Blackstone Chambers has decided to cease hard copy publication of Newsletters and develop a broader range of electronic communications media. However, links to past editions can be found below.
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01 Apr 12
The lead article explains the EAT's recent decision on the proper conduct of proceedings to determine challenges to asserted privilege. With reference to another recent decision, the employment status of fixed share partners is analysed. The Supreme Court's attempt to define the boundaries of recoverablility in actions for breach of contractual disciplinary procedures, where a dismissal has occcurred, is reviewed. This newsletter concludes with a summary of the case involving union members' right to hold Unison to account.
05 Sep 11
The wider implications of the recent PPI judicial review, (BBA v FSA), are examined in the lead article. Equally topical is the article on Market Abuse which looks at the High Court's first encounters with anti-market abuse injunctions. The final article hightlights some of the most notable changes to the financial services regulatory regime envisaged by the Financial Services Bill.
01 Aug 11
This issue starts with a look at the high profile topic of privacy law and then goes on to examine the equally topical issue of whether convicted prisoners should have the right to vote. The last article covers the new tribunal system and the reach of judicial review.
12 Jul 11
The lead article in this edition looks at the situation whereby part-time employees must be paid overtime up to the equivalent of full-timers. It is followed by a review of undertakings and third parties and the final article examines recent developments in domestic and Strasbourg jurispurdence on industrial action.
15 Apr 11
This edition starts with an article on territorial jurisdiction and then looks at team moves and the duty of trust and confidence. To coincide with the launch of the second edition of Employee Competition: Covenents, Confidentiality, and Garden Leave, the editor outlines the main developments in this area of law.
18 Mar 11
This edition of Public Law Focus contains articles on MP's expenses and parliamentary privilege, gay asylum seekers and the Refugee Convention, and free speech and undirected abuse.
01 Dec 10
In this edition Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC takes a look at the new Equality Act. In addition there is an article which considers the effect of the Remuneration Code coming into effect in January 2011. The third article examines the current law on age discrimination.
21 Oct 10
The lead article, 'Breaking up is hard to do', looks at the future of financial services regulation in the UK. The second article analyses the recent trends in FSA penalties. This is followed by a short piece commenting on a recent decision of the Takeover Appeal Board. A selection of notable recent cases, and a review of the FSA's consultation paper on revisions to its Remuneration Code round off this newsletter.
11 Oct 10
In this issue there are articles on time limits in public procurement cases, candour and disclosure in JR and statutory licences are 'public law instruments'.
30 Jun 10
This issue examines identifying people who leak confidential information and how far an employer can go in monitoring his workforce. The final article looks at some of the case law in pleading breach of confidence cases.
13 Apr 10
In this issue, there is an examination of the extent to which Government can bypass Parliament and introduce anti-terrorism measures involving interferences with human rights. Another article covers the international dimension of judicial reveiw and the third article assesses freedom of information developments.
01 Apr 10
In this issue, Michael Beloff QC reviews the Court of Arbitration for Sport's progress in its 25 year existence. Tom de la Mare comments on the prospect of broadcasting rights diputes, and Tom Hickman covers stays of execution from sporting sanctions.
15 Feb 10
This inaugural Media & Entertainment Law Focus has a selection of case notes highlighting the diversity of media and entertainment matters covered by Blackstone Chambers. The issue starts with an article looking at the reform of the Copyright Tribunal and there is also an article looking at the issues that arise when a band splits up.
01 Dec 09
This Public Law Focus newsletter has an article which looks at the impact of the House of Lords' decision in Secretary of State for the Home Department v AF  UKHL 28. Another article covers charitable interventions and international developments and there is an analysis of the recent decision on the anonymity of the Metropolitan Police blogger.
01 Nov 09
This issue leads with an article that examines the scope of the duty of care required by a lawyer. It also addresses recent issues about how to evaluate what the correct information or advice should have been in assessing causation and quantification in professional negligence claims and examines a recent case on the question of when damage is suffered for the purposes of the Limitation Act.
10 Oct 09
This Focus contains an article on the Employment Appeal Tribunal again addressing the issue of when is a belief 'philosophical'. The topical Seldon and Age Concern decisions about age discrimination are reviewed.
01 May 09
This newsletter contains articles on two recent cases on the EU Asylum Directives, an article looking at the tension between human rights and national security, and an article considering whether the Court of Appeal decision in R v Asfaw (UNHCR intervening) is a curate's egg.
30 Apr 09
This issue contains articles on justifying direct age discrimination, exercising share options whilst in material breach of contract and protection for post-employment whistleblowing.
01 Feb 09
This issue of Public Law Focus contains articles on whether public bodies should be obliged to give reasons for their decisions, Convention obligations in 'foreign cases', and an article on how event the most technical EC regulatory disputes rely upon and develop the core doctrines of English administrative law.
01 Dec 08
This issue of Employment Law Focus contains articles on an employee who wanted to bring a sex discrimination claim in relation to time spent working for a company in Paris, as well as for her time spent working in London. There are also articles on the first, faltering steps taken by the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, and on some issues of interest to employment lawyers during the credit crunch.
01 Sep 08
This issue of Public Law Focus contains articles on the duty to investigate the legality of war, the legal fallout from the recent House of Lords' ruling in Corner House, and a recent decision related to procedural fairness and drug approvals.
01 Jul 08
This issue of Employment Law Focus contains articles on a recent EAT decision that has highlighted a flaw in the Race Relations Act 1976, a case where both parties' actions would have amounted to a breach of trust and confidence permitting the other to terminate the employment contract summarily, and a look at how English Courts should deal with enforcing restrictive covenants in contracts governed by non-English law.
01 Jun 08
In this issue of Sports Law Focus James Segan and Tom Hickman look at how the principle of proportionality of penalties works in a sporting context, Michael Beloff QC considers the far-reaching effects of Meca-Medina on European sports rules, and we provide a round up of some of the interesting sports law cases members of Blackstone Chambers have appeared in during the last year.
01 Mar 08
This issue of Public Law Focus considers transparency in public procurement following the Court of Appeal's ruling that the Unified Contract for Civil Legal Aid breaches EU public procurement law, investigates the impact of delays in the consideration of judicial review claims under CPR Part 54, and looks at the conclusions of the House of Lords, which has considered whether the UK Government or the UN is responsible for the actions of British troops in Iraq.
01 Nov 07
In this issue David Pannick QC offers a personal view of the administration of justice in Hong Kong ten years after handover, Naina Patel and Iain Steele look at human rights and care homes and the exercise – or not – of 'functions of a public nature' by private bodies, and Shaheed Fatima considers the case of R (Al-Skeini) v SSD and the extra-territorial application of human rights.