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Terms and limitation clauses: will they be effective when you need them?

In the recent case of Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Ltd (BB) v Van Elle Ltd, the question before the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) was whether the sub-contract superseded any prior contractual relationship between the parties, or whether the sub-contract was subject to Van Elle’s standard terms and conditions.

Ireland – The pandemic has changed the world – or has it?

There is no doubt that as a consequence of the pandemic, the way we work and live has changed. Our attitudes, our priorities – they have all shifted slightly. They say the days of people working in the office are over, commentators speak of people moving west to work remotely, of hotels being repurposed, of the retail experience fundamentally changing. So yes, the world has changed, but the hard truth is that the pandemic cannot change the world retrospectively. Meaning, if you agreed to something in 2018 you cannot necessarily get out of the agreement because in 2020, the rug was pulled out from under all of us.

New private investment funds in Guernsey

In December 2020, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (Commission) published a consultation paper containing proposals to amend the rules in respect of Private Investment Fund (PIF) (the PIF Rules) to allow more investor categories to take advantage of an appropriately regulated fund structure.

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The eight biggest moves at the Bar in March

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Ince mulls “away days” as firm eases Covid-19 measures

The Ince Group has ended the salary reductions introduced at the height of the pandemic, as it starts to formulate policies around future working arrangements. In April 2020, the firm agreed salary reductions that ranged from 10 to 30 per cent for employed staff and amounted to 30 per cent for members of the plc. […]

Linklaters favours Continental Europe in bumper promotions round

Linklaters has promoted 35 lawyers to its partnership, including 13 in London. The number of elevations is its highest since 2019, when the firm made up 33 lawyers to partner in its biggest round since the recession. The magic circle firm promoted 38 lawyers in 2007. Starting from May 2021, the firm will see the […]

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