Commercial Awareness Memo

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The Memo - Chambers Student's Blog

Like much of what we do at Chambers Student, our Commercial Awareness Memo is designed to give law students a better understanding of the legal market. Through comprehensive analysis and commentary on current events, we help students make sense of what's going on behind the headlines, by taking a closer look the role lawyers (and the law) play in these kinds of stories. 

How to get the most out of the Memo:

Below, the Chambers Student team pick out the cases that have sparked our interest, from the UK government's controversial Rwanda plan, to doping in sport and Wagatha Christie, and take a look through a commercial and legal lens - a crucial skill for those navigating the path from law student to lawyer.

In this easy to digest format, we present all the information law students should be aware of, from how these stories connect to the legal space, to the effect they have on it. By offering commercial awareness in real time, our articles will ultimately help you understand how the legal market works, and where you might fit in.


New this week:

10th June - McDonald's loses EU trademark for chicken Big Macs

10th June - Unfinished business and lost laws: What happens before a general election?

10th June - Manchester City directs legal assault on Premier League


June's top stories:

3rd -  Daily Telegraph up for sale after UK law prohibits foreign state ownership of newspapers

3rd - Influencer Grace Beverley breaks UK advertising rules

3rd - WikiLeaks founder wins the right to appeal extradition to the US

3rd - ChatGPT accused of imitating Scarlett Johansson's voice for its chatbot

3rd - The UK's new proposal for cycling safety laws

3rd - FBI enters search for missing British Museum artefacts

May's top stories:

20th - The Fortnite Fortune: How the game got in trouble for its 'misleading' marketing practices

20th - Netflix's Baby Reindeer and the case for defamation

20th - Barrister who dozed off during inquest cleared of professional misconduct

20th - France bans TikTok in New Caledonia in response to riots

13th - The Enhanced Games: the drug-fuelled 'Olympics' causing a sporting and scientific storm

13th - Black cab drivers launch legal action against Uber

13th - Hugh Grant settles phone hacking claim against The Sun

6th - Two men face criminal charges over felling of Sycamore Gap tree

6th - Harvey Weinstein rape conviction overturned by New York court

April's top stories:

29th - Is the new Tobacco and Vapes Bill a genius plan or will it all go up in smoke?

29th - Sexually explicit deepfakes to become a criminal offence in the UK

29th - Couple mistakenly divorced after lawyers click wrong button

22nd - How did AI contribute to the viral Willy Wonka experience?

22nd - Boeing in legal trouble over safety concerns

22nd - The latest from Rust: Armourer sentenced to 18 months for involuntary manslaughter

15th - Swiss women achieve landmark win in human rights climate dispute

15th - Assisted dying in the UK: Scotland to lead the way?

15th - Hate Crime and Public Order Act introduced in Scotland

2nd - First person convicted of cyberflashing in England

2nd - Contentious security law passes in Hong Kong

March's top stories:

18th - Update: Post Office Horizon bill introduced by ministers

18th - Nationwide and Virgin Money: the biggest UK banking deal since 2008?

18th - Spain passes amnesty law for Catalan separatists

12th - Apple fined £1.5 billion by EU for breaking competition law

12th - Roman Polanski defamation trial kicks off in Paris

4th - Personal injury claim thrown out after Irish woman pictured throwing Christmas Tree

February's top stories:

19th - Unravelling Bitcoin’s identity: The Strange Case of Dr. Wright and Mr. Nakamoto

19th - Thailand plans to overturn progressive cannabis laws

12th - HMRC fails to prosecute any company over tax evasion in six years

5th - Brexit and the UK’s environmental standards

5th - Pregnant woman’s firearms sentence quashed in ‘landmark’ UK ruling

5th - Germany eases citizenship requirements for foreign nationals

January's top stories:

29th - Three Provisional IRA victims in England can sue Gerry Adams in personal capacity, judge rules

22nd - The latest from the Post Office Inquiry

22nd - Judicial review hearing granted over XL bully ban

22nd - Taiwan to join the International Criminal Court?

22nd - Shipping and global trade disrupted amidst Houthi Red Sea attacks

15th - The fight for Nature’s Rights: Should legal rights be given to animals, species and places?

