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Business Law International (BLI) – September 2023

Released on Sep 25, 2023

Case Comment: The Latest on Covid-19 Non-damage Business Interruption Claims in the UK: Stonegate v MS Amlin, Greggs Plc v Zurich and Various Eateries v Allianz

The government-imposed lockdowns and restrictions necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, together with the changes in consumer behaviour that the virus triggered, had a radical impact on the turnover of many businesses. Those businesses often looked to their business interruption insurance to recoup their losses. In relation to such insurance claims, the United Kingdom regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), in cooperation with leading insurers, launched a test case with a view to resolving some of the fundamental coverage issues arising on a selection of common market wordings. The decision in the FCA test case of course left several issues unanswered, particularly in relation to the assessment of quantum. Three recent cases have attempted to address these issues. They were brought by Stonegate (a pub chain), Greggs (a bakery chain) and Various Eateries (a group of restaurants).

Released on May 25, 2023

How is the World Shaping the Financial Innovation Industry?

In recent years, financial technology (Fintech) has expanded worldwide, forcing traditional institutions to adapt to this innovative means of doing financial business. Around the globe, the legal response to this new trend has been diverse, although we can still trace certain similarities. In this context, the Banking Law Committee of the International Bar Association has conducted an investigation project to observe the regulatory and legal responses to Fintech and their impact. For this purpose, we have worked with different law firms from 39 countries. This article summarises the findings of this project.

Released on May 25, 2023

The Pandemic’s Impact on Legal Work: A Comparative Analysis of Legal Frameworks, Practical Impacts and Innovation

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on our economy and social structures, it comes as no surprise that the way people work – and the digital tools used – differ substantially from our experience of pre-pandemic work. Across the globe, organisations are extending a suite of remote work options, including full-time remote work, hybrid remote work and flexible personalised plans. The legal profession is no exception to this trend, and in facilitating the shift, a variety of digital tools and services have been implemented to optimise the experience of remote legal work. These tools and services include virtual meeting platforms, digital hearing and filing platforms for courts, e-signatures, digital document review and e-discovery. The international uptake of digital tools and services in legal work signals a shift towards a new ‘normal’ in the profession. While being a lawyer was once synonymous with paper stacks and extensive physical libraries, digital tools and services have made the same world available through one’s laptop. The sustainability of the shift and our new ‘normal’ is also due in part to legislative reforms during the height of the pandemic that enabled an increased use of digital tools and services, and which in some cases continue to be in effect today. This article will examine how several jurisdictions, namely Australia, Belgium, India, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom, adapted their legislative frameworks to facilitate remote work, the impact of remote work on the legal profession, the various innovations adopted in the context of the pandemic and whether such innovations and associated changes were maintained after the lifting of associated restrictions.

Released on May 25, 2023

Blockchain and Private International Law: Implications for Crypto, Payment Systems, Digital Wallets and Jurisdictional Concerns

In recent years, the financial growth of the digital economy and the influence of its associated assets and organisations has led to a concern over the legal mechanisms governing market interactions on blockchain systems. More critically, the question of ‘which law, which court’ is one that the Law Commission of England and Wales has posed in relation to considering the dilemma of which laws will govern a tech-related dispute. This conflict of laws issue is exacerbated in the world of decentralised finance, given the inherently borderless nature of blockchain transactions, which can lack the necessary legal safeguards. The article frames this issue in the context of payment systems, decentralised autonomous organisations and digital wallets. The potential displacement of central counterparties that decentralised finance proposes, alongside a wealth of efficiency and security benefits, must be assessed against the backdrop of cryptocurrency related fraud, cybersecurity concerns and the revolutionary nature of contracting between parties on decentralised platforms. The article aims to show that the aggregate gain of this financial revolution must be approached with legal caution, given that principles of private international law, company law and contract law may not adequately remedy (in one form or another) the range of legal concerns regarding the resolution of blockchain-related disputes. As the article will highlight and argue, the implementation of an international framework to homogenise jurisdictional variations requires rectifying a range of underlying legal ambiguities and speculations to unify a currently fragmented framework of regulation(s).

Released on May 25, 2023

Business Law International (BLI) – May 2023

Released on May 25, 2023

Business Law International (BLI) – January 2023

Released on Jan 18, 2023

Business Law International (BLI) – September 2022

Released on Sep 23, 2022

Book Review: Thriving in a Multi-Generational Law Firm

Released on Jun 1, 2022

Canadian Civil Tax Disputes: Taxpayer Opportunities to Resolve Tax Issues

Civil tax disputes are primarily all about money. Occasionally, a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms issue finds its way into the process of challenging the government’s taxpayer assessment, but it is not common. From the government’s perspective, a civil tax dispute generally involves a principled approach, applying both the language of the taxing statute and the relevant common law. More often than not, while a taxpayer seeks to comply with the law, the primary concern is how much will it cost; ‘What do I have to pay in tax, if anything?’ This dynamic sets the stage for the majority of civil tax disputes. No one needs to be told that challenging a tax dispute is an expensive, time-consuming and not entirely efficient process. In Canada, there are a few ways to resolve a tax dispute. This article provides the reader with an overview of the options to resolve Canadian tax disputes.

Released on Jun 1, 2022

Business Law International (BLI) – May 2022

Released on Jun 1, 2022