The Facts The SFO had commenced a criminal investigation into KBR Ltd, concerning suspected offences of bribery and corruption. KBR Ltd is one of many subsidiaries of the US based KBR Inc., and ultimately forms part of the wider KBR Group. As part of its investigation, the SFO sought documents held both in and outside […]
Background The decision follows an earlier trial of a preliminary issue in January 2016, which established that the defendant architect (Mrs Lejonvarn) owed a tortious duty of care to her friends (the Burgesses), notwithstanding the fact that there was no contract and Mrs Lejonvarn was not paid for her services. That decision was subsequently upheld […]
The European Commission has launched an initial probe into Amazon over how it uses third party sellers’ data. In the past weeks this has been closely followed by an antitrust probe from the German Federal Cartel Office. One of the reasons Amazon is unique as a retailer is that it operates as both a merchant, […]
On Thursday 6 December 2018 a policy paper was released by the Home Office providing further information regarding citizens’ rights post-Brexit, with specific detail given regarding the position in the event of a no-deal scenario. In the event of a deal scenario, under the terms of the draft Withdrawal Agreement, free movement effectively continues until […]
The national law, which governs a commercial contract and will be applied in the event that parties end up in a dispute over their obligations, is currently determined under the rules of the Regulation (EC) No 593/2008. Known as the Rome I Regulation, its rules stipulate that the courts of all EU member states will […]
In a shocking move the Home Office have announced, without prior consultation or notice, that the Tier 1 (Investor) visa route will be suspended from midnight tonight until further notice, providing less than 24 hours’ notice of their plans. There was initial confusion as to whether the suspension took effect from tonight or Friday night, […]
The American philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once said “Once you make a decision the universe conspires to make it happen”. Since he died in 1882 he can be forgiven for not knowing anything about the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, but in any event the Supreme Court has concluded in S Frances Limited v The […]
General position In amongst all the uncertainties of Brexit, the good (or bad, depending on your outlook) news is that GDPR will definitely still apply in UK, as part of our domestic law, for the foreseeable future, whatever happens. So Brexit should make very little difference to the way that your business handles data protection […]
While debate continues in Parliament as to deal with the current blockage around the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement, back in the “real” world, businesses need to plan for the various outcomes currently being left in the hands of the politicians.
In a further blow to Claimants responding to demands for security for costs, the High Court has ruled that where security for costs is to be provided by way of a Deed of Indemnity rather than a payment into court, the Court can in its discretion require that the indemnity should cover all the Defendant’s […]
In Tuesday’s post (‘Brexit – A Legal Quagmire’), we noted that the Government had been held to be in contempt of Parliament in consequence of its refusal to publish the Brexit legal advice furnished by the Attorney General. As a result, the Department for Exiting the European Union published that advice at midday on Wednesday […]
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 […]
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