Oil and gas decommissioning | Burges Salmon

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According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) statistics, within the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS) there are approximately 500 oil and gas installations, 10,000 kilometres of pipeline and over 10,000 wells. As an increasing number of these installations become redundant due to the depletion of oil field reserves, challenging issues are raised …

Procter & Gamble clean up in interpretation of paper towels sales contract | Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP

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For anyone who thought that the courts would be more willing to imply terms into contracts following the Privy Council’s decision in Attorney General of Belize & ors v Belize Telecom Ltd & anor [2009] and the Supreme Court’s decision in Rainy Sky SA v Kookmin Bank [2011], the judgment in Procter & Gamble Company …

Kilted class actions | Brodies

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Class actions have been a hot topic in recent months due to a number of high-profile actual and threatened class actions south of the border. However, as things stand, class actions do not exist in Scotland. Would Scotland benefit from having a class action procedure and, if so, what form might it take?

Hot topics in commercial judicial review | Kingsley Napley LLP

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Companies are increasingly using judicial review to protect valuable business interests. It is now routine for companies to challenge official decisions not only on the traditional grounds of illegality, irrationality and procedural unfairness, but also by invoking human rights principles and European law. When used effectively, commercial judicial review is a powerful tool. This article …

Is your Dutch joint venture shareholding safe and sound? | Boekel

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For tax reasons, international joint ventures are often structured by using a Dutch private limited liability company. As such, the joint venture company is governed by its mandatory articles of association. Besides the articles of association, the joint venture partners (shareholders) usually also enter into a separate joint venture or shareholders’ agreement to regulate the …

Gigantic noticeboard or wall of graffiti? Online libel: are we lost in analogy? | Schillings

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Following the recent High Court decision in Tamiz v Google Inc [2012], which closely followed the decision by HHJ Parkes QC in Davison v Habeeb [2011] just two months earlier involving the same defendant, you may have been mistaken for thinking that the law was for once attempting to move at the pace of technology. …

Privilege against self-incrimination: ‘an archaic and unjustifiable survival from the past’? | Macfarlanes

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The recent case of Coogan v News Group Newspapers Ltd & anor [2012] is the latest in a string of claims arising out of the infamous phone-hacking scandal that dominated the media for most of 2011. In this case, the Court of Appeal considered the law of privilege against self-incrimination (PSI). In particular, it examined …