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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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Tall Tales: Is it High Time to allow Height Discrimination Claims?

At present, English and EU law can only provide indirectly protect claimants who have been subjected to discrimination on the grounds of their height. But this leaves open the chance of a lacuna in the law arising, as the fact pattern of a case decided by the European Court of Justice illustrates.

12:00, 8th December 2017
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Farewell to Arms? The Legality of Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The UK's arms sales to Saudi Arabia are heavily controversial, such that a legal challenge was brought against them by campaigners. The High Court's decision offered a fascinating example of how the courts are reluctant to cross fairly conservative boundaries between the executive and judiciary.

12:00, 5th December 2017
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Defining a Sport: A Bridge Too Far for VAT Exemptions?

Deciding whether or not an activity is a sport can have important tax consequences, as the governing body of Bridge discovered. But while the European Court of Justice ruled that Bridge does not constitute a sport, the decision overlooked several crucial factors that should have been accounted for.

12:00, 1st December 2017
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Striking a Balance between Sovereign Wealth Funds and National Security

The rise of Sovereign Wealth Funds has triggered concerns that such funds could be used by the possessing state to influence or disrupt the economic security of other states. Yet the current law addressing these concerns is insufficient; much must be done to guarantee these funds are used correctly.

12:00, 17th November 2017
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Foster Care: Rethinking Horizontal Direct Effect for Directives

A recent ECJ decision clarified the ambit of an exception to the principle that Directives do not have Horizontal Direct Effect. But in reaching this conclusion, the ECJ inadvertently shed light of why the original principle is flawed: it is time to grant Horizontal Direct Effect to Directives.

12:00, 10th November 2017
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Saving the Unsaveable? Reforming the Cartel Offence

The cartel offence was intended to add bite to English competition law. However, since its introduction, it has been beset by enforcement problems, triggering attempted reform. Yet these problems will persist, as Parliament overlooked a potentially fatal flaw that will plague the use of the offence.

11:00, 3rd 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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Commercial Awareness: The Fortnightly Round-Up (w/b 18th September)

Understanding the complex world of commerce is vital for aspiring commercial lawyers. In a bumper edition before it takes a well-earned break, Keep Calm Talk Law's fortnightly commercial awareness round-up sets out a succinct and manageable guide to the commercial stories you should know about.

19:00, 24th September 2017
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Commercial Awareness: The Fortnightly Round-Up (w/b 28th August)

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

18:00, 3rd September 2017
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Could the EU become a Military Union?

A provision in one of the EU's two main Treaties appears to impose a collective defence obligation that is comparable to that which forms the bedrock of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Is it therefore possible to argue that the EU could become, or is already, a military Union?

11:00, 8th August 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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Commercial Awareness: The Fortnightly Round-Up (w/b 27th March)

Understanding the complex world of commerce is vital for aspiring commercial lawyers. Keep Calm Talk Law's fortnightly round-up has a special focus on the British currency this week, as it continues to provide a succinct and manageable guide to the commercial stories you should know about.

18:00, 2nd April 2017
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Lord Lester's 'Five Ideas to Fight For' - And How Brexit Changes Them

Lord Lester QC's book, published in April 2016, outlined the importance of fighting for five key ideals. Almost one year and a Brexit vote later, the protection that these principles are afforded is under threat, and the nature and content of the battle for them has changed.

12:00, 21st March 2017
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