21 May 2012

Arriving at Gate ECJ: more pain

The ECJ is about to ramp up the pressure on air carriers, opening the door to more compensation claims Last Tuesday (15 May), Advocate General Bot of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered his opinion in the cases of Nelson v Lufthansa and the application of TUI Travel, British Airways, easyJet and IATA. This […]

Rob Miller

Living Head of legal: Social iSociety

Daily deals website LivingSocial is growing fast, and choosing the right team of lawyers to help it develop is a vital part of legal chief Rob Miller’s job “I’ve always worked for companies that have disrupted their industries,” mulls LivingSocial international legal head Rob Miller. “Skype in communications, eBay in retail, LivingSocial in local e-commerce. […]

Clearing up the public interest

DPP guidelines on when a journalist can use the public interest defence should help cases stay out of court In criminal law, there is no overriding ’public interest’ defence. Nor is there a definition of what constitutes the public interest. Thus, save for limited statutory ­exceptions (such as the Data Protection Act 1998), the primary forum […]

Matthew Townsend

Chinese territorial disputes

Hong Kong and Singapore are shaping up to woo China arbitrations away from London Home to a first-class legal infrastructure with a reputation for judicial impartiality and independence, London is a popular choice of arbitral seat for the resolution of international disputes. However, with Chinese companies increasingly influential in global trade, what are London’s prospects […]

Number crunching: Hong Kong IPOs

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) has been the world’s largest bourse by deal volume for the past three years. Although it had a slow start to 2012, the Hong Kong IPO market remains slightly more active than other major jurisdictions. In the first quarter of this year, 20 companies went public in Hong Kong, […]


Patent wars promote innovation

High-profile disputes emphasise the importance of IT companies developing novel solutions  Patent disputes between major technology companies now seem to be an everyday occurrence. Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, HTC, Apple, Google, Research In Motion (BlackBerry), Samsung and others are all involved in one or more patent lawsuits. These companies are also purchasing large numbers of […]


CC’s fast-track exit strategy

As firms look to slim their equity, Clifford Chance is poised to catch up its rivals, or even overtake them Clifford Chance’s decision to consult with partners on a new way of axing underperforming partners is largely intended to bring the magic circle firm into line with the rest of the ­market. The firm is […]

Hugh Tomlinson QC

Bar chart

This year’s The Lawyer Awards Barrister of the Year shortlist is a picture of variety, with contestants ranging from media stars to shy, retiring clever-clogs. At the bar it is among the most prestigious awards, with previous recipients including Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption (2011), Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC (2009) and former Matrix silk […]

Gail Crawford

Clouded issues

IT services are all about the cloud these days, but what’s the attraction and what are the legal risks? Do you think EU data protection legislation has slowed the uptake of cloud computing among businesses? Gail Crawford, partner, Latham & Watkins: Not significantly. Worryingly, privacy and security are often overlooked when there are significant cost […]

Simon Cliff

Heading skills

As football clubs become more businesslike, in-house lawyers have become more important. Man City’s legal head reveals how his turbulent year has culminated in victory The 2011-12 Premier League legal chiefs Aston Villa – Jo Price Arsenal – Svenja Geissmar Liverpool – Natalie Wignall Manchester City – Simon Cliff Manchester United – Patrick Stewart Norwich […]

Clarke J

Case of the Week: Product liability

(1) Kingspan Environmental Ltd; (2) Tyrell Tanks Ltd; Rom Plastics Ltd; (3) Titan Environmental Ltd v (1) Borealis A/S; (2) Borealis UK Ltd. Christopher Clarke J. QBD. 1 May 2012. Claim dismissed This largescale product liability claim raised issues including: fitness for purpose and breach of terms implied under the Sale of Goods Act 1979; […]

Nigel Jones

Judgment Call 21 May 2012

An offer that did not specify a period of not less than 21 days, or any period, in compliance with Civil Procedure Rule r.36.2(2)(c) was not a Part 36 offer. PHI Group Ltd v Robert West Consulting Ltd. [2012] EWCA Civ 588. Lloyd LJ; Rix LJ; Stanley LJ; Burton LJ. 10 May 2012 Appeal allowed […]

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