This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 24 February 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey is out and lawyers are getting in on the action. No, not like that, although what you do in your private lives is none of our concern. But for a little piece of legal-related Fifty Shades gossip, check in with The Lawyer’s legendary diarist, Tulkinghorn, who’s come out of retirement and is now on Twitter .

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All this is a tenuous link into the fact that the most popular briefing this week was Shoosmiths ’ article entitled ‘Fifty shades of grey? Older workers could dominate in the workplace’. Readers hoping for an article about the kinkier sort of domination will be disappointed, as the subject is merely the UK’s ageing population. Still, this is a useful piece that runs through potential concerns for employers when dealing with older workers – taking in topics such as assessment, health issues and office banter. Click here for more information.

Staying with employment law and matters of the heart, did you know that according to recent research something like one-third to one-half of all relationships now begin in the workplace? Of course, lawyers are all focused on the serious business of upholding justice and keeping the wheels of finance turning and have little time for coy smiles at the tea station, but in other workplaces this is apparently quite the thing to do. LK Shields Solicitors ’ briefing contains the headline ‘Why employers should be concerned about office romances’, which sounds like quite the buzzkill – but it’s a fair point, as a bit of innocent inter-work kissy-face can lead to harassment and discrimination claims for which employers are potentially liable. Click here for more information about how they can protect themselves.

The Lawyer still feels that a gentleman’s word is his bond and sometimes longs for the days when the law was a more refined profession and partnership was conferred by a firm handshake. But times move on and everything has to be documented and signed in triplicate, it seems.

Well, not quite. As Walker Morris explains, an oral agreement can be binding. It’s not ideal, though, and anyone entering into such an agreement would be well-advised to take precautions. Click here for some tips.

Top five briefings by law firm 
Shoosmiths: Fifty shades of grey? Older workers could dominate in the workplace Download
Eversheds: UK Discrimination Law Review: cases to watch Download
LK Shields Solicitors:Data protection – nine basic tips for business owners Download
Walker Morris: 
Tips for those who enter oral agreements: a checklist for in-house lawyers Download
Dentons: MiFID 2: communicating with clients 
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Banking: Mid-market corporate finance — trends in 2014 and a look at the year ahead Download
Company: Keep your enemies closer: the dos and don’ts of business negotiation 
Office romances: employers beware Download
Intellectual Property: 
Taylor Swift’s IP portfolio: more than a Blank Space 
Disclaimers and discretionary vesting orders – a piercing reminder Download
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia-Pacific: Practical tips for foreign investors in dealing with redundancy in China Download
Middle East & Africa: Israel – new policy seeks to clarify national agenda for classification and remediation of contaminated land Download
Privy Council guidance on rectification of BVI share registers and service out 
UK & Europe: InVest – February 2015 Download
US & The Americas: US federal, state and local employment law requirements in 2015 Download
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