Full reform of the controlled foreign companies legislation | The In-House Lawyer

Legal Briefing

On 30 June 2011, the government published the long-awaited consultation document on reform of the controlled foreign companies (CFC) legislation. The consultation follows the announcement at Budget 2011 that the government would consult on full reform this year with new legislation to be included in the Finance Bill 2012. The regime has been repeatedly criticised …

Product recalls: damned if you do, damned if you don’t? | Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Legal Briefing

Whilst few product recalls grab the headlines in the way of Toyota’s worldwide recall of millions of Prius and other vehicles, product recalls are happening all the time as can readily be seen from newspapers, store advertisements, government agency announcements and a variety of other media. Barring rare cases of malicious tampering, each recall represents …

Amendments to Dutch telecoms law restricts the use of cookies | Boekel

Legal Briefing

On June 22 2011, the Dutch parliament adopted ten out of eleven amendments to the Telecommunication Act in order to implement revised European privacy, electronic communications and telecom directives. Only the amendment on internet access as a universal service was rejected. With these measures, the Netherlands will most probably become one of the first countries …

Those rebellious Scots again: the Supreme Court and the Scottish Government | Brodies

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Whether it’s voting rights for prisoners or so-called ‘super-injunctions’, the Scottish media has over the past few months been full of commentary about the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the application of Strasbourg jurisprudence in the Scottish and UK courts. Why, it is argued by some, should the distinct British …

Corporate risk and reputation: the brand, consumer trust and the media | Schillings

Legal Briefing

Consumer engagement, particularly online, is key to creating and maintaining trust in a brand. Post-recession distrust means that brands have to carefully consider their reputation risk strategy. Developing a risk strategy to prevent a crisis is key to ensuring that the company, and those at its helm, are well prepared for any activity that could …

Cost of careless talk | Macfarlanes

Legal Briefing

In Spring v Guardian Assurance [1995], the House of Lords held that an employer who provided a reference owed an employee a duty to take reasonable care in the preparation of that reference. Therefore, failure to do so could lead to a claim for negligence if the employee suffers damage as a result. HR departments …