Translations, the Queen and 21 salad bowls

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 in Bugg’s Boilerplate, General, Lawspeak

I was horrified to hear of a potential diplomatic debacle this morning when for her state visit to the Federal Republic of Germany the Queen was presented with twenty-one salad bowls upon arrival at the airport. Of course, my jaw dropped and the marmalade fell off my breakfast toast when I read the news. I adjusted the iPad screen between my buttered fingers and read the headline again. Why salad bowls? A German tradition perhaps or, a protest...

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Upcoming Nuernberg Seminars

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Bugg’s Boilerplate, General, Seminars

Before everybody disappears for summer, here is a list of the remaining Nuernberg Seminars planned for 2015 with places still available. The moderator for all these seminar is Stuart Bugg 1. German Contracts in English Hotel Victoria Nürnberg17-18 Juli 2015 2. Introduction to Common Law and Legal English Hotel Victoria Nürnberg11-12 September 2015 3. Masterclass: Contract Law Update 2015 Hotel Victoria Nürnberg4-5 Dezember 2015   Further...

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What is a nuisance ?

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Background, General, Lawspeak

In everyday English a “nuisance” is something annoying, inconvenient or an aggravation. As the Oxford dictionary defines it: “A person or thing causing inconvenience or annoyance: it’s a nuisance having all those people clomping through the house. I hope you’re not going to make a nuisance of yourself” But if you read a bit further in the same dictionary, the word has a further, far more legal meaning: “An act...

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Sound of silence

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 in Background, Bugg’s Boilerplate, General, Lawspeak, Seminars

I am trying to avoid liability issues this week with a few peaceful days in the Alps. But even after escaping the office, it is hard to switch off. On the way over the mountain pass to our Austrian chalet I was thinking of the various claims (or potential claims) arising from a mountain slide a few months ago that had blocked the original road and cut the village off from the outside world (force majeure or latent defect in road/tunnel design,...

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