This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 17th November 2013

It’s hard to imagine bearded gentlemen slouched at bars in pubs around the country, gently stroking beer bellies, taking much interest, but Eurocrats are soon to insist that they are at least informed of the nutritional content of their pints. EU regulations covering the provision of food – including alcohol – information to consumers will kick in from the end of next year, but our experts at law firm DLA Piper advise clients to prepare now. They also warn of confusion around ‘alchopops’ specifically targeted at younger drinkers. Click here for more information.

Staying with retailers, media lawyers at City firm Withers highlight this irony: multi-national corporations can boost their reputations by drawing attention to their own failings. Tesco – normally pilloried by irate inhabitants of bucolic English villages over proposals to build aeroplane-hangar-size superstores – picked up plaudits recently for coming clean over food waste in its own supply chain. ‘Businesses are becoming more canny about the risks posed by reputationally damaging exposes,’ say the lawyers, ‘and are grasping the nettle to react positively.’ Click here for more information.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has caught the secretary of state napping, according to commentators from national law firm Shoosmiths. The recent Woolworths case – more officially known as USDAW v Ethel Austin Ltd (in administration); USDAW and anor etc – ‘sent shockwaves’ through in-house legal and personnel departments. It forced employers to calculate all proposed redundancies over a 90-day period nationwide, regardless of the location of each redundancy, when considering whether collective consultation obligations apply. The secretary of state did not participate in that first appeal, but our commentators report that, in a unique decision, the EAT has nudged the department and granted it leave to go to the Court of Appeal. Click here for more information.


Top five briefings by law firm 

DLA Piper: EU regulation on food labelling: next steps?Download

Mills & Reeve: Health Legal Update — November 2013Download

Shoosmiths: Woolworths update: case to go to Court of AppealDownload

Taylor Wessing: An introduction to subject access rightsDownload

Walker Morris: Costs and Compliance: Jackson six months inDownload

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Top five briefings by practice area 

Banking & finance: FCA publishes proposals on changes to the premium listing rulesDownload

Company/commercial: Grasping the nettle of reputationally damaging exposésDownload

Employment: Health board fined £32,000 for failing to protect worker from assaultDownload

Intellectual property: Making sense of copyright across European bordersDownload

Litigation/dispute resolution: Chinese shipyard resists multi-million-dollar claim in London arbitration proceedingsDownload

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Top five briefings by region 

Asia & Australasia: Case update: a timely reminder — delay in bringing security for costs applications may be fatalDownload

Middle East: Demystifying UAE arbitration lawDownload

Offshore: UK FATCA updateDownload

UK and Europe: Pan-European e-commerce complianceDownload

US & the Americas: CFPB begins comprehensive rulemaking process on debt collectionDownload

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