Safe sex? | Holman Fenwick Willan

Legal Briefing

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has found that the pricing of insurance and other financial services on the basis of the sex of the customer amounts to sexual discrimination.

I wandered lonely into a cloud… | Kemp Little

Legal Briefing

In traditional computing infrastructure, a computer’s operating system (eg Microsoft Windows), applications (eg Microsoft Office) and data are stored on an individual user’s computer. In the office environment data is usually stored on servers (often within the same building), which are then accessible by the rest of an organisation. Cloud computing is a different approach …

Britain is open for big business | Magrath Sheldrick LLP

Legal Briefing

David Cameron’s coalition government promised that it would reduce net migration to the UK to the tens of thousands and that is what it is attempting to do. The government recently announced a raft of changes to the immigration rules designed to fulfil this promise.

Environmental challenges to major projects | Burges Salmon

Legal Briefing

Major projects, such as energy generation stations or waste treatment plants, can meet with fierce opposition, often on environmental grounds. Sometimes the opposition is led by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) voicing concerns over climate change or habitat destruction, sometimes the campaign is driven by local residents anxious about amenity issues, such as noise or odour pollution, …

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN THE CEE/SEE REGION | Wolf Theiss

Legal Briefing

In the context of budgetary restrictions on the one hand, and the need for major economy-driving projects in the public sector on the other, public-private partnerships (PPPs) provide states with an excellent option for achieving this goal with minimum financial participation. Many European countries have so far been successfully implementing PPP structures in various projects. …

Budget 2011 | Watson Farley & Williams

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered his Budget on 23 March 2011, in which various tax amendments were announced. In his Budget speech, the Chancellor announced that two of the government’s ambitions for the British economy were to create the most competitive tax system in the G20 and to make the UK the …

Mutual Legal Assistance: When your assistance is required | Kingsley Napley LLP

Legal Briefing

This article is an assessment of practical and legal considerations arising from the operation of mutual legal assistance provided by the UK in connection with international criminal investigations. Mutual legal assistance (MLA) arrangements enable one country to seek assistance in obtaining evidence located in another country for the purposes of criminal investigations or proceedings. In …

Competition rules for Dutch public authorities | Boekel

Legal Briefing

The senate of the Netherlands has recently adopted a bill that protects private undertakings against unfair competition of public authorities (and public enterprises) conducting business activities. The bill imposes several rules of conduct on these public authorities. This article looks at the background to these changes and discusses the way in which the rules of …

Puppet on a string | Macfarlanes

Legal Briefing

Since the House of Lords decision in Salomon v Salomon & Co [1897], it has been a fundamental principal of company law that a company has a separate legal personality. This means that shareholders are not normally liable for the acts or omissions of a company. However, the court will ‘pierce the corporate veil’ where …