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Pre-contract negotiations: can you guarantee that?

United Kingdom - October 9 2012 The Court of Appeal has confirmed that a sequence of emails can be sufficient to create a legally binding contract and guarantee.

Bribery Act: Serious Fraud Office to review corporate hospitality guidance

United Kingdom - October 9 2012 The Serious Fraud Office is reviewing its guidance on gifts and corporate hospitality under the Bribery Act 2010.

Protecting goodwill: ‘Fine’ or not?

United Kingdom - August 13 2012 The owners of the estate agents Fine Country have obtained an injunction in the High Court to prevent the Fine brand being used for an estate agency, in its current guise at least

The Dilapidations Protocol passes into law

United Kingdom - January 10 2012 The Property Litigation Association (“PLA”) prepared the original pre-action protocol for dilapidations disputes (“the Protocol”) in 2002 with a view to facilitating early settlement of disputes by regularising pre-action conduct, narrowing issues and reducing legal and professional costs as a result.

Firms warned to act now on bribery

United Kingdom - June 21 2011 With less than a month to go until new laws to prevent bribery come into force, Howes Percival is warning firms to act now to ensure that they are compliant.