This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 22 March 2015


It’s the story everyone has been talking about. [Motormouthed telly bore/hero of the common man] (delete as applicable) Jeremy Clarkson has been [his irrepressible self/thumping people] and it’s [a national disgrace/storm in a teacup/typical of the namby-pamby BBC].

However you feel about the nation’s second-favourite Top Gear presenter, there’s no denying it’s big news. Hence, there were plenty of briefings this week about Clarkson’s misdemeanours. Of these, Gateley ’s proved the most popular. “Hopefully it’s very rare that physical violence is ever an issue in any workplace,” it says drily, “but let’s say a disagreement escalates to the point where your top performer punches a colleague.” There’s an “understandable quandary” between preserving the valuable member of staff as far as possible and being a responsible employer, and Gateley provides some advice on how to proceed. Click here for more information.

According to a recent report, some cookies could outlive the pyramids, and we’re not talking about your mum’s homemade ginger nuts. The fact is that websites are placing excessive expiry dates on their cookies, with some set to last for 8,000 years.

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Websites must do more to provide information and gain valid consent for their use of cookies, says Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co , which has drawn up ten tips for best practice. Click here for more information.

Regular Briefings Digest readers will recall that a couple of months ago , we featured a Collyer Bristowarticle about the copyright dispute between Robin Thicke and Marvin Gaye’s family over the song Blurred Lines, looking back at similar battles from the past.

A US jury has now decided that Blurred Lines did infringe the copyright in Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up, and Collyer Bristow has returned to the topic, this time looking to the future and asking what the potential implications of the verdict might be.

There are concerns in the music industry. Record producer and composer David Arnold has described the verdict as “ridiculous and very dangerous,” saying that though Blurred Lines may have sounded like Gaye’s track, it was still a “fundamentally different song” and that “juries are generally not well placed to distinguish between writing and production in music copyright cases.” Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 
Bär & Karrer: Growing appetite for dim sum bonds – the rise of the renminbi Download
Stewarts Law: Philanthropy, crowdfunding and claims: a windfall for insurers? Download
Gateley: It’s good to talk! The costs consequences of failing to use ADR Download
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co: Could some cookies outlive the pyramids? Download
Totum: Video: Totum talks – new service delivery models Download
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Corporate: Higher corporate penalties applicable now Download
IT: 15 minutes of fame: how to safeguard your reputation in the internet era Download
Employment: How to deal with a workplace fracas Download
Intellectual property: Online exhaustion of copyright and the second-hand market Download
Litigation: When, and why, can judges change their minds? Download
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia-Pacific: Fundamental changes proposed to China’s foreign investment law Download
Middle East: Trimming hedges: Israeli regulator may clip hedging tactics Download
Offshore: Guide to funds and private equity in Jersey Download
UK & Europe: Financial Regulatory Developments – interchange fees, structured products, Bank of Beirut fined and more Download
US & The Americas: Blurring the lines of copyright claims? Download
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