Access all areas: how safe is your commercially sensitive environmental information? | Burges Salmon

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Access to environmental information often creates conflict between the rights of citizens to understand the environment in which they live and the legitimate confidential interests of businesses that provide services to public bodies. The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004 came into force over five years ago, but there are still frequent skirmishes in the courts …

Health and safety in Scotland: changes to regulatory landscape | Brodies

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This article reviews the health and safety regulatory regime in Scotland, which has been transformed over the past year. It tracks the development of the dedicated Health and Safety Division, the move towards the pursuit of individuals for health and safety offences, and what this means for organisations and senior staff in Scotland.

Competition law developments in CEE and SEE countries | Wolf Theiss

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Last year saw an increase in legislative activities concerning competition law in several central and eastern European (CEE) and south-east European (SEE) countries. The non-EU member countries in the region continue to harmonise their competition law regimes with international standards applicable in most jurisdictions in the EU. This should facilitate the competition law assessment for …

Remoteness of damage: Supershield brings commercial background to the fore | Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP

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Supershield Ltd v Siemens Building Technologies FE Ltd [2010] takes us back to the nuts and bolts of contract law – to the question of remoteness of damage. A type of loss resulting from a breach of contract cannot be recovered if it is too remote. The law in this area has become unsettled in …

Preventing reputation meltdown: brand, stakeholder and media | Schillings

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When we think of reputation, particularly corporate reputation, we are really thinking about trust in an organisation. A successful company must gain the trust of its employees, suppliers, shareholders and customers to help win a commercial advantage over its competitors and protect the value of its business. Losing stakeholder trust can result in the failure …

Supreme Court clarifies scope of regulatory discretion on environmental reviews | Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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In a unanimous decision released on 21 January 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada clarified the discretion of a federal responsible authority (RA) to make decisions regarding the scoping of projects for purposes of the federal environmental assessment (EA) process. In MiningWatch Canada v Canada (Fisheries and Oceans) [2010], the court overturned a Federal Court …

Data security breaches: knowledge worth knowing | Byrne Wallace

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Several high-profile data security breaches have made the headlines in recent times involving the loss of personal information relating to hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals. In many cases the information was stored on unencrypted laptops that were either lost or stolen.