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Taming the Retail Giants: The Impact of Mergers & Acquisitions on Competition

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently decided to block the proposed merger between J Sainsbury's plc and Asda Group Limited. Such a merger would have had disastrous impacts on competition in the industry. However, further difficulties await the CMA, including e-commerce and Brexit.

11:00, 7th May 2019
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Pharmaceutical Transparency under the EU's Clinical Trial Regulation

The EU's proposed Clinical Trial Regulation represents an innovative, much-needed step in ensuring greater transparency of the results of trials conducted on forthcoming medicines. Its effectiveness, however, is limited by its proposed exemptions, most notably that protecting 'commercial interests'.

11:00, 16th April 2019
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Fortnite IP Royale: Can Dance Moves Be Copyrighted?

Fortnite Battle Royale has become the biggest game in the world. One particularly popular aspect of the game is the variety of 'emotes': dances players can perform in game. Recent lawsuits against Epic Games, its developer, has raised a key question: can simple dance moves be copyrighted?

12:00, 5th February 2019
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Rise of the Accountants: An Existential Threat to Law Firms

The legal industry has traditionally been rather protected from outside threats. In recent years, however, the Big Four accountancy firms have begun to encroach on legal territory. It now seems only a matter of time until law firms face a real threat of being left behind by these giants.

12:00, 8th January 2019
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Article 13 of the Copyright Directive: Is the EU Really Banning Memes?

Copyright law has, in the internet age, lagged behind technological advances. However, the most recent attempt of the European Parliament to catch up with technology - the newly proposed Copyright Directive - has sparked fierce opposition online, mostly for its alleged attempts to 'ban memes'.

12:00, 18th December 2018
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Non-Taxation of McDonald's: Illegal State Aid or Valid Loophole?

McDonald's has ruled the fast food game for decades on end and might be expected to have paid millions of dollars around the world in corporate tax payments. The European Commission recently considered whether its failure to pay corporate tax regarding Luxembourg royalties is valid or illegal.

12:00, 6th November 2018
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Britain: A Tax Haven After Brexit?

The EU has expressed concern that the UK will embrace the opportunity afforded through the loosening of regulations post-Brexit to become more competitive by significantly lowering taxes, thereby becoming a tax haven. An investigation must be made into whether this should or could happen.

11:00, 21st September 2018
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The Mencap Case: Putting the Sleep-in Shift Issue to Bed?

In a recent decision, the Court of Appeal held that care workers who are contracted to undertake sleep-in shifts are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage for the time they spent asleep. This is a controversial decision that is, quite rightly, set to be heard by the Supreme Court.

11:00, 14th August 2018
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No Limits on Ltds: Defending the Right of Corporations to Sue in Defamation

Defamation law has gradually widened throughout the years. However, controversy has arisen over whether or not companies, which grant high value to goodwill, should be able to sue when defamed by an individual. Australia has adopted a approach; should English law consider it?

11:00, 20th July 2018
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NT1 & NT2 v Google Pt II: Hiding Criminal Convictions

Expanding on the first article on NT1 & NT2 v Google [2018], consideration is given to the significant Google Spain [2014] decision, over which a fundamental balancing exercise was undertaken by Warby J.

11:00, 12th June 2018
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The Pugachev Chronicles: Revisiting the Law on Trusts

Headlines were made following the legal controversy surrounding trusts created by exiled Russian billionaire Sergei Viktorovich Pugachev. A recent judgment on these trusts from 2017 takes an in-depth look into exactly how trusts operate, and the ways in which they can be stretched to breaking point.

11:00, 11th May 2018
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Corporate Liability to Third Parties: Where We Were and Where We Are

Common law doctrines and the idea of companies having separate legal personality resulted in harsh consequences for third parties to commercial contracts. Therefore, the Companies Act 2006 represented a welcome mass overhaul of the previous unsatisfactory law.

11:00, 6th April 2018
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If It's Not Faulty, Don't Fix It: Defending Fault in Negligence

Apart from certain strict liability exceptions, no-fault liability in negligence has failed to gain traction in English Law. However, Lord Sumption's recent extra-judicial endorsement of no-fault liability has revived the debate. But this article argues that the current system should be retained.

12:00, 13th March 2018
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The Death of Copyright Law's Idea/Expression Dichotomy

For copyright law, a between ideas and expressions has long been considered to have foundational status. However, a number of recent judgments from both the English and EU courts have cast doubt on the extent to which that fundamental dichotomy really is applicable today.

12:00, 2nd February 2018
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