This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 15 February 2015

Do you blog?

If your response to that is to turn your nose up and dismiss blogging as narcissists spewing out their ill-informed opinions to an uncaring internet, then you’re about a million years behind the times. Or five years anyway, which in web terms might as well be a million.

Richard Simmons

Blogging has come a long way from teens wittering about what Buffy the Vampire Slayer character they’d be (if they were a Buffy the Vampire Slayer character); it’s now a popular medium even among lawyers, some of whom have attracted dedicated followings with their clear explanations of legal developments.

But, like everything online, blogging has its dangers, and with millions of citizen journalists churning out content it’s inevitable that some of them will occasionally make a comment like ‘Matt smells’ or an even more offensive statement – and that’s when the trouble begins.

Litigation involving blogs and harassment has already begun, says Collyer Bristow in its briefing on the subject. The firm cites two such cases and warns that the judgements handed down suggest that ‘in future judges will take a dim view of bloggers airing grievances and making unsubstantiated public accusations about authority figures.” Maybe it’s best to stick with your private diary after all. Click here for more information.

Now we’re in mid-February and all those well-intentioned resolutions have fallen by the wayside how are we all feeling about the year ahead? Positive, hopefully – there’s so much to look forward to. Like continued growth in mid-market corporate finance work! Shoosmiths has produced some views on the year ahead, and predicts (among other things) an increase in borrower confidence, and the upturn in real estate spreading from London to other parts of the UK. There is a caveat though: the market remains fragile. Click here for more information, and if that doesn’t make you feel more positive, then remember that at least season five of Game of Thrones is on the way.

Staying with predictions for the year ahead, it would be remiss of us not to point out a massively comprehensive briefing from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co on employment law developments to keep an eye on in 2015. It’s a really thorough summary of upcoming reforms, cases watch and the hot topics to look out for across the field of employment law. Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co: Employment law 2015 preview part one: …and a new one just begun Download
Eversheds: UK Discrimination Law Review: cases to watch Download
Conyers Dill & Pearman: The role of corporate lawyers in transactional success Download
Carey Olsen: Private client structuring: private trust companies and private trust foundations Download
Walker Morris: New public procurement regulations from February 2015 Download
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Mid-market corporate finance — trends in 2014 and a look at the year ahead
Company: Caught in the trap: refunds on business rates Download
Employment: Social media policy in the workplace – the sequel Download
Information Technology: Bloggers beware: judges will take dim view of unsubstantiated public accusations Download
Litigation: Still no law penalising late payments by insurers Download
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia-Pacific: Navigating a minefield – Australia’s defence export controls and sanctions regimes on products Download
Middle East & Africa: The untold effects of the recent legislation to increase competition in Israel Download
Offshore: Nilon Limited v Royal Westminster Investments — Privy Council — claims involving BVI companies Download
UK & Europe: UK fracking: the pursuit of safety Download
US & The Americas: Oil price crash: options for North Sea oil and gas — shut-ins and taxation relief Download
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