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Data Protection: The Big Stick in use…

In October 2009, Christopher Graham, the newly appointed Information Commissioner, addressed a data protection conference in Edinburgh and assured the audience that he was prepared to supplement the traditional "carrot" approach to data protection enforcement, by bringing the "big stick" out of the … Continue reading

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Directors’ Duties Post-Companies Act 2006: Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose?

When the provisions of sections 170 to 178 of the Companies Act 2006 were introduced and codified the law of directors' duties, they were heralded by the Government as representing a long overdue modernisation of the applicable law. In particular, … Continue reading

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Lord Hope speech on the development of contract law

Last week the Institute of Law in Jersey hosted a conference on Contract Law (the programme is here). The conference was considering contract law generally, and the possibility of codification of the area. Among the speakers was Lord Hope who … Continue reading

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Inner House decides interpretation appeal

The Inner House has decided the case of Aberdeen City Council v Stewart Milne Group Ltd in favour of the Council.  The opinion of the Court, delivered by Lord Drummond Young, can be found here:  http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/opinions/2010CSIH81.html This case involves the interpretation … Continue reading

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EU Procurement Law Conference – 8th October 2010

The Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law were delighted to host an EU Procurement Law Conference in conjunction with Burness LLP on the 8th of October 2010. The conference was extremely well attended with well in excess of 100 delegates, ranging … Continue reading

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Incorporation of terms and agency law in the sheriff court

Copland v Brogan 1916 SC 27 was the subject of a (not entirely serious) blog entry in this blog recently, see http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/ecclblog/blogentry.aspx?blogentryref=8358.  The case concerned the standard of care to be expected of a mandatory or agent holding goods under … Continue reading

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Vale Lord Bingham of Cornhill

The members of the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law were sad to learn of the very recent passing of Lord Bingham of Cornhill, KG, the former Senior Law Lord, who was also a member of the Centre.  Lord Bingham, it … Continue reading

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A common core of law within Europe on interpretation of contract?

Jaap Baaij from the University of Amsterdam visited the ECCL this week.  Jaap is, together with David Cabrelli and Laura Macgregor, an editor of an interpretation project for the Common Core of European Private Law.  More information on the Common Core project can be found … Continue reading

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New edition of Woolman on Contract

This month sees the publication of the 4th edition of Woolman on Contract by the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law's Dr Gillian Black.  The author has carried on the tradition of this work, explaining in the preface, "I have sought … Continue reading

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Mandate (or doing something for nothing…)

"Agent" is a slippery word.  Sometimes it means that a representative has been appointed to perform a legal act, and that legal consequences are intended.  At other times a less formal, more limited relationship may have been intended by the … Continue reading

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