Over 35 documents have been added to LexisPSL Commercial this month, including the creation of a new Health and Safety topic for commercial lawyers, which includes a practice note summarising key health and safety regulations.
We have also added a new precedent, Standard terms and conditions for supply of services (business to consumer), in response to an urgent customer request. This was delivered within 24 hours of the request coming through.
We are also working hard to improve our Current Awareness coverage and will be working in partnership with a top tier-full service commercial firm to ensure you receive unique and comprehensive updates each month.
The Commercial team have also set up a Twitter account – sign up to follow us now at @LexisPSLComm.
Corporate – new content update
So far in 2012, the LexisPSL Corporate team have added 56 precedents, practice notes and flowcharts to further enhance its bank of practical guidance and precedents for busy corporate lawyers.
Key additions so far this year include:
• A particularly exciting development this year is the addition of a new content type - Flowcharts to provide you with a simple, visual way to explain a procedure or a transaction to a client or a junior lawyer – please see snapshot below.
Equity capital markets topic - new precedents added
• New precedents have been added to the Main Market, AIM and Secondary Offers sub-topics. These documents, and their practical drafting notes, will help save time for lawyers who work with listed companies
Companies Act Toolbox – enhanced
• LexisPSL Corporate has enhanced the resources included in its Companies Act Toolbox to help lawyers piece together the various stages of implementation of the Companies Act 2006; a particularly tricky task for those who have qualified in the post-Companies Act 1985 era
• This new material will give essential guidance to lawyers who need to understand what parts of the old legislation are still relevant in practice
New quick reference links have been added to the toolbox alongside new practice notes for litigation and arbitration. Developments are also underway for new topics within arbitration.
New quick references added to the Toolbox include:
• CPR changes – December 2011 to April 2012
• Lord Jackson’s costs reform implementation lectures
• Pilot schemes running through the courts
• Minutes of the CPR Committee meetings since December 2010
• Arbitration - useful links
• Litigation: Part 36 and offers to settle
We have updated all 9 practice notes for Part 36 so that each practice note deals with a different issue relevant to Part 36 offers, such as, 'Is this a valid Part 36 offer? The Part 36 overview provides a brief review of the issues covered with links through to the corresponding practice notes.
• Litigation: Witness evidence
We have also updated 15 practice notes on Witness Evidence so that each practice note deals with a separate aspect of witness evidence, such as, 'Witness evidence-Code of conduct requirements'. The Witness Evidence overview provides a brief review of the issues covered with links through to the corresponding practice notes.
• Arbitration – new topics on starting arbitration and awards
New topics on arbitration have been added on starting an arbitration under both the ICC and LCIA rules and new practice notes on ICC and LCIA awards and settlement in arbitration.
We are also developing two new topics - Jurisdiction and Evidence. This will consist of more content on the Arbitration Act 1996 and specific practice notes on leading institutional rules to assist lawyers in accessing straight-forward practical guidance on key issues in arbitration.
In response to the increasing number of family cases that involve international aspects, LexisPSL Family have launched a new International topic. The new topic covers EU and non-EU countries and provides guidance on:
• jurisdiction including domicile and habitual residence, recognition of overseas marriage and staying proceedings
• international children law including abduction and leave to remove
• international enforcement in EU and non-EU countries
We’ve added a new topic this month called Data and Information Management. This includes guidance and templates on:
• internet and electronic communications
• data protection
• social media
• monitoring how your staff use these resources
It’s critical that firms get it right when it comes to managing data, internet usage, social media activities and electronic communications. Failure to do so can attract fines up to £500,000 as well as disciplinary action and reputational damage. Inappropriate monitoring of your staff can constitute an imprisonable criminal offence.
We’ve also added a new resource in our COLP toolkit: Training Aids. Here, you will find a ready-made powerpoint presentation (with full script) that will allow you to train staff on key compliance issues. This means your firm can avoid the cost of paying an external consultant to deliver training or investing precious time devising their own training module. We’ll be adding further training modules over the coming months.