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A Permanent Investment Court: The Future of the International Investment Regime?

The ability of investors to sue for breaches of international investment agreements impacts on how governments can regulate. Such disputes are currently dealt with by a much-criticised arbitration regime. Many advocate reform, with the best proposal being the EU's: a permanent international court.

11:00, 28th August 2018
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Banco Nazionale v Playboy: Raising the Stakes on Negligent Misstatements

Since the seminal case of Hedley Byrne v Heller, there has been persistent judicial disagreement over the role of assuming responsibility for negligent misstatements. The issue recently arose for reconsideration before the Supreme Court - did the court resolve or continue the debate?

11:00, 24th August 2018
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The Battle for Survival: CVAs and their Impact on Landlords

CVAs are mechanisms agreed by companies and their creditors in order to stave off administration; they buy the company time to restructure their debt and business to survive. However, the effect of such arrangements on landlords can be damaging: they need to be aware of the risks.

11:00, 10th August 2018
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Commercial Awareness: Law Firms Floating on the Stock Market

Law firms, which have traditionally operated as limited liability partnerships for centuries, have increasingly begun transitioning to public companies and floating on the stock market. This represents a highly important change in the legal industry that should not be underestimated.

11:00, 3rd August 2018
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Pimlico Plumbers v Smith: Clearing a Blockage in the Employment Law Pipe?

The Supreme Court's recent judgment in Pimlico Plumbers v Smith [2018] highlighted the difficulties facing employment law that have arisen following dramatic changes in the employment market, but disappointed many employment lawyers through its refusal to be more intrusive in making change.

11:00, 27th July 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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Can Foreign Investors Sue The UK For Billions Over Brexit?

The UK has signed a number of treaties with other countries that it to protect the interests of foreign investors by keeping its legal framework stable. The potential upheaval that might come after Brexit might see the UK breach these obligations. Investors may thus be able to sue.

11:00, 3rd July 2018
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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.

11:00, 29th June 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.

18:00, 27th May 2018
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A New Rule for Company Groups? Knowingly Allowing a Subsidiary to Act Illegally

The current law on company groups allows too much scope for involuntary, unsecured creditors to lose out. Creating a new offence of knowingly allowing a subsidiary to act illegally offers protection to these creditors, without encroaching unduly on the principle of corporate legal personality.

11:00, 4th May 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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Competition Law in the Computer Age: Examining Microsoft v Commission

The characteristics of the IT market have created a myriad of new challenges for global competition authorities. They have had to adapt and strain the tools in their legal arsenal to ensure justice is done; as is evident from the long-standing battle between the European Commission and Microsoft.

12:00, 19th January 2018
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Problems with Trade Marks for Shapes

At present, the law applies strict limits to when a particular shape can be registered as a trade mark. Recently, this has denied protection to the shape of London Taxis and Nespresso coffee capsules. This appears to disregard the important role played by a product's aesthetic for many companies.

12:00, 16th January 2018
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A Stark Warning: Greece, Goldman Sachs and the ‘Swaps Deal’

The infamous currency swaps between Greece and Goldman Sachs, used to ensure the country could join the Eurozone, shows how the problems that can arise without sufficient regulation of an expanded derivatives market. Hopefully, the fallout from the deals will spark some much-needed regulation.

12:00, 15th December 2017
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