15th - Critics say sexual harassment protections in the UK TV & Film industry in need of reform

15th - US proposes law to regulate AI copying voice and likeness

December's top stories:

19th - Wilko collapse: What happens when a company goes under?

19th - Generative AI & the legal industry

11th - Celebrating Sandra Day O’Connor: The US Supreme Court’s first serving woman

11th - What happened with David Walliams and why you need to know about it: torts, data, and GDPR

11th - King Charles’ Estate raking in bona vacantia

4th - Allen & Overy held to ransom: Law firms & cyber security threats

4th - Understanding the controversy behind the Parthenon marbles

4th - Axiom Ince trainees left in the dark over firm’s collapse

4th - Everton’s point deduction and its impact on English football

November's top stories:

27th - Kelly Fisher, Dodi Fayed and a breach of contract law in the wake of The Crown

27th - The Trump Trial: the story so far

27th - Climate protesters cleared of causing damage to HSBC London HQ

20th - Government’s Rwanda plans unlawful, says Supreme Court

20th - McDonald’s and Amazon linked to trafficking of workers in Saudi Arabia

20th - Isle of Man: The Assisted Dying Bill 2023

20th - Greenpeace to potentially Shell out millions in damages following climate protests

6th - Worker Protection Act 2023 – Workers to get more protection from sexual harassment

6th - Afghans awaiting UK visas in Pakistan threatened with expulsion

October's top stories:

30th - Fake news and misinformation surrounding the situation in Gaza

30th - SAG-AFTRA announce restrictions on Halloween costumes for members

23rd - Free speech and universities: Greater protections on the way for students and lecturers

23rd - Invasive species: First traps set for Chinese mitten crabs in the UK

23rd - Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition authorised by the CMA

16th - Asylum seekers and the lawyers who defend them

16th - New release ‘May December’ harks back to a bygone era in child protection law

16th - Gambling reform in the UK: where do things stand?

September's top stories:

18th - The Dangerous Dogs Act: A bark more effective than its bite?

18th - Scottish government calls for decriminalisation of drugs

18th - Plans to make it compulsory for offenders to attend their sentencing hearings

18th - Glyn Razzell: When are murderers refused parole?

4th - Burger King to face legal action over the size of its Whopper

August's top stories:

28th - Trans participation in sport: British Cycling the latest to ban transgender women from female events

28th - House of the Dragon: Why the Hollywood Strikes haven’t shut down production on the HBO hit

28th - Legal Aid Funding: What is the Future of Prison Law?

28th - Children’s safety concern over family courts failings

14th - Longer read: SAG-AFTRA and WGA Strike

14th - Deductions to miscarriage of justice compensation to be scrapped

14th - Drivers make common law claim to avoid speeding penalties

7th - Business & Trade Committee takes aim at McDonalds

7th - Elon Musk’s X Corp sues British anti-hate non-profit

July's top stories:

31st - Lion on the loose in Berlin

31st - Twitter rebranding

31st - Protecting children from abuse in the AI era

17th - Why didn’t the mainstream media name Huw Edwards as the presenter at the centre of the BBC scandal?

17th - Aretha Franklin will dispute rumbles on 

17th - Government weighs in on debate as it rejects tighter gun controls following Plymouth mass shooting

10th - Rwanda to receive Britain’s asylum seekers despite appeal courts ruling it unlawful

3rd - Controversial jail sentence for UK Woman who took abortion pills too late

June's top stories:

19th - The strange world of football’s managerial dismissals

19th - Just Stop Oil protests continue

19th - Crew members injured in explosion on Gladiator 2 film set

5th - Allen & Overy set to join forces with Shearman & Sterling

5th - Immigration and human rights: the Home Office’s latest controversial deportation


From the Archive:

18th April - Longer read: The Bar Council of India widens foreign access to India’s legal market

18th April - The Barclays Premier League and tax

27th March - Longer read: Gary Lineker vs the BBC: What can go into an employment contract?

27th March - The middle finger and the law

6th March - What legal hurdles face publishers looking to edit old books?

13th February - Student group claim against UK universities

16th January - Lifting the lid on doping and performance-enhancing drug use in sport

20th December - An inside look at what FTX’s collapse means for crypto law

21st October - Keep it on the QC?