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What is Happening to Defamation Law?

England was once known as the 'centre for libel tourism'. Since the introduction of the Defamation Act 2013, however, the number of defamation claims brought to court in England and Wales has steadily dropped. What has happened to kill this area of law?

11:00, 23rd April 2019
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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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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.

11:00, 1st June 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.

18:00, 20th May 2018
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Spanish Rugby in the Dock Pt I: Finding Grounds for Appeal

A Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification match between Belgium and Spain was steeped in controversy. But in a recent decision, an independent committee declined to order a replay. In the first of a two part series, Ben Cisneros looks at how English law might help Spanish Rugby challenge this ruling.

11:00, 18th May 2018
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The Pugachev Chronicles: Revisiting the Law on Trusts

Headlines were made following the legal controversy surrounding trusts created by exiled Russian billionaire Sergei Viktorovich Pugachev. A recent judgment on these trusts from 2017 takes an in-depth look into exactly how trusts operate, and the ways in which they can be stretched to breaking point.

11:00, 11th May 2018
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Fixed-Term Contracts in Football: Foul Play or Fair Game?

The idea of footballers being signed on short-term contracts has been a widely accepted part of the sport. However, in a recent German case, a player challenged the legality of these contracts; if he had been successful, this could have had a revolutionary effect on the beautiful game.

12:00, 9th February 2018
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The Biggest Challenges Facing the Legal Profession in 2018

Showing an understanding of the challenges facing the legal profession is vital for demonstrating awareness to recruiters. Thus, it is important to examine how issues like Brexit, cyber security, fixed costs and online courts could cause problems for lawyers in the coming year.

12:00, 2nd January 2018
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Lachaux v Independent Print: Defining ‘Serious Harm’ for Defamation

Since the introduction of the Defamation Act 2013, there has been some confusion about what exactly is meant by 'serious harm'. In a case recently decided by the Court of Appeal, some light was shed upon this question; but does the answer really accord with Parliament's intention?

11:00, 27th October 2017
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The MoD's New Compensation Scheme Distorts the Doctrine of Combat Immunity

The doctrine of combat immunity allows the MoD to escape liability for negligence during the heat of battle. Its application involves striking a balance between protecting service personnel and the need for an effective military. A new internal MoD compensation scheme upsets this balance.

11:00, 24th October 2017
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An Expensive Hiccup? Enforcing Drunken Promises in Ashley v Blue

A recent case examined a contract allegedly made by Newcastle United FC chairman Mike Ashley during a night of heavy drinking. It highlights the importance of a fundamental criterion for the creation of a contract - the intention to create legal relations - and how uncertainty can vitiate it.

11:00, 6th October 2017
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Fair Use on YouTube: The H3H3Productions Copyright Case

A recent American case saw, for the first time, a maker of a YouTube video that used clips made by other YouTubers taken to court. It sheds light on the similarities between two doctrines of English and American law that govern when the exclusive right granted by copyright law can be overcome.

11:00, 19th September 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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