This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 7 December 2014

The thing about London – as has been noted by observers many times over the years – is its resilience. Traumatic events quickly fade into hazy memory. The riots of 2011 sparked by the shooting of Mark Duggan, so shocking at the time, are barely mentioned now: the news agenda has moved on and guests at dinner parties have other things to talk about.

The justice is less quick to forget, of course, and one of the cases that has been slowly ground by its wheels is Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co (Europe) Ltd & Anor v The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime [2014] EWCA Civ 682. This dispute was concerned with the liability of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime to compensate various parties after the Sony distribution warehouse in Enfield Lock was looted and burned down during the riots. The case reached the Court of Appeal, which agreed with Mr Justice Flaux’s original decision that losses were to be compensated under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886. Ince & Co has summarised the most significant points: click here for more information.

Two weeks ago, the Briefings Digest made note of the issue of cyber-security within law firms. It’s obviously a hot topic, but data protection of a more old-school type mustn’t be forgotten. Is data in print the blind spot in law firms’ defences? ‘The number of breaches reported by barristers and solicitors may not seem that high, but given the sensitive information they handle, and the fact that it is often held in paper files rather than secured by any sort of encryption, the number is troubling,’ information commissioner Christopher Graham said earlier this year. Ethos has produced a briefing on potential solutions to the print data problem: click here for more information.

In the wake of the Scottish independence referendum, the Smith Commission has reported back with recommendations for further devolved powers. Income tax changes have dominated the headlines; however, the employment tribunal system is also likely to be devolved. What does this mean? Will fees in employment tribunals, introduced in 2013 across the UK, be abolished north of the border? Gateley has the latest: click here for more information.

Top five briefings by law firm 
Schillings: Digital privacy: is your personal information as secure as you thought?Download
Ince & Co: Riots revisited: making the mayor payDownload
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co: TUPE: how to avoid the ‘assignment’ pantomimeDownload
Gateley: After the Smith Commission — will employment tribunals be free again?Download
Mourant Ozannes: Cayman Court clarifies the law on claw-back claimsDownload
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Top five briefings by practice area 
Employment: Keeping up to date with the rise of social media: top tips for employersDownload
Intellectual property: Fashionably independent: no copying in IPEC print design caseDownload
Real estate: Still an overriding concern?Download
Information technology: How secure is your practice’s print infrastructure?Download
Company: Corporate law update: have your say on the incoming public register of beneficial ownership of UK companiesDownload
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Top five briefings by region 
Asia-Pacific: Australian government supports innovation in mining, energy, oil and gasDownload
Middle East & Africa: Tax and investment protection trends in AfricaDownload
Offshore: The new Charities Law — a bright new dawnDownload
UK & Europe: Adopted law on employment of foreigners comes into force in DecemberDownload
US & The Americas: McKesson: additional submissions on motionDownload
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