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

Agricultural Estates Newsletter Spring 2015

Date Posted: 26/03/2015 Author: James Maxwell

I felt rather awkward at a recent regional CLA meeting: the sole suit amongst a sea of green tweed.  What to wear?  That perennial question, which expresses the desire to identify ourselves as individuals and the conflicting impulse to identify with others. 

It is a question that besets land agents too.  On...

Inn the Field of Play – March 2015

Date Posted: 25/03/2015 Author: Udo Onwere

Avoiding the Loopholes

Any attempt to simplify issues bound up with the dual concepts of morality and law often leads to heated debate and greater uncertainty. The fraught topic of tax avoidance is, once again, headline news because of sports and media personalities being implicated in contentious film scheme partnerships. This...

Commercial Property Newsletter: Spotlight on Development April 2015

Date Posted: 24/03/2015 Author: Clive Lovatt

This is the April edition of the Farrer & Co Commercial Property Group newsletter. It is of course still March and we are slightly ahead of ourselves; however on 6 April, important changes to the CDM Regulations come into force. Our article on the subject highlights the main differences introduced by new Regulations. All developers undertaking works currently o...

Telecoms Business – Employee misuse of business information and database

Date Posted: 24/03/2015 Author: John Hull

It is a curious fact that information cannot, at least in the UK, be stolen for the simple reason that information is not regarded as property and our definition of theft is an intention permanently to deprive the owner of his property.  But businesses often talk in terms of having their valuable confidential information or trade secrets s...

What's new for the Licensing Act 2003?

Date Posted: 23/03/2015 Author: Margaret Spice

Do you have a personal licence (to supply or authorise the supply of alcohol) which is about to expire?

The Government wants to remove the requirement to renew personal licences under the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act).  A Deregulation Bill is in process but it won't receive Royal Assent before the time that so...

Azure is King of the Blues as Microsoft adopts ISO/IEC 27018 Cloud privacy standards

Date Posted: 23/03/2015 Author: Alan Baker

There is a long-standing debate among fans of blues music about which of Albert, B.B. and Freddie King can be crowned the 'king of the blues'.  For the most part, this is a rather jovial debate which simply highlights that three (unrelated) blues pioneers shared the same surname: assessing their relative musical contributions is entirely more c...

The doping risks of modern sports supplements: UKAD v. Williams, Warburton

Date Posted: 13/03/2015 Author: Tom Rudkin and David Herbert

The recent decision of the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) in the case of Welsh athletes Gareth Warburton and Rhys Williams has brought the issue of sports nutrition products firmly into the public conscience.

This article was first written for and published by LawInSport. Click

Dust off your old files

Date Posted: 12/03/2015 Author: Jeremy Gordon and Jolyon Connell

Jeremy Gordon and Jolyon Connell examine a recent Supreme Court decision which may allow practitioners to revive cases which might previously have appeared statute barred.  

This article was first published in the New Law Journal and is reproduced by kind permission.

Buying residential property in England and Wales: the basics

Date Posted: 10/03/2015 Author: Annabel Younger

This guide has been translated into French, Spanish,

FCA/PRA Whistleblowing Consultation

Date Posted: 09/03/2015 Author: Grania Baird and Fiona Lowrie

Late last month, the FCA and the PRA published a joint consultation paper (FCA CP15/4 and PRA CP6/15) (CP) on whistleblowing in deposit-takers, PRA-designated investment firms and insurers (relevant firms). This article considers the key proposals in the CP, and potential action points for relevant firms to consider.

The Billion Dollar Bank Heist

Date Posted: 06/03/2015 Author: Alan Baker

Following our thought piece last month about the hacking of Sony Pictures, the more recent news has carried troubling reports that up to $1 billion has been stolen from banks and financial institutions in 30 different countries over the past two years. These attacks, as reported by Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab, appear to have been carried out by a cyber-crime ri...

Facebook's New Year Privacy Resolutions Fail To Impress

Date Posted: 06/03/2015 Author: Owen O'Rorke

At the end of January, Facebook trumpeted its latest privacy update.  As perhaps has become rather predictable it was couched in soothing promises about 'helping you get more out of Facebook' and making choices 'easier'. Yet, its primary aim appears to be another land-grab into its valuable 1.35 billion active users’ data.

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.

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.


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.

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...

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