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EU sanctions against Russia extended until 31 January 2016

The EU Council has taken a decision to extend the validity of the so-called 'sectoral' or 'phase three' sanctions, imposed by the EU against Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis, until 31 January 2016. The sanctions target Russia's financial, oil and defence industries, as DLA explains.

Law Firm: DLA Piper | Published: 03 July 2015 | Practice Area: Cross-border: Commercial and International Trade

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015: new details emerge

This weekly briefing from Macfarlanes is a short update on key developments of relevance to M&A lawyers, acting as a signpost towards matters of interest. This briefing focuses on a government consultation paper which reveals new details about the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 03 July 2015 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

Managing a clash of personalities... is dismissal an option?

A collision of personalities at work can lead to disruption, reduced productivity and much stress and anxiety, and such cases may cause an employer to consider the dismissal of one, both or all parties involved. But how can an employer do so, and do so fairly? Shoosmiths looks at the key issues.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 02 July 2015 | Practice Area: Termination of Contract

The Modern Slavery Act: why businesses must prepare for greater supply chain transparency

Earlier this year the UK passed the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Given its title, you may think that the Act has little relevance to your business. However, the Act introduces new and far reaching reporting obligations on the presence of slavery and human trafficking in your global supply chains.

Law Firm: Allen & Overy | Published: 02 July 2015 | Practice Area: Company Administration

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Continuation of a company into the British Virgin Islands - the key points to consider

The BVI Business Companies Act 2004 permits a company incorporated in a foreign jurisdiction to continue as a company in the British Virgin Islands provided the Registrar of Corporate Affairs is satisfied that certain criteria have been met. This briefing sets out the key points to consider.

Law Firm: Carey Olsen | Published: 01 July 2015 | Practice Area: Company Administration

How to minimise your exposure to disputes and claims

When you are under pressure, everyday tasks can sometimes get ignored. In this briefing, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co sets out some practical tips and straightforward steps you can take to help minimise your exposure to time-consuming and costly disputes or claims.

Law Firm: Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co | Published: 01 July 2015 | Practice Area: Litigation

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A small amendment to the Small Business Act which will have a big impact on big business

The activation of section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 means that by March next year, the Government must produce regulations including a requirement for larger employers to go public on the rates they pay female employees compared to how they pay their male staff, as Bond Dickinson reports.

Law Firm: Bond Dickinson | Published: 01 July 2015 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

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Supreme Court re-emphasises importance of 'natural meaning' in interpreting contracts

In interpreting a service charge provision in a number of long leases, the Supreme Court has concluded that arguments based on commercial common sense should not be used to undervalue the importance of the actual words used, as Herbert Smith Freehills reports.

Law Firm: Herbert Smith Freehills | Published: 01 July 2015 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Stalemate in the battle of the forms: contracting parties both fail to incorporate standard T&Cs

This briefing looks at the 'battle of the forms' in a recent High Court case which centred around the question of whether the standard terms and conditions (T&Cs) of sale of the supplier or the standard T&Cs of purchase of the buyer had been properly incorporated into two contracts.

Law Firm: Bond Dickinson | Published: 29 June 2015 | Practice Area: Boilerplate

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When do you have a binding contract? It may be more (or less) often than you think

Sometimes what appears to be an agreement is not in fact binding, for example because it is incomplete or its terms are uncertain. Conversely, a binding agreement might be reached despite appearances to the contrary. This guide covers potential problems and sets out practical steps to minimise risk.

Law Firm: Herbert Smith Freehills | Published: 25 June 2015 | Practice Area: Boilerplate

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