10 of the best: commercial law blogs and news from last month

by Tom Cox on June 20, 2013

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Below are ten of the best commercial law blogs and news posts from around the web posted in the last month:-


Legal Futures editor, Neil Rose, looks at the attempt of In-Deed Online to break into the ABS market. Is this particular example a harbinger of things to come for ABSs?

Richard Higgs of Clarkslegal considers the impact of Marks & Spencer Plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Limited and another (2013). Tenants looking to exercise break clauses where that clause requires future months rent to be paid at the break date will welcome the decision.

Kergan Stewart looks at the proposals of the Scottish Law Commission (SLC) recommending the practice of signing in counterpart in Scots law.

A look at the speech made by Lord Neuberger on ‘judges and policy’. Amongst suggestions that judges have to ensure that procedures are more efficient and proportionate, the President of the UK Supreme Court highlights that the profession may well have something to learn from online dispute resolution from the likes of eBay and elsewhere.

An excellent summary of the key provisions and requirements of the recently implemented Patent Box in the UK. The Patent Box introduces a lower rate of Corporation Tax to profits earned from companies’ patented inventions and certain other innovations.

Chris Grayling, the UK Justice Minister, has criticised the proposals for the draft EU regulation on data protection. The legislation is to be implemented in the form of a regulation as opposed to a directive. Mr Grayling argues that the lack of flexibility inherent in a regulation will harm small businesses by imposing increased regulatory burdens.

Neil Killick of Young & Partners highlights five points of practical advice for businesses to consider when negotiating a contract.

It can be hard for the law to maintain pace with ever-growing technological developments. The many recent Twitter and Facebook scandals have been an opportunity to put these laws in perspective. Are the laws outdated or do they simply need a modern interpretation?

A look at the various pieces of legislation introduced to crack down on ambush marketing during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Marcia Shekerdemian of 11 Stone Buildings offers a comprehensive practical guide on directors’ duties under the Companies Act 2006.


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