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Fladgate in International Litigation News after Supreme Court judgment in Vendanta Resources Plc v Lungowe

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On 10 April 2019, the Supreme Court handed down a much anticipated judgment Vedanta Resources Plc v Lungowe, holding that UK parent companies may owe a duty of care to third parties affected by their foreign subsidiaries’ operations. The dispute related to the alleged environmental pollution caused by the Nchanga copper mine owned by UK-domiciled […]


Data Protection – A year’s worth of challenges and threats

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Leigh Callaway and Gerald Brent examine the major issues which have been cropping up continually over the past year.


Possible implications of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit for commercial contracts

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Despite a wealth of proposals, no clear majority has surfaced for any single legislative option in the House of Commons to manage the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (Brexit). As such, as an operation of law on 29 March 2019, without an agreed or managed exit (a No Deal), contracts, domestic and international, will need to be reviewed for their effectiveness. Here we explore the potential effects of a No Deal on typical contractual terms.


High Court blocks £1-3bn data protection claims against Google

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In a recent decision relating to the violation of consumer data privacy, the Court has set out helpful guidance regarding claims brought under the Data Protection Act 1998, as well as in respect of the conditions which must be satisfied for a representative action for breach of data privacy to be brought (Lloyd v. Google […]


“No-deal Brexit: civil and commercial cooperation” guidance published by the Law Society

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Last month the Law Society published guidance (found here) for solicitors, concerning civil and commercial cooperation between the UK and EU member states in the event of a “no deal” Brexit. In short, in the event that the UK exits the EU’s institutional structures immediately/without a transition period, cooperation between the legal regimes of the […]


Personal data: a global commodity subject to regional rules

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The introduction within the EU of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) led to frantic scrambles in the EU to achieve compliance. Such behaviour is understandable, given how easily a complaint may be made to a supervisory authority about organisations which allegedly breach data protection rules: in Britain, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has provided […]


European Unified Patent Court agreement ratified by the UK

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On 26 April, the UK ratified the EU’s Unified Patent Court (UPC) agreement. Although much of intellectual property law and practice is already harmonised amongst EU member states, a UPC would set up a common patent court for the hearing of intellectual property cases, and the direct applicability of its rulings, across all EU member […]