This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 10th November 2013

Civil justice reforms – don’t panic; ruling boosts employers in sex bias cases; and South Africa falls out of love with international arbitration

When Rupert Jackson – otherwise known as Lord Justice Jackson – unveiled his reforms of the Civil Procedure Rules, tremors pulsated across the legal world as fears mounted that litigation would never be the same. But, say our commentators this week from national law firm Shoosmiths, six months on from implementation the reality isn’t living up to the hype. If parties ensure full compliance with procedural rules, adhere to court orders and pay attention to costs budgeting, ‘there should be little to be concerned about’. Click here for more information.

‘Sex discrimination’ are two words featuring prominently in the nightmares of employers of any size. But a recent tribunal appeal case may give bosses a better chance of a peaceful eight hours. Lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard shine a light on a ruling that – while fact-specific – confirms that an internal appeal process can remedy an act of discrimination. Click here for more information.

Multinational business is falling in love with intentional arbitration – it is seen as more efficient and cheaper than conventional court-based legislation, as well as providing the bonus of at least a veneer of confidentiality. But the authorities in South Africa appear not to want to play ball. Commentators from global law firm Allen & Overy assess the implications of recent moves to exclude foreign investors from recourse to international arbitration. Those with government contracts need to pay heed, they warn. Click here for more information.

 

Top five briefings by law firm 

DLA Piper: Zero-hours contracts: are they really such bad news?

Mills & Reeve: Supreme Court gives first judgment relating to the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Shoosmiths: You will comply: the Jackson Reforms — six months on

Taylor Wessing: Retail/consumer products: sheltering yourself from the storm this festive season

Walker Morris:Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive takes effect

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Top five briefings by practice area 

Banking & finance: The Liquidity Coverage Ratio proposal — questions and answers

Company/commercial: Changes to the Takeover Code

Employment: Is it possible for an employer to ‘cure’ indirect sex discrimination by an internal appeal process?

Intellectual property: European patent: new requirements for filing a divisional patent application

Litigation/dispute resolution: Small claims mediation: biting the bullet — taking a commercial view

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Top five briefings by region 

Asia & Australasia: Doing Business in Japan

Middle East: South Africa seeks to exclude recourse to international arbitration for foreign investors

Offshore: Bermuda can benefit from pensions restructuring

UK and Europe: No article 10 breach where news site liable for UGC, says Human Rights Court

US & the Americas: Preparing for Brazil’s new anti-corruption law: what in-house counsel should know

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