Nokia and Apple patent dispute comes before High Court in London – OUT-LAW.com

‘Finnish mobile device manufacturer Nokia was due to argue that Apple has infringed one of its technology patents before the High Court in London on Friday.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th April 2017

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Is CSR making a move from ‘soft law’ to ‘hard law’? – Six Pump Court

Posted April 6th, 2017 in company law, foreign jurisdictions, legislation, news by sally

‘In a bold and unprecedented move that is set to cause a ripple through the top ranks of the corporate world, the French Parliament has recently passed a law to shift what is broadly termed ‘corporate social responsibility’ onto a firm legislative footing. Although it has increased significantly in currency in recent years, with most major companies having some kind of initiative in place, CSR has remained resolutely a voluntary activity, a commitment for companies to sign up to and report on should they so wish; a moral endeavour rather than a legal obligation. ‘

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Six Pump Court, 3rd April 2017

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Video Link Evidence in the Commercial Court: Potential Pitfalls – Hardwicke Chambers

‘In the 21st century commercial practitioners often approach the question of whether the court will hear evidence by video link as one of practicality. Questions they will commonly ask themselves include the following: will the witness be in London during the trial timetable? Will the witness be able to find time (and obtain consent from a current employer) to fly to London? Where physically could the video evidence be given and is that a suitable location? How sure can the court be that the witness is not receiving clandestine assistance “off-camera”? How secure is the video link and what is the sound and picture quality? Indeed in preparing a case that involves a number of witnesses who live and work overseas the possibility of live video evidence may well feature in trial preparation as a necessity rather than an option.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 27th March 2017

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Parental Alienation – learning from other jurisdictions and other disciplines – Family Law Week

Posted March 20th, 2017 in contact orders, families, foreign jurisdictions, news by tracey

‘Joanna Abrahams, Head of Family Law, Setfords, considers possible ways to overcome problems of parental alienation.’

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Family Law Week, 19th March 2017

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Speech by Mr Justice Singh: Divided by a common language – American and British perspectives on constitutional law – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Divided by a common language: American and British perspectives on constitutional law.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 27th February 2017

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Where in Europe a man and woman can get a civil partnership – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in civil partnerships, foreign jurisdictions, news by sally

‘People in the UK have been wondering where in Europe opposite-sex couples can choose civil partnership over marriage after a British heterosexual couple lost their legal fight to choose civil union.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2017

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Why pass FOI laws? The politics of freedom of information – The Constitution Unit

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in foreign jurisdictions, freedom of information, legislation, news by sally

‘Why are there now more than 100 freedom of information laws around the world, even though they help opponents and hinder governments? In a new book, published this month by Manchester University Press, Ben Worthy investigates. He concludes that the main reason is that as a symbolic pledge in opposition FOI laws are hard to resist. Once in power these promises are hard to back down from, though experience suggests that proposed laws are often watered down before being enacted. These findings are summarised here.’

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The Constitution Unit, 16th February 2017

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Rise of third party funding: a growing international consensus – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in arbitration, costs, foreign jurisdictions, international law, news, third parties by sally

‘Whatever your opinion on the ethical implications of third party funding in international arbitration, the past six months have seen two firm nods in its favour. These have signaled that, as a method of financing arbitration, it is here to stay.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 25th January 2017

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Post-Brexit on the pistes: winter sports and EU law – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Accident victims may struggle to get recompense if access to joined-up European laws is lost when the UK leaves the EU.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th February 2017

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Knowing where your data is processed in the cloud not central to exercising control over it, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘It should not be obligatory for banks in the UK to pre-agree where their data will be processed and stored when contracting with cloud service providers.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th February 2017

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UK foreign aid fraud investigations ‘quadruple in last five years’ – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2017 in bribery, charities, foreign jurisdictions, fraud, news, reports by sally

‘Fraud investigations involving foreign aid have quadrupled over five years as more public money is given to “fragile” countries, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has found.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2017

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DB v PB: a reminder of potential effect of maintenance agreements – Family Law Week

‘Michael Allum, Solicitor with The International Family Law Group LLP, considers the implications of maintenance agreements in financial remedies cases.’

