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A friendly obligation? The English Court upholds an agreement to negotiate

The High Court has recently upheld a (time limited) contractual provision requiring the parties to seek to resolve a dispute by "friendly discussion". If followed, the case will represent a significant change in approach by the courts, as this Macfarlanes briefing explains.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 13 November 2014 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Changes to holiday pay - what you need to know

Until recently, employers in the UK had generally been required to pay holiday pay based on basic pay only. However, that approach had been thrown into doubt by the European Court of Justice, and last week, a long-awaited Employment Appeal Tribunal decision clarified some of the important issues.

Law Firm: Bond Dickinson | Published: 12 November 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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Government rules out 'hybrid' damages-based agreements

The Ministry of Justice has asked the Civil Justice Council to review the regulations governing damages-based agreements (DBAs) to consider improvements, but has ruled out the introduction of hybrid arrangements where a lawyer could combine a DBA with another form of retainer such as hourly rates.

Law Firm: Herbert Smith Freehills | Published: 12 November 2014 | Practice Area: Practice and Procedure

A guide to investment jargon for entrepreneurs

Angel investors, venture capital funds, accountants, lawyers and fundraisers use jargon. To anyone raising funds for the first time, this can be very confusing. This Nabarro guide sets out, in plain English, what some of these terms mean.

Law Firm: Nabarro | Published: 12 November 2014 | Practice Area: Venture Capital

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Important new guidance for audit committees of quoted SMEs

This Macfarlanes briefing rounds up key recent developments for M&A lawyers, including revised guidance for audit committee chairmen of SMEs published by the Quoted Companies Alliance, a guide which reflects the increasing role of the audit committee in enhancing trust in companies.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 11 November 2014 | Practice Area: Corporate Governance

The devolution revolution: more power to Manchester?

Almost a decade to the day after the rejection by voters of a regional assembly for the North East, the announcement has been made of a historic agreement that could lead to the devolution of significant powers to the Manchester city region, as this Eversheds briefing explains.

Law Firm: Eversheds | Published: 11 November 2014 | Practice Area: Local Authorities

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Top 10 tips on taking investment into your start-up

In this briefing, Nabarro sets out ten top tips you should consider when taking investment into your start-up, covering issues such as disclaimers, intellectual property and term sheets.

Law Firm: Nabarro | Published: 10 November 2014 | Practice Area: Corporate Financing

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Holiday pay and overtime - what are the implications for pensions and benefits?

Last week's Employment Appeal Tribunal decision on holiday pay and overtime attracted much attention, but with the news now settling down, this Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co article looks at the wider implications of the ruling, focusing in particular on the knock-on effects for pensions and benefits.

Law Firm: Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co | Published: 10 November 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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The holiday pay conundrum: seven things UK employers need to know

The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal has issued its decision in Bear Scotland v Fulton and other consolidated appeals, ruling that voluntary overtime pay should be included in employee holiday pay. In this briefing, Latham sets out the implications of this ruling and what employers need to know.

Law Firm: Latham & Watkins | Published: 07 November 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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Outsourcing: ten key points to ensure you make the right choice

Choosing a company to outsource to is very different from choosing an ordinary supplier - once the decision has been made there is a lot at stake, and there will always be some who may not agree with the concept. This briefing sets out 10 key considerations for those considering outsourcing.

Law Firm: Exigent | Published: 06 November 2014 | Practice Area: Outsourcing

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