Insight Articles

An archive of our latest insight articles, written by our Partners, Associates and Lawyers.
Is a duty of care owed by parties where there is no direct contractual relationship?

Is a duty of care owed by parties where there is no direct contractual relationship?

15 April 2021

In the case of Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd v Bathgate Realisations Civil Engineering Ltd and others, the Technology and Construction Court in England had to consider whether an independent professional...

Author: John Dugdale
Practice Area: Construction Law

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A new consideration in the construction of contractual clauses

A new consideration in the construction of contractual clauses

15 April 2021

The lack of professional drafting advice has forced the courts to make sense of a contract to avoid “commercial nonsense”. In the recent case of DRSP Holdings Ltd and another...

Author: Declan Magee
Practice Area: Commercial Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Should you now have an EEA Representative?

Should you now have an EEA Representative?

14 April 2021

An overlooked obligation In the run up to the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021 much of the focus from a data protection perspective was...

Author: Laura Cunningham
Practice Area: Commercial Law, General Data Protection Regulations
Sector: Brexit

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Restraint of trade in commercial contracts

Restraint of trade in commercial contracts

01 April 2021

The Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Quantum Actuarial LLP v Quantum Advisory Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 227 considered the application of the legal doctrine of restraint of trade in...

Author: Anna Wroe
Practice Area: Corporate - M&A

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The perils of virtual court hearings

The perils of virtual court hearings

25 March 2021

A hundred years ago, it was commonplace for photographs to be taken in the court room and published in the press. However, in the UK it became highly controversial and...

Author: Olivia O'Kane
Practice Area: Media and Defamation

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The complex legal analysis of balancing open justice and lifetime anonymity

The complex legal analysis of balancing open justice and lifetime anonymity

25 March 2021

In the recent case D & F v Persons Unknown [2021], Mrs Justice Tipples granted an order permanently preventing the identification of two young women convicted of murdering a woman...

Author: Olivia O'Kane
Practice Area: Media and Defamation

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The Modern Slavery Statement Registry

The Modern Slavery Statement Registry

22 March 2021

Following the government’s recent commitment to strengthen the reporting requirements under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “2015 Act”), the Home Office has this month launched an...

Author: Richard Gray
Practice Area: Corporate - M&A

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Electronic Communications Code: Lease or Licence?

Electronic Communications Code: Lease or Licence?

18 March 2021

The Court of Appeal in England, in Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited v Ashloch has recently decided, that:“Tenant” telecommunications operators cannot seek to obtain a new code agreement under Part 5...

Author: Niall Hargan
Practice Area: Real Estate

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Compulsory Motor Insurance in UK Post Brexit

Compulsory Motor Insurance in UK Post Brexit

11 March 2021

On 21st February this year, UK Transport Secretary Grant Schapps announced plans to stop following the 2014 Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) decision in the case of...

Author: Niall Skelton
Practice Area: Defence Insurance Litigation
Sector: Brexit

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Proposed Changes to the Northern Ireland Personal Injury Discount Rate

Proposed Changes to the Northern Ireland Personal Injury Discount Rate

11 March 2021

Background On the 27th February 2020, the Northern Ireland Department of Justice (“DOJ”) notified stakeholders of their intention to commence a statutory consultation around the proposal for...

Author: Cathal O'Neill
Practice Area: Defence Insurance Litigation

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