This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 01 March 2015

When we read the headline ‘Judges behaving badly’, we naturally think of Lords Sumption and Neuberger hanging out together in a poky flat, drinking beer and occasionally trying to woo Baroness Hale upstairs with hilarious consequences. We may write the script one day, but for now you’ll have to make do with this, frankly more helpful, briefing from No5 Chambers, which covers practical issues and strategies to consider in relation to recusal, judicial misconduct and transcripts. “Most advocates know judicial misconduct when they see and hear it,” it says. “Perhaps, the more difficult question is how to record and evidence it.” Click here for more information.

With last Christmas now a distant memory, have you used the gift voucher Auntie Jean got you? If you’re anything like us you’ll think ‘I’ll save that for something really special’ and then forget about it for six months. It’s a risk, though, as in this uncertain economic climate, by the time you get round to spending it the vendor might have gone under. You’re probably safe if it’s John Lewis, but otherwise…

A briefing from 11 Stone Buildings looks at recent companies that have entered administration in the last few years – Comet, HMV, Jessops – and asks how consumers can be better protected. “We think it safe to assume that the majority of directors do not want to see their retail customers lose out,” it says. “Legally, however, it is difficult to provide protection for such customers.” It’s a very readable piece that offers some solutions to what is actually quite a tricky problem. Click here for more information.

Staying with briefings from barristers, here’s a short and sweet one from 20 Essex Street on a recent case in the world of shipping. In short, the dispute arose after pirates made off with £5m worth of fuel oil cargo hijacked from a chemical tanker.

The charterers of the vessel, Trafigura, accepted that the owners were not at fault for the loss, but contended that the “in transit loss” clause rendered the owners strictly liable for the loss. Click here for the eventual judgement in the Court of Appeal and for more information about the case.

Top five briefings by law firm 
Herzog Fox & Neeman: The perils of fixing the unbroken – licensing reform in the UK Download
Bär & Karrer: Whistleblowers in the Swiss banking sector: legal hurdles to co-operating with foreign governments Download
20 Essex Street:Fuel oil, pirates and strict liability: Trafigura Beheer v Navigazione Montanari Download
Shepherd and Wedderburn: Interrogation of Big Data Download
11 Stone Buildings: Gift vouchers – can consumer protection be tightened? Download
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Banking: Credit check: muddles in the mire (Dentons) Download
Company: UK Consumer Rights Bill – how will it impact the transport sector? (Eversheds) Download
Employment: Employment intermediaries and false self-employment: the ‘agency legislation’ (Goodman Derrick) Download
Competition: Czech Republic: Competition Authority relaunches dawn raids (Schoenherr) Download
Litigation: Judges behaving badly? (No5 Chambers) Download
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia-Pacific: Big Yang Theory: Will China’s outbound investment eclipse inbound investment in the Year of the Goat? Download
Middle East: Saudi Arabia update Download
Offshore: Offshore Case Digest: issue 8 Download
UK & Europe:
Execution in counterpart bill passed by Scottish Parliament
US & The Americas: US and UK share purchases – what’s the difference? Download
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