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High Court rules on key contractual issues in post office group litigation

By Gwendoline Davies, Nick McQueen On 15 March 2019, the High Court handed down its first judgment on substantive issues in the high-profile Post Office Group Litigation, as Commercial Dispute Resolution specialists Gwendoline Davies and Nick McQueen explain. The judgment, which stretches to 315 pages, is notable because it covers many different key contractual issues, […]

Unfair relationships: The latest for lenders

By Christina Gill January 2019 saw two key cases concerning ‘unfair relationships’ between lenders and borrowers. Banking & Finance Litigation specialist Christina Gill looks at Pontearso v Greenlands Trading and Pilgrim Rock v Iwaniuk  and explains the latest key takeaways for lenders. What is an ‘unfair relationship’? Section 140A of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (CCA) provides […]

The changing face of non-disclosure agreements

By Jo Tunnicliff Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst has announced that the rules surrounding non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and confidentiality clauses will become more restrictive. We look at the proposed changes and how these could impact employers. How are such agreements used at the moment? Currently, a large number of employers use NDAs and confidentiality agreements to […]

Care home providers get new guidance from the CMA on terms of service

By Nina Smith The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued guidance for care home providers to assist with compliance under both the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Consumer Rights Act 2015. The previous guidance, issued by the Office of Fair Trading back in 2003, was withdrawn at the start of […]

Gas safety certificate must be provided before start of residential tenancy

By Georgina Kenny, Lucy Shepherd A second case confirms that a landlord who fails to provide a gas safety certificate before the start of a residential tenancy cannot later terminate the tenancy by using a section 21 notice. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (the Regulations) oblige landlords to provide a copy of […]

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The rules of public international law have long placed restrictions on the measures that a state can take against the property or person of foreign nationals. One area in which the international rules are well developed is in relation to the protection of foreign investments. International agreements between states establish protections by “internationalising” the applicable […]

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San Francisco giant Brobeck Phleger & Harrison is losing one of its top Silicon Valley rainmakers to a venture capital firm. Therese Mrozek has been the firm’s relationship partner for Cisco Systems since 1995 and has worked closely with the group through a mass of mergers and acquisitions. She is leaving to join the San […]

Brief encounter: Manches, oxford

Manches’ Oxford office is thriving. Its primary service to specialist clients in the biotechnology and technology sectors seems to be paying off. But whether the firm can achieve sustained growth on the back of Oxford’s thriving property market and the buoyancy of the technology and biotechnology sectors is another matter. Through expansion, Manches believes that […]

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