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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Ltd (BB) v Van Elle Ltd, the question before the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) was whether the sub-contract superseded any prior contractual relationship between the parties, or whether the sub-contract was subject to Van Elle’s standard terms and conditions.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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Structured finance could be heading for the scrapheap at elite firms There is no denying the magic circle has seen a falling off in its retention of structured finance and securitisation partners in the past year. Clifford Chance in particular has seen a string of partner exits, with Rachel Kelly kicking off the mini-trend last […]

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CMS’s long-haul US journey

‘Who motivates the motivator?’ It’s a question CMS boss Duncan Weston might be asking himself this morning. After revealing today that it has been a grim six months resulting in a lack of growth for CMS, Weston might be in need of an arm around the shoulder. CMS’s hunt for a transatlantic partner has been […]

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Norton Rose Fulbright to target Brazil and Mexico when merger goes live

Norton Rose has confirmed its intention to launch offices in Brazil and Mexico after it merges with Texan firm Fulbright & Jaworski next year. The combined firm, under the name Norton Rose Fulbright, plans to launch in Brazil in 2013 and Mexico City within five years to add to the UK business’s current Latin American […]

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Russian law firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has hired Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) English-qualified corporate and energy partner Robin Wittering to join its Moscow office. Wittering, who spent seven years as a partner at legacy firm Herbert Smith’s Moscow office, left the firm on 31 December 2011 and joined Egorov at the beginning of […]

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