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We produce regular briefings which examine the latest legal developments, regulations and case law. 

Inn the Field of Play - February 2015

Date Posted: 26/02/2015 Author: Karen Phull

Community Service for the Premier League

The English Premier League (EPL) recently negotiated the sale of its broadcasting rights for £5.136 billion (excluding the sale of its overseas rights) to Sky and BT. This unprecedented package to show live EPL football will commence from the 2016/17 season for three years. Wh...

Remember, remember…..Residuals clauses in NDAs – risks and how to manage them

Date Posted: 20/02/2015 Author: David Copping 

Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are an established part of business life.  In an age of increasing information mobility and value, individuals and businesses often use NDAs to prevent unauthorised use and disclosure of business-critical confidential information.

£70,000 awarded to victim of online "cyber bullying" campaign

Date Posted: 20/02/2015 Author: Jennifer Agate

Johnson v Steele & Ors [2014] EWHC B24 (QB)


This article appeared in Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, C.T.L.R. 2015, 21(2), 29-30, reproduced here with the kind permission of the publishers.

Top Tips For Managing Your Website

Date Posted: 19/02/2015 Author: Alan Baker

Alan Baker offers some legal pointers for those who own or operate websites. This article was published in the Spring issue of Historic House: The Historic Houses Association Magazine and is reproduced by kind permission.

Drawing the strands together – a guide to the new UK property tax regime

Date Posted: 19/02/2015 Author: Nick Dunnell and Russell Cohen and Holly Jones

Over the past 3 years the government has:

  • introduced new taxes on high value residential property held by companies (whether UK or offshore);
  • significantly increased certain taxes on UK residential property; and
  • announced further taxes to come into effect in the future.


Public Contracts Regulations 2015: now published

Date Posted: 16/02/2015 Author: Paul Jones and Jane Randell

This note is the latest in our series tracking the development and transposition of the EU's three new Procurement Directives. The final form of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 has now been published and will come into force on 26 February 2015.

We previously covered the major talking points of the Public Contr...

Data: a Disincentive to Assert IP Rights?

Date Posted: 06/02/2015 Author: Peter Wienand and Emily Arnold

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that website operators may lay down contractual limitations on the practice of screen scraping - the automated extraction of data from...

UK Copyright infringement exceptions – update.

Date Posted: 05/02/2015 Author: Peter Wienand

In July last year we issued a briefing concerning the five new statutory instruments governing exceptions to UK copyright infringement, and as of 1 October 2014 the final two have now come into effect.  In addition there has been some significant case law from Europe which has offered preliminary insight into how the European Court is likely to...

Undertaking Construction Works? Make sure your contractor is not committing suicide

Date Posted: 03/02/2015 Author: Clive Lovatt

Higher education institutions, like most organisations, often need new or additional space.  An institution adding to its estate may procure a new building with a developer acting as a buffer between the organisation and the sharp end of the construction industry.

However, where an institution undertakes a de...

The New Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill – Implications for Universities

Date Posted: 03/02/2015 Author: John Hull

In the debate about how we control or counter terrorism and about how we prevent people from being radicalised, universities find themselves in an unenviable position.

Our universities represent a potent source for free speech. But they also represent a potent opportunity to detect those who may be vulnerable to rad...

Protection of Charities Bill

Date Posted: 03/02/2015 Author: James Maloney

The draft Protection of Charities Bill (the Bill), published in October 2014, follows a consultation in December 2013 on strengthening the powers of the Charity Commission (the Commission).  This consultation and the Bill emerged from concerns about the use of charities to support terrorism and the concern that...

Holiday Pay: has the Employment Appeal Tribunal slammed the floodgates shut?

Date Posted: 03/02/2015 Author: David Hunt

It is not often that an employment law case is front page news, and perhaps even rarer when the subject matter of the case is holiday pay.  However, given concerns that the judgment could open the floodgates for backdated holiday pay claims of such severity they could wipe out employers, the judgment in the cases of Fulton v Bear (Scotlan...

Higher Education Bulletin - Winter 2015

Date Posted: 03/02/2015 Author: Julian Smith

Welcome to the winter edition of our 'Higher Education Bulletin'. In this edition, Jeremy Isaacson discusses the Competition and Market Authority's draft advice on consumer protection law and the higher education sector, David Hunt looks at the recent developments in relation to holiday pay which hit the headlines at the end of last year, James Malo...

The Competition and Market Authority's draft advice on consumer protection law and the higher education sector

Date Posted: 03/02/2015 Author: Jeremy Isaacson

The Competition & Market Authority's draft advice on consumer protection law was issued in the run up to Christmas. This is the next stage in the on-going scrutiny of the higher education sector by the competition aut...

Avoiding the suggestion of undue influence

Date Posted: 02/02/2015 Author: Adam Carvalho TEP and Richard McDermott

This article was first published by the Solicitors Journal on Tuesday 27 January, and is reproduced by kind permission.


Adam Carvalho and Richard McDermott look at recent developments in relation to the tests for capacity and the courts' approach to the construction of...

Passing the Buck: Why Data Security Doesn't End With a Good Password

Date Posted: 29/01/2015 Author: Owen O'Rorke

Why good password discipline is just one aspect of seeking to ensure best practice in terms of data security 

Happy Birthday, Freedom of Information Act!

Date Posted: 29/01/2015 Author: Jeremy Isaacson

What have we learned as the Freedom of Information Act Hits 10

There has been plenty of excellent coverage of the 10th anniversary of the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act.  I was particularly interested to read Information Commissioner’s

Inn the Field of Play – January 2015

Date Posted: 27/01/2015 Author: Udo Onwere and Tom Rudkin

The curious case of Caterham F1

Welcome to Inn the Field of Play's opening offering for 2015. In October 2014, it was announced that Caterham Sports Limited, the manufacturer of cars for the Caterham Formula 1 team, had gone into administration. Formerly owned by Malaysian entrepreneur and Queens Par...

Families in Crisis: Mental Capacity Issues

Date Posted: 26/01/2015 Author: Charlotte Fraser

One in three people will experience a problem at some point during their lifetime; in any one year 19% of us will suffer from an anxiety disorder, 13% from a substance problem, and 7% from depression.

'The scandal of common mental illnesses left untreated' Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman, The Guardian/a>

Brand Gal RiRi: Pop star Rihanna vindicated in her image rights claim against Topshop

Date Posted: 23/01/2015 Author: Anthony Misquitta and Michael Patrick

The pop star, Rihanna, has won the second round in a legal battle against high street store, Topshop (part of the Arcadia Group), over a t-shirt bearing her image. In an important ruling on celebrity “image rights”, the Court of Appeal upheld a ban on Topshop selling a Rihanna “tank” sleeveless t-shirt without her permission. Three appeal judges agreed with an earlier High C...

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