This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 30 November 2014

New parenthood – it’s such a magical time, isn’t it? The Lawyer’s Asia editor brought her sprog into the office last week and hardened journalists who have been known to harangue managing partners at great length could be spotted grinning like hyenas and saying things like ‘coochy-coo’.

The world is modernising when it comes to looking after little ones and the core regulations governing a new system of shared parental leave (SPL) come into force on 1 December. Addleshaw Goddard has produced a guide to the new system, explaining how SPL can be taken, the position for adoptive parents and how existing family leave rights are affected. Click here for more information.

Babies everywhere will no doubt have been following the intellectual property battle between Nampak Plastics Europe and Alpla UK. Because it concerns milk bottles. And babies like milk. In short, Nampak claimed that the first design of a plastic bottle made by Alpla infringed its patent. The defendant produced a modified design and sought summary judgment on a declaration of non-infringement, on the basis that it needed commercial certainty. Walker Morris has the details on the Court of Appeal’s decision. Click here for more information.

Of course, before you know it babies need schooling (they grow up so fast, don’t they?) Undoubtedly, the institution they attend will have a massive impact on their future. But whether to send darling Nigel to St Custard’s or should he just tough it out with Danny, Smiffy and Plug at Bash Street?

The situation becomes further complicated if the parents are separated and have differing opinions and when you consider that dear Nigel himself may want a say, and that places at the most desirable schools are in high demand, it’s no wonder that lawyers often become involved.

Collyer Bristow has provided a good summary of the issues involved, and makes note of the comments of Mr Justice Munby, who judged a case last year where one parent wished the children to attend a very orthodox Jewish religious school, and the other preferred a more liberal Jewish education. Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 
Shoosmiths: How to conduct a disciplinary investigationDownload
Bates Wells Braithwaite: Immigration considerations for employers in the run-up to ChristmasDownload
Wildgen: Payment accounts: enhanced consumer rights through adoption of Directive 2014/92/EUDownload
Collyer Bristow: Choosing a school — how to resolve the argumentsDownload
Addleshaw Goddard: Guide to shared parental leaveDownload
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Litigation: Nominating an adjudicator — getting it rightDownload
Real estate: Lending on shared ownership property — sharing the blame with professional advisers?Download
Employment: Whistleblowing — every little helps?Download
Information technology: How secure is your practice’s print infrastructure?Download
Intellectual property: No need to cry over spilt milk: summary judgment on patent non-infringement claimDownload
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia-Pacific: China’s new intellectual property courts: the wait is finally overDownload
Middle East & Africa: Transformation matters in South African employment equalityDownload
Offshore: Channel Island Securities Exchange Authority: listing of securities of investment fundsDownload
Europe: Monitoring Swiss tax developments — part II: a positive view on the Swiss tax regimeDownload
US & The Americas: Higher FCPA risks for M&A? Opinion Release 14-02 and your growing business — three stepsDownload
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