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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.

High Court dismisses second judicial review challenge of the tribunal fees regime download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 23-Dec-2014

The High Court has dismissed UNISON’s second judicial review challenge of the tribunal fees system.

ECJ confirms that obesity may be a disability download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 23-Dec-2014

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has confirmed that obesity may be a disability where it: ‘entails a limitation resulting in particular from long-term physical, mental or psychological impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis with other workers’ (Fag og Arbejde (FOA), acting on behalf of Karsten Kaltoft v Kommunernes Landsforening, acting on behalf of the ...

The new statutory test for mistake under the microscope download subscription

Ogier 23-Dec-2014

These two cases are helpful in terms of how the court sees the inter-relationship between the new article 47 test for mistake and the pre-existing provision of the TJL at article 11.

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Skill gaps ‘may hold back recruitment efforts’ download subscription

B P Collins 24-Dec-2014

A skills gap could hamper the recruitment efforts of companies and leave some vacancies unfilled next year, a new study suggests. The warning comes despite the intention among half the firms surveyed to recruit more staff over the coming 12 months. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) asked 323 firms about their recruitment plans for 2015. Click on the link below to read the rest of the BP Collins briefing.

The UK Bribery Act: The practical difficulties for financial services companies download subscription

PwC 24-Dec-2014

    The practical difficulties facing companies wishing to implement a robust response to the UK Bribery Act should not be underestimated.  

Key employment law developments in 2014 download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 23-Dec-2014

Addleshaw Goddard looks back at the key legislative developments for 2014.

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The UK Bribery Act: The practical difficulties for financial services companies download subscription

PwC 24-Dec-2014

    The practical difficulties facing companies wishing to implement a robust response to the UK Bribery Act should not be underestimated.  

Amendments to Russian de-offshorisation law download subscription

GRATA Law Firm 24-Dec-2014

New amendments to the Russian Tax Code regarding de-offshorisation will enter into force on 1 January 2015.

Key employment law developments in 2014 download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 23-Dec-2014

Addleshaw Goddard looks back at the key legislative developments for 2014.

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MiFID2: ESMA publishes first technical advice download subscription

Dentons 24-Dec-2014

ESMA follow-up papers address aspects of delegated legislation and technical standards to be made under MiFID 2 and MiFIR.

Loan sales – what borrowers need to know download subscription

Collyer Bristow 23-Dec-2014

Banks have become very active in recent months selling off large portfolios of loans.

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.

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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’.

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Skill gaps ‘may hold back recruitment efforts’ download subscription

B P Collins 24-Dec-2014

A skills gap could hamper the recruitment efforts of companies and leave some vacancies unfilled next year, a new study suggests. The warning comes despite the intention among half the firms surveyed to recruit more staff over the coming 12 months. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) asked 323 firms about their recruitment plans for 2015. Click on the link below to read the rest of the BP Collins briefing.

Key employment law developments in 2014 download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 23-Dec-2014

Addleshaw Goddard looks back at the key legislative developments for 2014.

Employment law: what’s on the horizon for 2015? download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 23-Dec-2014

Addleshaw Goddard gives an overview of future legislative developements for the coming year.

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Media / Entertainment / Sport

Sony Entertainment hackers silence free speech download subscription

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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Jersey divorce reform download subscription

Carey Olsen 23-Dec-2014

The Jersey Law Commission recently delivered a consultation paper entitled ‘Divorce Reform’, which is refreshingly straightforward and comprehensive.

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.

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Amendments to Russian de-offshorisation law download subscription

GRATA Law Firm 24-Dec-2014

New amendments to the Russian Tax Code regarding de-offshorisation will enter into force on 1 January 2015.

The new statutory test for mistake under the microscope download subscription

Ogier 23-Dec-2014

These two cases are helpful in terms of how the court sees the inter-relationship between the new article 47 test for mistake and the pre-existing provision of the TJL at article 11.

Memery Crystal comments on the 2014 Autumn Statement and the Draft Finance Bill 2015 download subscription

Memery Crystal 23-Dec-2014

Memery Crystal’s Tim Crosley and Naomi Lawton give their views on the 2014 Autumn Statement and the Draft Finance Bill 2015 clauses for PLCs

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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.

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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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Canada’s Anti-Spam Law applies to software from 15 January download subscription

Dentons 23-Dec-2014

CASL applies to the installation of ‘computer programs’ — software, apps and other programs — on the computer or device of another person.

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.

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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.

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Financial Regulatory Developments — EP agrees MLD 4 progress; FCA pleased with post-RDR review; and more download subscription

Dentons 22-Dec-2014

Dentons has released the 22 December 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication. 

Slovenia: Changes to food legislation – Part I download subscription

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. 

Read more Competition/EU briefings

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.

Ince & Co advises Bahri on 20-vessel transfer deal, as part of $1.3bn Vela merger

Ince & Co 24-Dec-2014

Ince & Co has advised Bahri on the transfer of 20 tanker vessels from Vela as part of the largest merger in the history of Saudi Arabia.

MiFID2: ESMA publishes first technical advice download subscription

Dentons 24-Dec-2014

ESMA follow-up papers address aspects of delegated legislation and technical standards to be made under MiFID 2 and MiFIR.

Amendments to Russian de-offshorisation law download subscription

GRATA Law Firm 24-Dec-2014

New amendments to the Russian Tax Code regarding de-offshorisation will enter into force on 1 January 2015.

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.

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The UK Bribery Act: The practical difficulties for financial services companies download subscription

PwC 24-Dec-2014

    The practical difficulties facing companies wishing to implement a robust response to the UK Bribery Act should not be underestimated.  

Redundancy and maternity leave: when does the duty to offer a suitable alternative vacancy arise? download subscription

Addleshaw Goddard 23-Dec-2014

In a business reorganisation, the duty to offer a woman on maternity leave a suitable alternative vacancy arises when the employer becomes aware that her role is redundant or potentially redundant.

New survey warns employers of staff health concerns download subscription

B P Collins 23-Dec-2014

New research says a large number of UK employees are risking their health by failing to go to medical appointments.

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