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This week’s top 15 legal briefings - 14 December 2014

14-Dec-2014 | By Richard Simmons

Rights to light; key clauses for tenants; key employment cases of 2014

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Video game piracy: levelling up download subscription

Kemp Little

Like all digital content industries, video gaming has been beset by piracy, and this article looks at some of the issues facing the sector.

McKesson: FCA allows taxpayer’s motion download

Dentons 22-Dec-2014

The Federal Court of Appeal has allowed the taxpayer’s motion to amend its Notice of Appeal to add a new ground of appeal.

Serbia acts against corruption by protecting whistleblowers download

Karanovic & Nikolic 22-Dec-2014

Serbia has adopted a Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers, its first that should provide effective protection to individuals who report suspicions of corruption.

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Serbia acts against corruption by protecting whistleblowers download

Karanovic & Nikolic 22-Dec-2014

Serbia has adopted a Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers, its first that should provide effective protection to individuals who report suspicions of corruption.

Avoiding an employment law hangover at the office Christmas party download

Memery Crystal 22-Dec-2014

12 festive tips to help minimise any risks before, during and after the office Christmas party and provide a safe (and fun) environment for employees.

How should employers react to inappropriate tweets? download

Memery Crystal 22-Dec-2014

Game Retail Ltd v Laws highlights the importance of clear social media and disciplinary policies.

Read more Employment briefings

McKesson: FCA allows taxpayer’s motion download

Dentons 22-Dec-2014

The Federal Court of Appeal has allowed the taxpayer’s motion to amend its Notice of Appeal to add a new ground of appeal.

Serbia acts against corruption by protecting whistleblowers download

Karanovic & Nikolic 22-Dec-2014

Serbia has adopted a Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers, its first that should provide effective protection to individuals who report suspicions of corruption.

Avoiding an employment law hangover at the office Christmas party download

Memery Crystal 22-Dec-2014

12 festive tips to help minimise any risks before, during and after the office Christmas party and provide a safe (and fun) environment for employees.

Read more Corporate briefings

Protected Cell Companies download

Mourant Ozannes 22-Dec-2014

Guernsey was the first jurisdiction to introduce the concept of a protected cell company but the Companies Law has effectively modernised it.

Financial services and regulatory winter update – December 2014 download

Mourant Ozannes 22-Dec-2014

Top tips for dealing with a JFSC on-site examination; guidance on investment business on-site examinations and an important decision of the Royal Court concerning the information a party subject to regulatory action should be provided with.

Read more Banking / Finance briefings

Landlords: Recovering repair costs in damages claim download

Shepherd and Wedderburn 22-Dec-2014

Two recent Scottish property cases have forced a change in the property industry’s understanding of a landlord’s right to claim the full ‘cost of repair’.

The Law Commission’s final report on rights of light download subscription

Shepherd and Wedderburn 19-Dec-2014

The Law Commission published its long awaited final report on rights of light on 4 December 2014, setting out its proposals to reform this area of law.

Best price? Strickland v Blemain Finance Ltd download subscription

Gateley 19-Dec-2014

A heritable creditor is required to ‘take all reasonable steps to secure that the price at which all or any of the subjects are sold is the best that can be reasonably obtained’.

Read more Real Estate briefings

Extortionate credit terms: a get out of jail free card? download

Gateley 22-Dec-2014

What the law (s244) says about credit terms once a company has fallen into insolvency

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. 

Read more Company / Commercial briefings

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Media / Entertainment / Sport

Sony Entertainment hackers silence free speech download

Schillings 22-Dec-2014

When Sony announced film The Interview would not be released at all, it marked the first time that a film has been withdrawn purely because of a hack attack

UK: freedom of speech — unnamed artist to appeal publishing injunction in the Supreme Court download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

 A well-known British performing artist was granted permission to take his case to the Supreme Court, where he will appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision in OPO v MLA & STL.

