritime conventions and the possibility of treating the floating turbine unit as a ‘ship’ for the purposes of obtaining a ship mortgage.

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Plevin v Paragon — non-disclosure of the amount of PPI commission paid to the lender rendered its relationship with the borrower unfair weblink subscription

Walker Morris 29-Jan-2015

The Supreme Court has ruled that non-disclosure of the significant amount of commission earned by a lender created unfairness in the borrower’s relationship with it.

Conyers Dill & Pearman advises AXIS Capital on its merger with PartnerRe subscription

Conyers Dill & Pearman 29-Jan-2015

Conyers Dill & Pearman is advising AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd on its $11bn (£7.3bn) merger of equals with PartnerRe Ltd.

The entry into force of the Nairobi Convention on Wreck Removal: is it a big deal? weblink subscription

Ince & Co 29-Jan-2015

The Nairobi Convention will come into force in April. It provides a strict liability regime for the removal of hazardous wrecks in Exclusive Economic Zones.

Read more Insurance and Reinsurance briefings

UAE competition law: new regulations and potential effect on M&A transactions download subscription

Dentons 30-Jan-2015

Ever since the new Competition Law came into effect in the UAE in 2013 there has been uncertainty over its enforcement.

Paying for delay and patent settlement arrangements — the European Commission (at last) publishes the Lundbeck decision download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 30-Jan-2015

In 2013 the European Commission announced that it had fined H Lundbeck A/S in respect of infringements of Art 101 of the TFEU and the EEA Agreement. It has finally set out the basis for the infringements.

Reporting requirements for authorised and registered AIFMs in Ireland: deadline approaching download subscription

LK Shields Solicitors 30-Jan-2015

This article provides some pointers for the preparation of Annex IV Reports and, looks at what the information contained in filed AIFM reporting templates might reveal. 

Read more Competition/EU briefings

Serbia: long-anticipated Act on protection of whistleblowers is finally adopted download subscription

Schoenherr 30-Jan-2015

Until recently the Serbian legal system has not paid much attention to protecting whistleblowers. However, it seems the situation is improving.

Global anti-corruption update January 2015 — what’s new? weblink subscription

Ince & Co 29-Jan-2015

December 2014 saw the first three convictions in the Sustainable Growth Group case, involving the fraudulent selling and promotion of investment products based on green biofuel. 

Court sets aside arbitration award for serious irregularity weblink subscription

Ince & Co 29-Jan-2015

Lorand Shipping Ltd v Davof Trading (Africa) BV (Ocean Glory) is a rare example of a successful challenge to an arbitration award on the ground of serious irregularity under Section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996.

Read more Crime briefings

Video: Totum talks — the new pricing paradigm weblink subscription

Totum 8-Jan-2015

Totum’s Tim Skipper, Stephen Allen of DLA Piper and Mark Smith of LexisNexis discuss new approaches to pricing in the legal sector.

Game-changer: why some firms are prioritising IT download subscription

Totum 10-Dec-2014

In a market that has become synonymous with change it is no coincidence (to us at least) that in the past three months we have been asked to help recruit IT directors into four successful, innovative law firms.

E-card? E-nough already download subscription

Totum 9-Dec-2014

There is one thing I really can’t condone — the e-card.

Tax update — January 2015 download subscription

Arendt & Medernach 30-Jan-2015

The Luxembourg Budget law, abolition of the witholding tax system and a new circular on benefits-in-kind, plus more.

A quick guide to enforcement in the Cayman Islands download subscription

Mourant Ozannes 30-Jan-2015

A creditor who obtains a Cayman Islands judgment against a debtor for the payment of money has a number of options to enforce that judgment

Reporting requirements for authorised and registered AIFMs in Ireland: deadline approaching download subscription

LK Shields Solicitors 30-Jan-2015

This article provides some pointers for the preparation of Annex IV Reports and, looks at what the information contained in filed AIFM reporting templates might reveal. 

Read more Financial services briefings

Do I have a ‘construction contract’ for the purposes of the Construction Act? download subscription

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 29-Jan-2015

The case of Savoye and Savoye Ltd v Spicers Ltd serves as a reminder that the provisions of Part II of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

Romania: Amendments to the special construction tax download subscription

Schoenherr 28-Jan-2015

On 1 January 2014, the Romanian Government introduced a new property tax, namely a tax on constructions. This tax has proven to be controversial.

Czech Republic: New EIA legislation may slow down the building-permit procedure download subscription

Schoenherr 28-Jan-2015

On 13 December 2011, the new European Directive No. 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and projects on the environment, which codified the previous regulation, entered into force.

Read more Construction briefings

Training for in-house lawyers in 2015 and beyond download subscription

Shoosmiths 30-Jan-2015

The SRA’s new training regime for all aspirant and qualified solicitors is expected to come into force from November 2016.

Money claim issue fees to rise to five per cent of claim value download subscription

Shepherd and Wedderburn 30-Jan-2015

In this briefing for inhouse lawyers and general counsel, Shepherd and Wedderburn considers the impact of this development. 

The new general counsel: being front and centre of cyber incident response download subscription

PwC 27-Jan-2015

Looking across our cyber response engagements there’s a stark – and  illuminating – contrast between the UK and US.

Read more In-House briefings

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