This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 25 May 2015

Social media has changed the world. For many people it is the first place to go to talk to friends, organise events or even read the news. What some do not know is that posting comments online, particularly about your employer, can have serious consequences.

Collyer Bristow highlights a number of instances when employees have suffered after talking about their work online. Carer Lisa McCance was sacked after tweeting about her boss and asking her followers aim derogatory hashtags at the nursery where she works calling for her boss to be fired. After being threatened with disciplinary proceedings McCance continued posting her views about her place of work. She was then fired by the nursery and is now banned from working with children. Although the line is often blurred between what is and is not acceptable the briefing does give a few tips on how to air your views appropriately. Click here for more information.

Winckworth Sherwood also discusses a termination case, this one regarding former Leeds United FC executive Evan Williams. The case centres on whether Williams was entitled to 12 months’ notice pay despite sending pornographic images through his work email address five years ago. The football club decided to give Williams notice of termination during a phase of restructuring at the club but then found out about the inappropriate images sent by the executive. Williams was dismissed from the club and lost out on his £200,000 notice pay. The high court has dismissed Williams’ claim of unfair dismissal. Click here for more information.

Walker Morris revisits the housing sector and examines the troubles facing the Conservatives. Their manifesto promises that 200,000 homes will be built for first-time buyers under 40. They also plan to extend the Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme and bring in in the Help to Buy ISA to help those save for a deposit. Critics argue that these schemes will simply push up house prices further. New rules also mean that local authorities will be forced to sell their most valuable properties in order to raise cash. Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co: Back to basics – what to do if document execution has gone wrong Download
Collyer Bristow: The dangers of social media in the workplace Download
Baker & McKenzie: The five essential elements of corporate compliance Download
Winckworth Sherwood: Gross misconduct five years before termination entitles the employer not to pay notice pay Download
Willis: Danger 2.0: cultural strategies for outsmarting the hackers Download
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Insurance: Insurance Act 2015: a new landscape? Download
Company: The illegality defence: an update Download
Employment: Sexual harassment claim highlights vulnerability of zero-hours workers Download
Intellectual property: The ‘own name’ defence to trademark infringement proceedings Download
Litigation: Litigation: when and how a court might revisit a judgment Download
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia-Pacific: Delivering a successful IPO – a Kuala Lumpur workshop Download
Middle East & Africa: UAE: DEWA invites tenders from EPC contractors for a solar PVRO desalination plant Download
Offshore: BVI launches two funds products Download
UK & Europe: Impact of the general election on the housing sector Download
US & The Americas: Cyber client update – May 2015: cybersecurity statistics; notable regulatory actions; and data breach case study Download
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