This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 11 January 2015

Happy New Year! Are you ready for another fun-packed 2015? What do you mean your colleagues are already annoying you?

One thing that newspaper columnists always do in January is get all predict-y and publish a bunch of vague articles guessing what the year ahead might bring. DLA Piper’s privacy and cyber team has done the same thing, but with the bonus that unlike columnists, they actually know what they’re talking about. Among other things, they look at the impact of the EU data protection regulation and warn of the potential hazards of embarking on Big Data analytics projects: notably that your customers may find what you’re doing a bit creepy. Click here for more information.

Another thing that newspapers do every January is republish the news that the first Monday of the month is ‘Divorce Day’ – the busiest day of the year for family lawyers. The current issue of Private Eye informs us that various law firms have debunked this claim over the years so we don’t know who to believe (opinion pieces from family lawyers welcomed, though).

Anyway, whether topical or not, there is divorce reform on the cards in Jersey. The island’s Law Commission has published a consultation paper on the subject and Carey Olsen has summarised the key points. The overall theme of the proposed changes: “the enablement of parties to a marriage or civil partnership to be treated as responsible adults, who can not only determine how and when their marriage is to end, but also agree in advance, subject to certain safeguards, the financial provision which will be made for them on divorce or dissolution of their relationship.” Click here for more information.

Sadly, one thing we can be sure of is 2015 is continued unrest in Crimea. At the end last year, President Obama signed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, the first law directly targeting Russia and its economy in response to events in the region. Dentons has produced an overview of the situation and a summary of the various sanctions imposed by the United States and the EU. Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm
Goodman Derrick: Intellectual Property Act 2014: a summary of the key provisionsDownload
Shoosmiths: Directors reminded of their duties in multi-million pound fraud caseDownload
PwC: The UK Bribery Act: the practical difficulties for financial services companiesDownload
Shepherd and Wedderburn: Landlords: recovering repair costs in damages claimDownload
Dentons: Section 106 — baffling changes will confuseDownload
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Banking: Loan sales — what borrowers need to knowDownload
Information Technology: Top five privacy and cyber predictionsDownload
Employment: High Court dismisses second judicial review challenge of the tribunal fees regimeDownload
Intellectual property:
Reforms to the IPO Opinions Service: pressure on patent owners?
Litigation: Unfair relationships: Supreme Court guidanceDownload
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia-Pacific: 2014 Hong Kong arbitration case round-upDownload
Middle East & Africa: Africa e-briefing, December 2014: OHADA Masters degree; integration of EALI members; EALI and Morrocan country guide, COMESA guidelines and foreign exchange reformDownload
Offshore: Jersey divorce reformDownload
UK & Europe: Bid to overturn employment tribunal fees failsDownload
US & The Americas: US and EU embargo Crimea, and US adopts new Ukraine sanctions lawDownload
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