This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 17 May 2015

Last week’s election shocked the public, newsreaders and pollsters alike as the Conservatives won a majority and three party leaders stepped down. Austerity will again be the buzzword for the next five years but the Tories have made many other promises in the run-up to the election. One is a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.

Stewarts Law explains that the 2017 European referendum will create additional uncertainty in the legal sector, but explains what the Tory manifesto proposes to change in UK employment law. Changes include companies with more than 250 employees publishing pay differences between male and female workers and the eradication of exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts. The national minimum wage is set to rise to £8 per hour and the personal allowance to £12,500 by 2020. Meanwhile, the Conservatives plan to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights. Click here for more information.

Bates Wells Braithwaite examines the troubling issue of what employers should do when someone raises a grievance during a disciplinary proceeding. The briefing examines the case of Jinadu v Docklands Buses in which an employee’s driving was believed to be sub-standard and was told to arrange a driving assessment. The employee refused to do this multiple times and was subject to disciplinary proceedings. During the proceedings the driver made several allegations about her manager. The Employment Appeal Tribunal found that that the claimant’s dismissal had been fair. Click here for more information.

No5 Chambers says two boxing fans who have filed a $5m class action lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao could win their case. The case depends on whether it can be proved that Pacquiao failed to inform the Nevada Athletic Commission of an injury he sustained before his fight with Floyd Mayweather. For the fans to win their case there would have to be proof that those involved acted dishonestly for financial gain. Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 
No5 Chambers: Fight fans suing Manny Pacquiao have a good chance of success Download
Shoosmiths: Stress: when is an employer liable for psychiatric injury? Download
Arendt & Medernach: New EU anti-money laundering and terrorist financing directive: key points and changes Download
Shepherd and Wedderburn: Using keywords to find the needle in the haystack: e-disclosure and search engines Download
Stewarts Law: What the Tory victory means for employment law Download
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Construction: A tale of business common sense and the construction contract Download
Pensions: UK retirees are ‘giving while living’ Download
Insolvency/restructuring: Notable insolvency cases, April: jets; ships; frauds; muddles; and moreDownload
Intellectual property:IP: Sky’s the limit for Download
Employment: Trouble and strife – dealing with concurrent disciplinary and grievance Download
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia-Pacific: Settling enforcement proceedings with the ACCC just got harder Download
Middle East & Africa: Global M&A on the up Download
Offshore: Transparency of beneficial ownership in Guernsey Download
UK & Europe: European e-commerce review gets underway Download
US & The Americas: CEO impersonation: an emerging threat Download
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