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Don’t terminate on the basis of your counterparty entering into an insolvency procedure

Commercial contracts usually have written terms that allow a party to immediately terminate the contract in the event of the counterparty becoming insolvent.  Summary of CIGA As from 26 June 2020, this contractual right has been curtailed as the UK Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the CIGA) has come into force. The CIGA inserts a new provision into the Insolvency Act 1986 which removes the effect of a term in a contract for the…
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Importance of a shareholders agreement

We all find ourselves trying to embrace this new normal during this pandemic and for some, this break has allowed your business plans to come to fruition. Due to the speed that businesses move at one of the last considerations on your list as both part of your business plan and commercial spending may be ensuring that you have a shareholders agreement in place, however this document could save you both time, money and stress…
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Confidential Information – who do you trust to keep your secret recipe?

During this unknown time of being in lockdown in the UK, you only have to go on Instagram to find that many of us are trying to recreate our favourite takeaway/restaurant recipes at home. One story that caught my eye was the individual who had been perfecting his version of the KFR secret 11 spices recipe for the past 18 months and has apparently cracked it. The exact secret recipe is so elusive that it…
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TikTok, the new Napster?

A reminder that the music industry is constantly evolving, and that you need to keep up! Remember House Party, the app which was supposed to be the ultimate lockdown app? Neither do I – It’s all about TikTok now. With its obnoxious user-made content filtering into other, more familiar social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, it has become increasingly difficult to ignore the vertically filmed choreographed dances and entertainingly pointless “challenges” the app…
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Briefing note: What can I do if Covid-19 is causing problems to my company’s commercial contracts?

As Covid-19 continues to have an impact on the global supply chain, we consider how it may affect clients’ commercial contracts and which contractual provisions they can rely on to protect themselves if performance becomes increasingly difficult or impossible. Clauses in your contract that may help Force majeure: this clause excuses one or both parties from performance of the contract in some way following the occurrence of an unexpected event outside the parties’ control. Typically…
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IP Rights and Contracts after 1 January 2021. Time to Prepare

The UK left the EU on 31st January 2020. We are now in a transition period and for most businesses things will look and be the same as they have been. But don’t relax just yet. Just when you thought it was safe to take a step back from the turmoil of the last year we are encouraging business to start planning now for the new legal landscape that will apply from 1 January 2021.…
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No contract no liability?

If someone does work for you, but you have yet to sign a written contract (or even orally agree to a contract), can you still be held liable to pay for the work? In AMP Advisory & Management Partners AG v Force India Formula One Team Limited, the High Court said yes. What happened? The facts of this case are relatively simple: Force India entered into a sponsorship agreement with an Austrian water company, which…
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Contract

No contract no liability?

If someone does work for you, but you have yet to sign a written contract (or even orally agree to a contract), can you still be held liable to pay for the work? In AMP Advisory & Management Partners AG v Force India Formula One Team Limited, the High Court said yes. What happened? The facts of this case are relatively simple: Force India entered into a sponsorship agreement with an Austrian water company, which…
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MUSIC – What is a distribution deal and do I need one?

As a musician or producer, once you have finished your latest track or EP, the next step is to push your music for release. For signed artists, this is usually taken care of by your label. For independent artists, this is something you need to arrange yourself. Nowadays, it’s all about the streams, especially in the early stages of your career. The royalties you perceive per stream are quite low, and certainly lower than traditional…
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Shhhh… don’t mention the patent

When people think of intellectual property protection often the first thing that pops into their mind is a patent (and then the question of how it’s pronounced). But patents can be hard to come by, with a very high bar for what’s considered to be an “inventive step” and often fairly substantial legal fees to get the thing drafted. However, what a lot of people fail to realise is that secrecy is the key to…
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