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Commercial Awareness: The Fortnightly Round-Up (w/b 31st July)

Understanding the complex world of commerce is vital for aspiring commercial lawyers. Keep Calm Talk Law's fortnightly round-up returns from a short break, providing a succinct and manageable guide to the commercial stories you should know about.

17:00, 6th August 2017
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Drones, Donald and Distinction: Civilian Protection in Contemporary Warfare

The use of drones in modern warfare highlights ambiguities in the law of armed conflict. Concerns surrounding this have been heightened as the new President undermines the due process and accountability mechanisms that Obama introduced. Under Trump, civilian collateral has become an afterthought.

11:00, 4th August 2017
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Eli Lilly v Actavis: Widening the Scope of Patent Protection

A case of fundamental importance to the future of many patent claims was heard by the Supreme Court earlier this month. The decision, which appears to provide better protection for patent holders against competing inventions, might cause more problems than it solves.

11:00, 28th July 2017
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Frustration: A New Approach for the 21st Century?

Since its creation in the mid-19th century, the courts have struggled to articulate a satisfactory justification for the doctrine of frustration. However, it appears that the 21st century - via an important judgment from the Court of Appeal - might have provided the long-awaited answer.

11:00, 25th July 2017
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Paid and Displayed: Is the BBC at risk of Discrimination Lawsuits?

The publication of the salaries of the BBC's 96 highest paid stars has shone a light on a major gender pay gap within the corporation. Might these new figures leave it having to fight off pay discrimination lawsuits?

11:00, 21st July 2017
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Vulnerable Securities: The Frailties of The Floating Charge

The floating charge - a valuable instrument in secured financing transactions - is subject to a number of disadvantages compared to its counterpart, the fixed charge. Though potentially justifiable by reference to insolvency policy, the legislature may wish to consider options for reforming this.

11:00, 14th July 2017
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The Last Laugh? The Failure of IP law to Protect Comedians

The law of IP across many jurisdictions has struggled to provide adequate protection for comedians, as demonstrated by an upcoming case in America involving Conan O'Brien. There is evidence that shows comedians have thus resorted to using social norms to protect themselves, and each other.

11:00, 11th July 2017
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Commercial Awareness: The Fortnightly Round-Up (w/b 3rd July)

Understanding the complex world of commerce is vital for aspiring commercial lawyers. Keep Calm Talk Law's fortnightly round-up keeps providing a succinct and manageable guide to the commercial stories you should know about.

17:00, 9th July 2017
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Do New Evidence Proposals for Rape Cases Strike a Fair Balance?

New evidence proposals have been given wide coverage in the media. While they may seem ideologically sound, does a close examination of their practicalities lead to questions about whether these reforms could be quite damaging to an area already struggling to strike an intricate balance?

11:00, 7th July 2017
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A Global Perspective on Anti-Suit Injunctions

Anti-suit injunctions are a key way in which a party to an arbitration agreement can protect their right to bring a claim according to its terms. But the extent to which they are welcomed varies in different jurisdictions, in a way that seems linked to the underlying origins of each legal system.

11:00, 4th July 2017
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Questions Without Answers: The Grenfell Tower Disaster

While the political fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire has been intensely covered by the media, legal questions that examine the effectiveness of the relevant regulations, as well as notions of accountability, have been given less airtime and scrutiny. But is this an oversight?

11:00, 28th June 2017
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Altruism or Exploitation? Fiscal Privileges for Charitable Trusts

A trust that is considered to be for a charitable purpose is given certain fiscal privileges, but it is debated by legal academics and philosophers alike whether these provisions are necessary to encourage the creation of such trusts or unjustifiably risk potential exploitation.

11:00, 26th June 2017
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Commercial Awareness: The Fortnightly Round-Up (w/b 19th June)

Understanding the complex world of commerce is vital for aspiring commercial lawyers. Keep Calm Talk Law's fortnightly round-up continues, providing a succinct and manageable guide to the commercial stories you should know about.

18:00, 25th June 2017
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Commercial Awareness: The Fortnightly Round-Up (w/b 5th June)

Understanding the complex world of commerce is vital for aspiring commercial lawyers. Keep Calm Talk Law's fortnightly round-up powers through, providing a succinct and manageable guide to the commercial stories you should know about.

17:00, 12th June 2017
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