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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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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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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.

11:10, 29th 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.

11:00, 25th May 2018
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Are Loot Boxes in Video Games Gambling?

Many video games offer players the chance to purchase 'loot boxes' that aid their progress in the game by rewarding the player with random in-game items. Questions can be raised about the extent to which this can, and should, be considered as falling under the legal definition of gambling.

12:00, 20th February 2018
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A Recipe for Disaster? Gross Negligence Manslaughter in R v Zaman

After a customer with known allergies died because of the presence of peanuts in his meal, a takeaway owner was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter. This is a rarely used offence, which can be criticised in a number of respects. However, arguably, it is one that is necessary in practice.

12:00, 16th February 2018
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The Reasonableness of the UCTA 1977’s Test of Reasonableness

The test of reasonableness in the UCTA 1977 has been criticised for its potential to create certainty and undermine the fundamental doctrine of freedom of contract. However, these criticisms overlook the judicial and legislative safeguards that have been put in place to counteract such concerns.

12:00, 31st October 2017
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Poor Relations and Proportionality: The Flaws of TfL’s Uber Decision

The decision by Transport for London not to renew Uber's operating licence in London has proved divisive. But for all the public discourse, little focus has been placed on the legal specifics, close examination of which reveals several grounds for the company to use to launch a successful appeal.

11:00, 13th October 2017
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Dead on Arrival: The Investigatory Powers Act 2016

The UK's current legislation on the retention of data - nicknamed the Snoopers' Charter - looks set to be scrutinised by the ECJ after many privacy groups have expressed concerns over its compliance with EU law. It is one of the many failures of the UK legislature to draft suitable law in this area.

11:00, 29th September 2017
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Carrying Some Baggage? The Law of Airlines and Lost Luggage

It seems almost inevitable that, at some point, a journey abroad will be affected by a problem with an airline. One of the most typical problems is with luggage that either gets damaged, delayed or lost. So is the law governing this area satisfactory and fair for passengers?

11:00, 15th August 2017
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The Impact of the CRA on Financial Services

The CRA 2015 is one of the most significant pieces of UK contract legislation since the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977. It seeks to reform and consolidate consumer law and also implements numerous directives. However, it has the potential to have significant impact on financial service providers.

12:20, 11th November 2015
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Unproductible! Losing Clarity In The Law of Product Liability

A recent European Union case has the potential to greatly increase producers' liability for defective products by awarding damages without it being proven that the actual product was defective. Instead, it only had to be shown the production series had a significantly increased risk of failure.

12:00, 4th November 2015
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A Consumer-Neutral Look at Jurisdiction in E-Commerce

EU law is notoriously protective of consumer rights. However, is this protective approach appropriate in the sphere of e-commerce, specifically in relation to the question of jurisdiction? Typically internet shoppers are more price-savvy, and with a higher tendency to take their business elsewhere.

12:00, 4th March 2015
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The Emergence of ODR

Under Civil Procedure Rules, Alternative Dispute Resolution has become an obligatory consideration before the commencement of legal proceedings. Technological advances have allowed for Online Dispute Resolution, making this useful means of dispute resolution more accessible and effective.

11:00, 13th October 2014
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