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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 The previous guidance, issued by the Office of Fair Trading back in 2003, was withdrawn at the start of […]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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Barclays plans to cut law panel Barclays Bank planned to cut the number of firms it used in a review which included its core panel of firms, known as the Matrix. The 11-firm Matrix was believed to include Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Freshfields and Slaughter and May. The review was completed in July […]

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Pinewood Studios has proved to be not only a high-profile client for Travers Smith Braithwaite but a lucrative one too. The firm initially acted for a newco set up by a consortium led by Sir Michael Grade and backed by 3i, which launched a £62m MBO of Pinewood from Rank in February 2000. On this […]

A new realm

The change in market attitudes towards new economy companies has caused, or at least accelerated, a number of high-profile casualties. The old attitude allowed many companies to get off the ground even though they did not satisfy the traditional tests of long-term viability. But the combination of this and the now cautious market are a […]

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