Important news for designers and traders in replica designs weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Dec-2014

The term of copyright protection for literary, dramatic and musical works is the creator’s life plus 70 years.

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Married couples staying together ‘for the sake of the children’ download

IBB Solicitors 22-Dec-2014

A survey of 2,000 adults reveals that a quarter of married couples are only staying together for the sake of their children, and expect to divorce as soon as they have grown up.

UK: freedom of speech — unnamed artist to appeal publishing injunction in the Supreme Court download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

 A well-known British performing artist was granted permission to take his case to the Supreme Court, where he will appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision in OPO v MLA & STL.

The use of the inherent jurisdiction to disrupt child sexual exploitation download subscription

No5 Chambers 18-Dec-2014

On the 15 December Mr Justice Keehan handed down his judgment in six connected cases involving child sexual exploitation.

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McKesson: FCA allows taxpayer’s motion download

Dentons 22-Dec-2014

The Federal Court of Appeal has allowed the taxpayer’s motion to amend its Notice of Appeal to add a new ground of appeal.

Romania legal update: September-October 2014 download

Maravela & Asociatii 19-Dec-2014

Maravela’s newsletter sets out the main amendments and news pertaining to enactments and case law for Romania, September – October 2014. Contents: Agriculture Competition Energy and natural resources Regulatory and compliance Tax Click on the link below to read the rest of the Maravela briefing.

Vox tax – global protections for tax advice download

Dentons 19-Dec-2014

Governments’ efforts to curb what they perceive to be aggressive international tax planning is leading many multinational companies to question their tax advice.

Read more Tax briefings

Protected Cell Companies download

Mourant Ozannes 22-Dec-2014

Guernsey was the first jurisdiction to introduce the concept of a protected cell company but the Companies Law has effectively modernised it.

Extortionate credit terms: a get out of jail free card? download

Gateley 22-Dec-2014

What the law (s244) says about credit terms once a company has fallen into insolvency

Comet v Whirlpool provides guidance on scope of section 236 of Insolvency Act download

Shepherd and Wedderburn 19-Dec-2014

An English High Court judgment on an application for recovery of documents provides guidance on the scope of section 236 of the Insolvency Act.

Read more Insolvency & restructuring briefings

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PPP/PFI/Commercial projects

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.

Croatia: a look at the Strategic Investment Projects Act one year after implementation download subscription

Schoenherr 11-Dec-2014

Croatia is in its sixth consecutive year of recession.

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Global: 24 privacy authorities worldwide call for more mobile app privacy download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

The increased focus of national data protection authorities on the processing of personal data through mobile apps was again confirmed in an open letter from a group of data protection authorities.

BYOD: how to switch off this Christmas download subscription

B P Collins 19-Dec-2014

With employees increasingly using their personal mobile phones for business calls, employers must consider the legal implications of today’s ‘always on’ environment more than ever.

Right to privacy still tentative in Japan download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

A court ruled in the case of a plaintiff who claimed his privacy rights had been violated because Google search engine results of his name included news articles suggesting he had a criminal past.

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US Supreme Court to review whether a reasonable belief of patent invalidity is a defense to induced infringement download subscription

Dentons 19-Dec-2014

 The US Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari to review the Federal Circuit’s holding in Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc.

European patent law: fundamental reform ahead download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

The European Union member states are preparing to introduce a new European Patent with Unitary Effect and a single Unified Patent Court with divisions located throughout Europe.

Patentability of isolated nucleic acid: US vs Australia download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

Patents directed to genetic material have been t­­­­he subject of significant public discourse and legal challenge worldwide.

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Romania legal update: September-October 2014 download

Maravela & Asociatii 19-Dec-2014

Maravela’s newsletter sets out the main amendments and news pertaining to enactments and case law for Romania, September – October 2014. Contents: Agriculture Competition Energy and natural resources Regulatory and compliance Tax Click on the link below to read the rest of the Maravela briefing.