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Family Law Week, 3rd February 2017

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Criminals fleeing British justice can no longer use Cyprus as a safe haven, judges rule, in landmark decision – Daily Telegraph

‘Fugitives from British justice cannot use Northern Cyprus to dodge punishment for their crimes, High Court judges have ruled in a landmark decision.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd February 2017

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Online dating fraud victim numbers at record high – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in foreign jurisdictions, fraud, internet, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The number of people defrauded in the UK by online dating scams reached a record high in 2016, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2017

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Foreign Adoptions: how and in what circumstances should they be afforded recognition? – Family Law Week

Posted December 20th, 2016 in adoption, families, foreign jurisdictions, human rights, news by tracey

‘Michael Jones of Deans Court Chambers examines recent important decisions concerning the recognition of adoption orders made abroad.’

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Family Law Week, 16th December 2016

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Finance and Divorce Update November 2016 – Family Law Week

‘Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during October 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 13th November 2016

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British father spared extradition to Greek jail over minor holiday car crash 13 years ago – The Independent

‘A judge has criticised “appalling delays” by the Greek authorities while sparing a British father extradition to Greece over a minor car crash that happened 13 years ago.’

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The Independent, 1st November 2016

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QS v RS – WLR Daily

Posted October 31st, 2016 in adoption, children, citizenship, domicile, foreign jurisdictions, news by sally

QS v RS [2016] EWHC 2470 (Fam)

‘The parents who were British citizens adopted a child in Nepal in 2008. Neither parent was habitually resident or domiciled in Nepal at the time of the adoption, both being domiciled in the United Kingdom. The family moved to Dubai and the child was granted British citizenship. Soon afterwards the marriage broke down leading to a troubled period of dispute between the parents. The father remained living in Dubai and the mother in due course resided in the United Kingdom. The child, aged 12, resided with the father in Dubai. The mother applied, inter alia, for the recognition of the child’s foreign adoption order at common law and for a declaration under section 57 of the Family Law Act 1986 that she was the adopted child of the parents for the purposes of section 67 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. The issue arose whether, in the light of the common law rule that an English court was not entitled to recognise a foreign adoption order unless the adopting parents were domiciled (or habitually resident) in the relevant country at the time of the adoption, there were any circumstances in which that rule did not apply or might not be applied such that a foreign adoption would be recognised in England notwithstanding that at the time of the adoption the adopters were not domiciled in that country.’

WLR Daily, 10th October 2016

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Finance and Divorce Update October 2016 – Family Law Week

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during September 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 23rd October 2016

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In re W (Children) (Child Arrangements Orders: Non-molestation Orders) – WLR Daily

Posted September 21st, 2016 in children, custody, family courts, foreign jurisdictions, law reports, treaties by tracey

In re W (Children) (Child Arrangements Orders: Non-molestation Orders):[2016] EWHC 2226 (Fam)

‘The parties married in Russia in September 2010 and came to live in London in August 2014. In June 2016, following the breakdown of the marriage, the father issued applications in the High Court, inter alia, for orders under the court’s inherent powers to locate his step-son, A, aged ten and his son, J, aged two, a prohibited steps order preventing their removal from the jurisdiction and a request to the Russian Embassy and the British Passport Office that no further passports be issued until further order of the court. Location and passport orders were made and the children located. Meanwhile, on 19 July 2016 the mother sought and was granted an ex parte non-molestation order against the father by a district judge in the family court. The order stated that it was to endure until 19 July 2017 and that the order would be considered at a further hearing on a date to be fixed by the court officer on request by the respondent father. The father issued further applications in the family court for child arrangement orders in respect of the children.’

WLR Daily, 10th August 2016

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