November 2011

“The Future” on hold

28-11-2011 01:00

I remember being told by my University Property lecturer that the future of property transactions would be changed by the Land Registry’s plans for electronic conveyancing (e-conveyancing)…

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Bribery Act 2010: First Prosecution and Sentence

24-11-2011 09:15

As you may recall from this blog on 31 October 2011, the Bribery Act 2010 came into force in the UK on 1 July 2011.  The Act, which was seen as the largest revamp of the Laws of Bribery for a significant period created four separate categories of offence.  On 18 November 2011, the first sentence was handed down under the Act following the first prosecution.

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Facebook Users “Like” Data Protection

21-11-2011 10:46

When browsing consumer websites you may have noticed the Facebook “like” button which is now a common feature. The “like feature” has recently been the subject of an investigation by data protection officials in Germany.

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Patents County Court: Small Claims

17-11-2011 12:41

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will recall that a few weeks ago we mentioned changes to the Patents County Court (“the PCC”) procedure. 

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Same dispute, different adjudication

14-11-2011 09:45

In Carillion Construction Ltd. v Stephen Andrew Smith [2011] EWHC 2910 (TCC) (10 November 2011) the court was asked to consider whether a dispute referred to adjudication by the defendant in 2011 was in substance the same as a dispute referred to adjudication in 2003.

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Case law update: Copyright: News Updates

11-11-2011 10:41

Many businesses use e-mail alerts for their clients and customers to update them as to news stories or general matters which may be of interest to them.  A recent case in the Court of Appeal (The Newspaper Licensing Agency & Others v Meltwater Holding BV & Others) in respect of copyright infringement in newspaper headlines and articles by a news aggregation service may be of interest to such businesses.

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Treasury Secretary’s Announcement of more details on the Growing Places Development Fund

07-11-2011 11:09

Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander will today provide more information on the Government’s new Growing Places development fund, including how much of the £½ billion total fund will be allocated to each region.

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