South Africa Energy Update: The Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill download subscription

Dentons 19-Dec-2014

The South African government has intends to move away from bilateral investment treaties (BITs), and to protect foreign investors by means of national legislation instead.

Do you have to be reasonable when exercising a contractual discretion? weblink subscription

Walker Morris 19-Dec-2014

This is a question that the courts have been asked to consider several times over the last few years and has been raised again in the case of Bluewater Energy Services BV v Mercon Steel Structures BV.

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California’s Insurance Fraud Prevention Act: three unsettled issues the health sector should understand download subscription

DLA Piper 19-Dec-2014

California’s Insurance Frauds Prevention Act, Ins. Code §§ 1871 et seq. (IFPA), is an unusual false claims statute.

Fraudulent means and devices: honesty is the best policy download subscription

Eversheds 19-Dec-2014

Versloot Dredging BV & Or v HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG & Ors considered whether the entire claim is forfeit if an Insured relies on fraudulent means or devices in pursuing a claim.

Unpicking the insurance stress test results — a concern or not? download subscription

KPMG 16-Dec-2014

The headlines following the release of the latest European insurance stress test results made depressing reading. However, the actual position is more positive.

Read more Insurance and Reinsurance briefings

Slovenia: Changes to food legislation – Part I download

Schoenherr 22-Dec-2014

 The Regulation 1169/2011 on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers has now became directly applicable in Slovenia.

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. 

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Serbia acts against corruption by protecting whistleblowers download

Karanovic & Nikolic 22-Dec-2014

Serbia has adopted a Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers, its first that should provide effective protection to individuals who report suspicions of corruption.

The EU’s Fourth Anti Money Laundering Directive download

LK Shields Solicitors 22-Dec-2014

Existing rules in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing are updated.

Police can’t be both judge and jury when facing complaints over their actions download

Neil Hudgell Solicitors 19-Dec-2014

Plans to strip police forces in England and Wales of powers to handle complaints against their own officers seem entirely sensible.

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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.

Challenges to professional firm governance download subscription

Baker Tilly 9-Dec-2014

The cobbler’s children were frequently at risk of going unshod. And so it is with governance in professional service firms.

Protected Cell Companies download

Mourant Ozannes 22-Dec-2014

Guernsey was the first jurisdiction to introduce the concept of a protected cell company but the Companies Law has effectively modernised it.

Financial services and regulatory winter update – December 2014 download

Mourant Ozannes 22-Dec-2014

Top tips for dealing with a JFSC on-site examination; guidance on investment business on-site examinations and an important decision of the Royal Court concerning the information a party subject to regulatory action should be provided with.

Read more Financial services briefings

Will you get caught by the DPA? download subscription

Gateley 19-Dec-2014

If defects appear in a building after completion, the developer or contractor may be liable to the owners of the building, in contract or negligence, for the cost of remedying that work.

Do you have to be reasonable when exercising a contractual discretion? weblink subscription

Walker Morris 19-Dec-2014

This is a question that the courts have been asked to consider several times over the last few years and has been raised again in the case of Bluewater Energy Services BV v Mercon Steel Structures BV.

The Santa Clause: tenants and lease agreements download subscription

Gateley 18-Dec-2014

As the property market has improved we have begun to see a small amount of speculative development returning.

Read more Construction briefings

Eversheds’ Annual Food and Drink Conference — key highlights download subscription

Eversheds 19-Dec-2014

On 2 December, Eversheds hosted its annual Food and Drink conference, which opened with a keynote speech by Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer.

The new general counsel: strategic adviser to the board download subscription

PwC 10-Dec-2014

PwC was the headline sponsor at a conference with The Lawyer.

Whistleblowing — every little helps? download subscription

Bates Wells Braithwaite 26-Nov-2014

Following on from the recent revelations surrounding Tesco, BWB’s Louise Rea explores the legal connotations of whistleblowing.

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