Insights: March 2008

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Is a 'love contract' legally binding?

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I am the Managing Director of a medium sized media agency and two of my employees have become romantically involved. I am concerned that this will affect productivity. In the US it is common to put together a “love contract” code of practice. What stage are love contracts at in the UK and how realistic […]


Renovating listed buildings - up against the wall?

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What are the key considerations for anyone living in a listed building who is contemplating improvement works to outbuildings in the garden? Can the works be carried out without the need to obtain planning permission by relying on the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, and is it possible to take advantage […]


Unnatural selection

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Following the huge fines for price fixing and the ongoing private litigation brought by a UK consumers’ body, UK suppliers of replica football kits have again been in the news in relation to a competition issue. On this occasion Asda announced its intention to source and start stocking replica football shirts of English Premiership clubs. […]


Queen's English

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Don’t fret if you don’t exactly speak the Queen’s English. With more and more deals containing parties from multiple jurisdictions, large commercial law firms really value the cultural diversity and language skills foreign English qualified lawyers can bring to the table. Your chances are particularly good, if you are a native speaker or otherwise fluent […]