This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 2nd February 2014

Jonathan Ames

For a collective that has been around in some form or other for more than 60 years, it can be surprising how little harmonisation there is across the EU. Eurocrats have been wrestling for some time with the tangled web that is the application of damages for breaches of Europe’s competition law. Currently, infringements result in private actions for damages in only 25 per cent of cases, with those mostly coming in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. Now the European Commission is making a big push, publishing last June a draft directive on damages. Nonetheless, explain our commentators from law firm Bristows, the road to harmonisation is far from smooth. They like doing meetings in Brussels, and a diary-load has been scheduled in February on this subject between the parliament, council and commission. Click here for more information.

Cyber security is a phrase that makes most people’s heads hurt. Devising a password that is vaguely memorable but still ranks above the ‘completely, utterly, uselessly weak’ rating dictated by the boffins at whichever bank, insurance company or online purveyor of hamsters and goldfish is asking for one is enough to flummox all but the geekiest among us. However, law firm partners had better start getting their heads round the issues, argues our analyst from risk management consultancy Salamanca Group. Clients are beginning to fear that hackers view law firms as the soft underbelly route to their own sensitive data. Being weak on cyber security is more than an advice gap – it could threaten a firm’s entire business model and leave it open to a negligence suit of catastrophic proportions. Click here for more information.

Racism and football – sadly – have in the past gone together like the KKK and white sheets. Most publicity has focused on the type of Neanderthal supporters who do their best to give Neanderthals a bad name. But increasingly a spotlight is being cast on the sometimes unpalatable attitudes and actions of the players themselves, and the impact their behaviour has on a crucial element of football, commercial sponsorship deals. Commentators at law firm Shoosmiths analyse the recent row over the ‘quenelle’ goal celebration gesture invoked by West Bromwich Albion’s star French striker Nicolas Anelka. He says it is nothing more than an anti-establishment bit of fun; others claim it is an inverted Nazi salute. Regardless, West Brom shirt sponsor Zoopla has cut its sponsorship deal short. Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm
DLA Piper: Is your Safe Harbor certification really ‘safe’?Download
Mills & Reeve: Food focus — rights of ‘casual’ workersDownload
Shoosmiths: Lessons of ‘Le Sulk’ — Nicolas Anelka, scandals and sponsorship agreementsDownload
Taylor Wessing: Brands Update: KitKat — Mr Justice Arnold has a breakDownload
Walker Morris: The reasonableness of restrictive covenantsDownload
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Banking & finance: The Financial Report — Volume 3, No. 2Download
Company/commercial: Sharpening the CAT’s claws — Competition Appeal TribunalDownload
Employment: Belief in ‘democratic socialism’ can amount to a philosophical belief for the purpose of a religion or belief discriminationDownload
Information technology: Data protection: ahead of the hackersDownload
Litigation/dispute resolution: The courts begin to drive home the Jackson messageDownload
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia & Australasia:
Reforms to the insurance sector in India: the wait continues
Middle East: The Sharp End: winter 2013 — Africa’s changing landscapeDownload
Offshore: CISX restructure: all change for Channel Islands securities listings?Download
UK and Europe: The Commission’s Draft Directive on Damages: an end in sight?Download
US & the Americas : Nine questions and answers about exclusive forum provisions for stockholder litigationDownload
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