This week’s top 15 legal briefings

If you faced the Underground strike on Thursday (non-London readers: please wipe the smug look off your faces) then depending on your personal point of view you’ll either have been cursing the lazy feckless Tube drivers and their overmighty union bosses or cheering the workers’ heroic stand against an uncaring and greedy organisation.

You may also have had the opportunity to curse Uber, with the company taking the strike as a chance to ramp up its fares. But spare a thought for its drivers when they ferry you home during the inevitable next strike. As Stewarts Law explains, Uber faces legal action in the UK over their drivers’ employment rights, which raises an important legal question about whether an individual is classed as an employee, worker or contractor.

“A decision in favour of the GMB union could cost Uber a substantial amount, as well as obliging them to bear a greater degree of responsibility for their drivers,” says Stewarts ’ Nick Hawkins. Click here for more information.

The Lawyer doesn’t typically do scoops about the sex lives of the profession’s members – although never doubt that we could if we wanted to – but we were nonetheless interested in the news about Gawker removing a blog about the private life of the CFO of a prominent media company, because it touches on freedom of the press and the right to privacy.

Schillings ’ briefing looks at the removal of the blog – a decision which many Gawker editors objected to – in more detail and discusses how as gossip websites become more mainstream and reliant on advertising income, they have to alter their Modus Operandi. Click here for more information.

Murder is a horrible thing, but when enough time passes it can somehow become legitimate entertainment – think Jack the Ripper or the Princes in the Tower. But how long does it take?

The 1946 murder of Margaret Cook, an exotic dancer, outside the Blue Lagoon nightclub on Carnaby Street may have an Agatha Christie-esque sepia tinge to it, but it is far from a closed case with no further human consequences, as recent events have proved.

A man in a Canadian care home has confessed to the murder, saying he wanted to clear his conscience after being diagnosed with cancer. However, due to the man’s advanced age, his mental condition – and the 69 years that have passed since the murder was committed – extradition to the UK is unlikely. S&O Partnership has the full story: click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 
Gateley: Employment Tribunals, episode VI: Return of the Claimants Download
S&O Partnership: Time to confess? The 1946 Carnaby Street murder Download
Bates Wells Braithwaite: A risky business: buying a business’s assets Download
Schillings: Gawker: commercialisation has created new boundaries Download
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co: The increasing scope for ‘associative’ discrimination claims Download
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Crime: Anti-social behaviour in Kensington and Chelsea Download
Employment: The truth about paternity leave Download
Corporate: Pensions and directors’ liability: piercing the corporate veil Download
Real estate: Affordable housing planning: an important development Download
In-house: Uber drivers’ rights: the importance of employment status Download
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Top five briefings by region 
US and The Americas: Can IT improve your partner retention and succession strategies? Download
Europe: Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ Kazantsev discusses capital amnesty Download
UK: Correlate your business decisions with reputation risk Download
Offshore: Net tightens on international fraudsters as Brazil wins $28m recovery battle Download
Asia Pacific: How to surf the email tsunami: eight top tips Download
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