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Chinese Government Confirms Foreign State Immunity Is Absolute
In the landmark case of Democratic Republic of the Congo & Ors v FG Hemisphere Associates LLC [2011] HKEC 747 the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong (the Court) for the first time in its history sought clarification of provisions of Hong Kong’s Basic Law from the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (the SCNPC) on behalf of the Chinese Government.
China
12 Sep 2011
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When Is A Worn Carpet The Same As A Thug?
Can a nightclub owe a duty of care to its guests to protect them from other potentially violent revellers? By an interesting analogy, Lady Justice Smith has said yes.
UK
13 Apr 2011
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Full Steam Ahead For The Bribery Act
Following much press speculation and debate on the issue, the Government has announced that the Bribery Act 2010 will come into force on 1 July 2011.
UK
6 Apr 2011
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Publish And Be Damned? Clift v Slough Borough Council
When is a local authority justified in publishing the name of an individual as a new addition to its Potentially Violent Persons Register? Can a public authority ever do that, or will it always be in breach of that person’s human rights?
UK
13 Feb 2011
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Better than Poirot...
A recent case examines the threshold for arrest and the requirement of objective reasonable grounds for suspicion.
UK
29 Oct 2010
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Throwing His Weight Around
A recent case examines where the responsibilities of both employer and employee fall when dealing with challenging pupils in a special school.
UK
29 Oct 2010
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A Greek Tragedy in Central London
This trial of claims for police misfeasance, which rose from a three-day trial estimate to a seven-day hearing thanks to a combination of snowbound jurors and verbose claimant witnesses, had all the hallmarks of a Greek tragedy as a tale of family discord was played out in the unprepossessing surroundings of Central London County Court.
UK
29 Oct 2010
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Contributory Negligence – An Unsung Hero?
When is and when is it not a good idea to argue contributory negligence?
UK
29 Oct 2010
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Firm Stance Saves Millions For Local Authorities
VL (a Child suing by her Litigation Friend the Official Solicitor) v Oxfordshire County Council
UK
9 Aug 2010
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Social Service Claims - A Handy Guide
You probably have all manner of discount and loyalty cards in your wallet or purse. Here is another sheet to put with them
UK
15 Sep 2009
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The Thin Blue Line
Alex Buckley, Luke Buckley and Simon Buckley v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, Court of Appeal (2009) was an appeal by the claimants from a first instance decision dismissing their claims for wrongful arrest by the defendant's officers.
UK
10 Sep 2009
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Social Service Claims After Pierce v Doncaster MBC, Court Of Appeal, December 2008
Considerable publicity has been generated by this case, including a headline piece in The Times headed "300 victims of abuse to sue councils for neglect", after this allegedly landmark ruling "established for the first time that local authorities are liable for abuse suffered by children if they fail to remove them from harm".
UK
2 Apr 2009
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BLG Local Authority Newsletter - Do We Really Love To Be Beside The Seaside?
At this time of year our thoughts turn to summer holidays. A public authority, particularly in coastal regions, might also view this time of year with some concern.
UK
10 Jul 2008
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BLG Local Authority Newsletter - A Cautionary Tale For Children
Gabbott v Bicester Town Council serves as a timely reminder that the reasonableness of any system of inspection of an area to which the public has access by the occupying local authority should be judged against the degree of risk of injury involved.
UK
10 Jul 2008
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BLG Local Authority Newsletter - What To Watch Out For On The Pavement
In Harrison v Derby City Council (2008), the Court of Appeal considered the adequacy of a system of highway inspection, and the extent to which local authorities should implement a more frequent and more vigorous system where special risks or hazards exist in an otherwise unremarkable section of the highway.
UK
10 Jul 2008
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BLG Local Authority Newsletter - Making An Offer To Settle A Multi-Defendant Action: A Word Of Warning...
A recent first instance decision illustrates the caution to be exercised when a defendant, as one of a number, makes a Part 36 offer to settle a claimant's claim.
UK
10 Jul 2008
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Commercial Dispute Resolution Briefing, December 2006
Section 45 of the Arbitration Act 1996 provides the court with a discretionary power to determine questions of law. The court can, therefore, refuse an application if it is not persuaded that it should make a determination at that stage.
UK
 
11 Jan 2007
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Backdating? Not An Option!
In this article we explain what lies behind the ongoing SEC investigations and related US litigation in respect of allegations that certain directors of well known companies wrongly backdated stock options for their own benefit. We look at the nature of the liabilities to which these allegations may give rise and consider whether and to what extent directors of English companies may face similar problems. We also look briefly at the D&O coverage implications.
UK
4 Jan 2007
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Current Trends In Construction Dispute Resolution
Arbitration, the darling of the ’90s, subsequently lost favour. Is it now making a comeback with the 100 day arbitration procedure, or the availability of experienced construction judges as arbitrators? The court back-log used to deter many, but the Civil Procedure Rules have undoubtedly streamlined the litigation process. The Technology and Construction Court has more capacity than ever.
UK
21 Nov 2006
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Property Professionals’ Liability Briefing - Duty Calls
The recent decision in The Football League Limited v edge ellison deals with the difficult question of the scope of duty, if any, which a professional owes beyond the express terms of the retainer.The court upheld the principles that there is no such thing as a general retainer and only in limited circumstances will a professional’s (here a solicitor) duties go beyond the express terms of his retainer.
UK
21 Nov 2006
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