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Commercial Awareness: The Sainsbury's/Asda Merger vs Competition Law

The proposed merger of two of the UK's biggest supermarkets, Sainsbury's and Asda, raises important questions that are often tackled by M & A lawyers: how and when will competition law operate to prevent or limit a deal because it poses too big a threat to market competition.

12:00, 29th June 2018
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Spanish Rugby in the Dock Part III: The End of the Line?

An appeal committee upheld a first-instance decision that blocks the Spanish rugby team from qualifying for the Rugby World Cup 2019. Both decisions hold that Spain acted contrary to the laws of rugby. In the third of a three part series, Ben Cisneros examines the final chapter of this sorry saga.

12:00, 26th June 2018
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The Fight for LGBT Rights in the Commonwealth Pt I: Tracing Historical Origins

One of the major legal legacies of the British Empire is the criminalisation of homosexuality, which still exists across most Commonwealth states. In the first of a two-part series, Alasdair Maher tracks the historical origins of anti-LGBT laws and how this has influenced their continued existence.

12:00, 22nd June 2018
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The Precautionary Approach in the North Sea: Causing More Harm than Good?

The precautionary approach is one of the most fundamental principles of international environmental law. It has been vital to the protection of the environment from harm in many contexts. However, in others like artificial reef creation, its overly rigid application can be counter-productive.

12:00, 19th June 2018
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Kilraine v Wandsworth LBC: The Final Whistle on the Geldud Distinction?

The protection afforded to whistleblowers, who call out the immoral or illegal activities of their employers, has been beset with confusion, after the introduction of a questionable between allegations and disclosures of information. The Court of Appeal now has a chance to rectify this.

12:00, 15th June 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.

12:00, 12th June 2018
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NT1 & NT2 v Google Pt I: The Right to be Forgotten

The right to be forgotten received considerable attention following the ECJ's judgment in Google Spain [2014]. Warby J recently expanded the legal mechanism in NT1 & NT2 v Google [2018] when assessing whether it permits the hiding of information about the past criminal convictions of data subjects.

12:00, 8th June 2018
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Enhancing Privacy and Data Protection: The GDPR and the Road Ahead

The previous legislation responsible for governing data protection had problems. It is therefore welcome that the GDPR enhances the protection over individuals’ privacy rights: it is a significant step in the right direction, filling in gaps previously left to the courts to cover.

12:00, 5th June 2018
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The Taxman Will See You Now, Doctor: Reforming the Tax Status of NHS Locums

Reforms to IR35 - tax legislation that aims to tackle tax avoidance - caused problems for the NHS: it had to determine whether its temporary doctors and nurses (locums) should fall under its provisions. Both solutions it has tried to implement at various points are beset by serious problems.

12:00, 1st June 2018
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A Dose of Privacy? The Impact of GDPR on the NHS

The recent implementation of the GDPR has far reaching implications for many types of industries. The NHS, in particular, must ensure that it complies with the regulations, particularly in light of its status as one of the largest employers in the world and the nature of the data it holds.

12:10, 29th May 2018
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Event Report: Capturing European Views on the Progress of Brexit Negotiations

The future for the EU and the UK's relationship remains unclear. Brexit negotiations have stalled, while the British government, public and press are split. Rarely heard, though, are views on Brexit from those on the Continent. To overcome that, a German lawyer gives his take on where things stand.

19:00, 27th May 2018
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An Introduction to the GDPR and its Impact on Competition Law

The General Data Protection Regulation introduces a new regime that seeks to modernise data protection law by imposing new obligations upon organisations. It seems likely to have positive impact on competition law, so long as clear lines can be drawn delineating when each body of law applies.

12:00, 25th May 2018
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‘Sex for Rent’ Arrangements: Why They Exist and How to Tackle Them

There has been a rise in so-called 'sex for rent' arrangements, whereby landlords offer discounted or free accommodation in return for sexual favours. Some worry that the law cannot tackle this problem. These are misplaced; the required provisions do already exist, but lack effective enforcement.

12:00, 22nd May 2018
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Spanish Rugby in the Dock Pt II: Mitigating Ineligibility

The Spanish rugby team will miss out on qualifying for the Rugby World Cup 2019 after fielding ineligible players. An independent committee confirmed they had breached the laws of the game. However, in the second of a two part series, Ben Cisneros suggests there remains a glimmer of hope for Spain.

19:00, 20th May 2018
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