This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 24th November 2013

A great irony of western business life is that while the three-martini (in New York) or bottle-of-claret (in London) lunch has historically been perfectly acceptable and often positively encouraged, rolling a quick spliff triggers harrumphs of consternation from bosses. Indeed, as our commentators from Anglo-US global law firm DLA Piper point out, despite 20 US states allowing the use of medicinal marijuana, users – even those treating an inoperable brain tumour with a joint – can still get the sack for toking up. Click here for more information.

Football players and booze have a history of going together like the FA and Cup – and those at Premier League basement dwelling Crystal Palace would be forgiven if they sought to drown their woes in whatever way possible. A recent Appeal Court ruling involving the south London club has determined an important issue involving the legal position of employees on the transfer of the undertakings of their employer and the regime governing companies in administration. Lawyers from Walker Morris – which acted in the case – provide court-side commentary. Click here for more information.

As world powers tussle with Iran in Geneva over the Middle East country’s desire to join the nuclear club, New York state legislators are determined to keep the jurisdiction in the pariah status doghouse. A week ago, the US state enacted a law dictating that any investments made by domestic and foreign licensed insurers in designated persons engaged in energy sector investment activities in Iran are treated as ‘non-admitted’. According to our commentators from Manhattan-based white shoe law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, the move ‘ensures that New York insurers and other regulated companies do not engage in activities that relate to or involve Iran’. Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 

DLA Piper: Reefer madness: employees may use medical marijuana yet be fired for doing soDownload

Mills & Reeve: Is the UK fundraising VAT exemption too restrictive?Download

Shoosmiths: Pension schemes: disclosure of information regulationsDownload

Taylor Wessing: Incubator leases for start-up companiesDownload

Walker Morris: Football club administrations and pre-transfer dismissals: a good result for the rescue cultureDownload

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Top five briefings by practice area 

Banking & finance: Court of Appeal finds against banks in allowing amendments to pleadings based on LIBOR manipulationsDownload

Company/commercial: Trends in international joint venturesDownload

Employment: Employers — are you making the most of occupational health?Download

Intellectual property: How do you protect your intellectual property?Download

Litigation/dispute resolution: Bespoke tailoring or off-the-rack misfits for arbitration systems?Download

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Top five briefings by region 

Asia & Australasia: China’s Anti-Monopoly Law: review of merger control and merger remedies regime in China from 2008–13Download

Middle East: New York insurers’ investments in firms engaged in Iranian energy sector activities treated as ‘nonadmitted’Download

Offshore: Offshore-i — second quarter 2013: insight into the world of offshore transactionsDownload

UK and Europe: Online sales restrictions under scrutiny of European Antitrust AuthoritiesDownload

US & the Americas: Market entry: raising VC money in the USDownload

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