Tag Archives: UK

Redressing the Balance Between the Insurer and the Insured

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In January 2006, the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission — both statutory independent bodies created to keep the law under review and to recommend reform where it is needed — began a joint review of insurance contract law. Continue reading →

Misuse Confidential Information and Risk a Significant Payment

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A recent decision of the English High Court found Barclays Bank liable to pay damages of €10 million to CF Partners for breaching an equitable duty of confidence. The Court held that the bank had misused confidential information, supplied by … Continue reading →

More Regulations: Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Come Out…

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The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has recently published an updated version of the Combined Code on Corporate Governance in the UK. It will apply to companies with reporting periods commencing on or after 1st October 2014. Continue reading →

What Happens When Pre-Action Protocol is Not Followed

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This High Court decision from the case of Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited v Condek Holdings & Others by The Honourable Mr Justice Stuart-Smith provides a useful insight and a timely reminder into what happens when the pre-action protocol is not followed. Continue reading →

Shake-up of UK Healthcare Charges Could Catch Expats and Their Employers Unawares

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Medical tourism to the United Kingdom has been a controversial topic for many years, and according to an official report from the National Institute for Health Research, visitors and short-term migrants cost the National Health Service (NHS) £2billion a year. … Continue reading →

Corporate Manslaughter Has Not Gone Away

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A £40,000 fine might not sound much to one of the largest container shipping companies in the world, operating in 58 companies. But in this case it is perhaps the very size of the company concerned and the nature of … Continue reading →

U.K. Court Reaches Directors Overseas

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We still hear a lot about long-arm jurisdiction being exercised by the United States—and rightly so. Rumours of its demise in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment in Morrison v National Bank of Australia have been way overdone. The … Continue reading →

Can You Insure Yourself Against Your Own Illegal Conduct?

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You can’t insure yourself against your own illegal conduct, right? Well, it seems only up to a point. In a recent case a driver and passenger were both injured in a car accident in which prosecutors said the driver was … Continue reading →

UK Supreme Court Extends Pool of Whistleblowers

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The cornerstone of protection for UK employees against discrimination based on whistleblowing is Section 2 of the UK Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. Continue reading →

New Rules Affect Race, Age and Sex Discrimination Claims Against Directors

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Some important reforms to the employment tribunal system in the UK were introduced on 6th April 2014. These include a new discretionary power for employment tribunals to impose a financial penalty on an employer if they find that it has … Continue reading →