Scottish taxes: while attention is focused on the forthcoming independence referendum significant changes have already taken place
 | Brodies

Legal Briefing

There has been much discussion about the Scottish independence referendum, due to be held in 2014, the relative merits of ‘Devo Max’ and ‘Devo Plus’, both of which would devolve greater powers to the Scottish Government, and the implications of a lower corporation tax rate north of the border, should the Scottish Government be given …

Targeted financial sanctions: what if 
the target is wrong? | Kingsley Napley LLP

Legal Briefing

Sanctions have been an important mechanism in the efforts – by the UN, EU and individual states – to promote international peace and security. Since the early 1990s, and following the experience of implementation of comprehensive sanctions against Iraq, increasing use has been made of so-called targeted sanctions – measures taken against named individuals or …

Risks following a product recall, part 2: 
criminal offences 
for the company 
and directors
 | Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Legal Briefing

In addition to civil product liability claims, a company and its directors could also face criminal charges following the recall of an unsafe product. In part 2 of this two-part series considering post-recall risks, Alison Newstead, partner with Shook Hardy & Bacon International, outlines the potential offences and penalties under the General Product Safety Regulations …

To Belize, or not to Belize, that is the question: have the traditional tests for implying terms into contracts been superseded? | Macfarlanes

Legal Briefing

In the recent case of Jackson v Dear 
& anor [2012], Briggs J considered, among other things, the extent to which traditional 
tests for implying terms into contracts have been superseded by Lord Hoffmann’s decision in the Privy Council case of (1) Attorney General of Belize (2) ECOM Ltd 
(3) Belize Telecommunications Ltd v (1) …

Trade mark watching: the importance of a considered strategy | Rouse

Legal Briefing

Protecting trade marks through registration has long been accepted as good practice by businesses around the world. Registration, however, is only the beginning. Enforcement is equally important. In the context of this article, I am referring to enforcement against competing/offending trade mark applications, rather than competing/offending use. A sound enforcement strategy should include a comprehensive …

Legislative update and recent developments in US immigration | Magrath Sheldrick LLP

Legal Briefing

‘Let America be America again
, Let it be the dream it used to be
, Let it be the pioneer on the plain, Seeking a home where he himself is free’ [Excerpt from Let America Be America Again, a poem by Langston Hughes] LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Election years generally are not known for significant immigration legislation developments. …

Wrestling with the Data Protection Act 1998 | WilmerHale

Legal Briefing

The beginning of any kind of internal investigation is a fraught time for in-house lawyers. Whether the investigation has 
been triggered by suspected corrupt conduct, accounting irregularities or the inklings of attention from a prosecutor, things usually need to happen fast and thinking time can be scarce.

Insurance law 
reform: a better 
world for insureds? | Eversheds Sutherland

Legal Briefing

Having reformed insurance law for consumers with a new Act in spring 2012, the Law Commissions have been grappling with changing the law as it affects business insurance. The principle drivers for reform are, firstly, that insureds say they struggle with fulfilling their obligation to disclose all material information that an insurer requires and, secondly, …