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Res Cogitans - A Class of Its Own - Bunker Supply Contracts, Retention of Title Clauses, The Sale Of Goods Act 1979 and One Highly Publicised Insolvency Combine to Give Vessel Owners a Global Headache
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 12 2016

The Supreme Court’s ruling in this already notorious case may have a significant impact on the bunker supply industry and be somewhat unsettling for


Contractual amendments - “only in writing and signed by the parties”
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 10 2016

We often see contracts containing wording along the lines of: "This Agreement may not be amended, except by the mutual written agreement of the


Long-term supply (and off-take) agreements: some recent themes
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • April 29 2016

The long-term supply (or off-take) agreement (“LTSA”) should not have too many ‘open ended’ provisions that require further agreements between the


Shipbuilding Contracts - Limitation Periods and Sale of Goods Act
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • April 26 2016

In Neon Shipping Inc. v. Foreign Economic 7 Technical Corporation Co. of China and another 2016 EWHC 399 (Comm) the Commercial Court dealt with an


Ralls Builders Limited - clarification on directors' liability for wrongful trading
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • March 2 2016

In February 2016, Mr Justice Snowden handed down his judgment in the High Court proceedings concerning Ralls Builders Limited (in liquidation) 2016


A Guide to Endeavours Clauses
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 15 2016

A frequent negotiating point in commercial contracts is the weight of an obligation. Lawyers often try to minimise the rigor of the


Avoiding Unenforceable Penalty Clauses
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 14 2016

The Supreme Court in 2015 reviewed and redefined the rules governing unlawful penalty clauses. The new test considers whether there is a legitimate


Directors must exercise their powers only for a proper purpose
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 18 2015

A new judgment was released by the Supreme Court on 2 December 2015, which emphasises the importance of directors acting with 'proper purpose'. The


UK bribery: for cooperating companies, virtue has at least some rewards
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 2 2015

On Monday 30 November, an English court approved a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) between the Serious Fraud Office and Standard Bank, in


Entire agreement clauses - do they work or not?
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 2 2015

This client alert is intended to provide a summary which considers the effectiveness and limitations of entire agreement clauses. It also includes