This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 5 April 2015

The tragic Germanwings crash has provoked much debate on airline safety and the mental health of pilots. Thoughts must also turn to another practical matter: compensation.

Richard Simmons

Stewarts Law outlines the rules on airline liability and compensation for international aviation disasters, as set out in the 1999 Montreal Convention. The firm also notes that payouts will vary widely depending on the victim’s nationality, age and employment status, with some families expected to receive less than $100,000 (£67,500), while others will receive millions. Click here for more information.

On 26 March, the Serious Fraud Office was hit with a fine of £180,000 after a witness in a serious fraud, bribery and corruption investigation was mistakenly sent evidence relating to 64 other people. 

Shoosmiths has details of the case – which is shocking in just how much private information was being flung around – and asks the question: what can we learn? Click here for more information. 

With the election campaign now underway, Bates Wells Braithwaite has looked at the rules regulating campaigning and political activity by charities. Additional rules apply in the pre-election period and not all charities are aware of them. Bates Wells runs through some of the key points – in particular, the holding of election hustings events. Click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 
Walker Morris: New higher court fees: how can you minimise the sting? Download
Stewarts Law: Germanwings crash compensation: what we know Download
Baker & McKenzie: ’The Global Employer: recent trends and developments in employment and labour law‘ Download
Shoosmiths: Privacy watchdog: baring its teeth to protect consumers Download
Bates Wells Braithwaite: The social media case files: tread carefully Download
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Insurance: Insurance Act 2015: the most significant changes ever? Download
Corporate: Bonuses in the spotlight: caps and clawbacks Download
Employment: Constructive knowledge of disability: some useful do’s and dont’s for employers Download
Pensions: UK pension reforms — are you ready? Part one Download
Litigation: Insolvency litigation briefing – March 2015 Download
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia-Pacific: China releases new Foreign Investment Industries Guidance catalogue Download
Middle East: Israel’s frustrating sanctions regime: common compliance pitfalls Download
Offshore: Leaving a paper trail… is it really necessary? Download
UK & Europe: General election: charities, campaigns and hustings Download
US & The Americas: Bitcoin: is it a viable security asset? Download
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