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Small business? Material changes to UK company law ahead

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 materially reforms UK company law. This briefing summarises the key changes, all of which are expected to be implemented by October 2016 and looks at what, if anything, companies should be doing now to prepare for them.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 29 September 2015 | Practice Area: Company Administration

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How far does good faith take you?

A ruling in a recent High Court case between Portsmouth City Council and Ensign Highways regarding good faith obligations in contracts is the latest decision in a growing line of cases concerning good faith obligations which can be an unfortunate area of exposure for contractual parties

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 23 September 2015 | Practice Area: Local Authorities

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Disciplinaries: how far can HR influence the process?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has issued a stark warning to HR teams not to interfere with a decision-maker's independence when it comes to deciding degrees of guilt. The case shows the risks of producing early drafts of an outcome letter without the protection of legal professional privilege.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 17 September 2015 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

The Modern Slavery Act: what companies need to do to comply

From October this year, the UK's Modern Slavery Act 2015 will require large businesses to disclose each year what, if any, steps they have taken to ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking in their business or supply chains. This Macfarlanes briefing looks at what businesses need to do now.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 11 September 2015 | Practice Area: Corporate Governance

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Significant new announcements on South Africa's energy programmes

The South African Minister of Energy has issued new ministerial determinations for additional capacity allocation for the country’s renewable energy, gas and cogeneration procurement programmes. This Macfarlanes briefing sets out an overview of the new allocations.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 08 September 2015 | Practice Area: Energy

The new consumer rights regime: a look at the key changes

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 week's briefing focuses on the changes set to be brought in by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 as of this October.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 04 September 2015 | Practice Area: Consumer Protection

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The Da Vinci Case: first High Court case imposing a penalty for market abuse

This Macfarlanes briefing focuses on the recent High Court decision in The Financial Conduct Authority v Da Vinci Invest - the first case in which, in addition to seeking an injunction, the FCA invited a court to impose a penalty for market abuse.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 26 August 2015 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Contractual interpretation, good faith and damages for misrepresentation: M&A update

This briefing discusses two cases concerning contractual interpretation; one which serves as a salient example of the value of clear drafting in a sale and purchase agreement, and another tackling the question of whether there is a duty on contracting parties to act in good faith with each other.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 20 August 2015 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

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All may be fair in love and war... but not in financial contracts with consumers

The Consumer Rights Act, which comes into force in October, extends the scope of protection consumers are afforded from unfair terms in a number of important ways. For example, for the first time the fairness test applies not just to standard terms but also negotiated terms, as Macfarlanes explains.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 17 August 2015 | Practice Area: Consumer Protection

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Don’t over-budget for litigation costs: courts continue robust approach to costs management

The Technology and Construction Court recently made a costs management decision that demonstrates the extent to which the courts are now willing to manage the costs of litigation so that they are proportionate. This briefing looks at GSK Project Management (in liquidation) v QPR Holdings.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 05 August 2015 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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