Commercial Law

Understanding UK Business Rates: A Guide

February 14, 2019

Business rates are charged on most commercial or non-domestic properties such as shops, offices, factories, pubs and even holiday home rentals. Just as you pay council tax on your home, businesses must also pay rates for their premises. Most businesses will be required to pay bills in ten equal payments throughout the year, just like […]

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A Note on Contract Automation and Legal Technology

January 8, 2017

Editorial Note: This article originally appeared on and is the property of  Colin S. Levy is Manager, Contract Negotiations for Pearson Education. In-House Counsel as well as lawyers in general these days appear to fall into three groups when it comes to the use of technology. Not all groups are the same size, […]

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The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 – Can corporate disclosure change the world?

September 3, 2015

This October, the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 will come into force. The act introduces a number of measures relating to slavery and human trafficking, including measures that will affect businesses. Section 54 of the act requires all commercial organisations over a certain size, to make disclosure about what they do (or don’t do) to […]

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Making ‘TUPE’ More Commercially Effective

March 19, 2014

Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) – or ‘TUPE,’ as it’s more widely known – often gets a bad reputation. Simply, TUPE protects employees of a company from redundancy when an employer is selling-up. If a company or charity is enters purchase negotiations, not only will the new owner control the services this institution provides, […]

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Using No Win No Fee For Commercial Disputes

January 25, 2014

You’ve probably heard of ‘No Win No Fee’ agreements when it comes to personal injury or medical negligence claims, but did you know that you can also make use of them for commercial disputes? Also known as Conditional Fee Arrangements (or CFAs), these types of agreements allow businesses to pursue legal action for either no […]

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Have You Got What It Takes to Work in Commercial Law?

December 29, 2013

Do you think that you’ve got what it takes to be a corporate lawyer? If you have strong writing skills and an analytical mind, you could be just what the legal firm ordered. Be sure that you’re sure prepared for work in this area; don’t go into it lightly, or you might be in for […]

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The Many Benefits of Commercial Mediation

November 12, 2013

Whether it’s in their family and personal lives or their professional time, it’s fair to say that most people have or will fall into a dispute at some point in their lives. Whilst many people, especially now, might immediately call in their legal team and allow them to deal with it, there is another way […]

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DWI in Your Company Vehicle: Is Your Insurance Liable to Cover It?

October 23, 2013

(U.S. Commercial Law and generally) When you have been involved in a company car accident and are charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), you should rightfully assume that you are going to have many expenses associated with the event. You will need to hire a DWI defense attorney, and you will have many medical and […]

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Credit Card Fraud: The Secret Killer to a Corporation

September 30, 2013

(US law/generally) Every year, credit card fraud costs businesses and banks over one billion dollars in direct losses. According to a 2010 report from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve to Congress, credit cards are used by 83 percent of small businesses. Corporate cards are common for larger businesses and usage increases as […]

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Do you own your LinkedIn contacts? Are you sure?

August 20, 2013

The following is a case comment on the recent English litigation (Whitmar Publications Limited v Gamage and Others) where an injunction was granted to restrain ex-employees from using LinkedIn contacts. When an employee leaves an organisation and moves to another firm the previous employer will be keen to protect confidential information. Trade secrets, business know-how […]

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