This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 26 April 2015

We’ve got election fever at The Lawyer. We’ve reported on the lawyers standing for Parliament (and how one Tory candidate’s claims about his former career at Clifford Chance have been questioned), covered the legal aid pledges in the parties’ manifestos and looked at how many polling stations still don’t have access for disabled voters.

So we’re always in the mood for an election-themed briefing and Collyer Bristow has duly provided with an article about social media and the big vote. Entitled ’Cyber hustings #2015’, it focuses on the pitfalls of campaigns run on Facebook, Twitter and the like. 

Not only is there the danger of a message being subverted by an unforgiving internet, candidates are subject to strict rules about what they can say about opponents and, says Collyer Bristow, “there is no reason to suppose that this shouldn’t extend to social media”. Click here for more information.

Richard Simmons

One of the big talking points at this election is zero-hours contracts and Eversheds has looked at how policy stacks up against reality. In particular, it has commented on Labour’s proposals, warning that they would limit flexibility for employers and concluding: “Whatever the outcome of the election, the contentious nature of zero hours contracts seems set to continue. Employers using them need to prepare for further change.” Click here for more information. 

As the country debates endlessly about the jobs and the economy, some words from George Frederic Watts can give us all something to ponder: ”The material prosperity of a nation is not an abiding possession; the deeds of its people are.”  

On 13 April, the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Act 2015 (SARAH), came into force in England and Wales. Its aim: “to provide a greater degree of reassurance and protection to good Samaritans, volunteers and those who may be deterred from participating in socially useful activities due to worries about risk or liability.” Apparently a 2007 survey found that 47 per cent of people were so deterred. Shoosmiths’ briefing on SARAH has more details about what the Act entails: click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 
Gateley: Public issues, personal stories and whistleblowing: what is ‘in the public interest’? Download
Willis: Risk barometer: a study on how attitudes and approaches to risk management differ between UK law firms Download
Shoosmiths: SARAH to the rescue – the Social Action, Responsibility & Heroism Act Download
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co: Life imprisonment for cyber crime – a real possibility Download
Collyer Bristow: Cyber hustings #2015: the perils of a social media election Download
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Competition: The Google case and the quest for the right balance between competition and innovation Download
Company: Share buybacks: a trap for the unwary Download
Employment: Zero-hours contracts: policy and reality Download
Insolvency: Trust deeds vs trustees Download
Litigation: Q&A on the state of the UK arbitration sector Download
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia-Pacific: India: the end of internet censorship Download
Middle East: Israel’s risk-based system to address land contamination Download
Offshore: Benefits of overseas interest in the Jersey property market Download
UK & Europe: EU judgments get easier to enforce in England Download
US & The Americas: Key takeaways for CEOs, counsel and chief privacy officers about online behavioural advertising Download
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