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By Richard Marke
Recently there has been a proliferation of online providers of so-called ‘micro loans’.
By Alex Beal
This article is an update to "The Bribery Bill dealing with bribery at home and abroad", as there have been several key developments since going to press.
By Vanessa de Froberville
The rise in popularity of social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn has brought with it many potential benefits for employers and employees; from allowing us to stay in touch with old colleagues, to building up potential contacts and customers.
By Rebecca Costen
A new private members bill and a new EU directive relating to unfair contract terms in consumer contracts are both currently being debated with a view to clarifying the law relating to unfair contract terms in financial services consumer contracts.
By Georgie Collins
Social media is about user-generated content which is used across a diverse range of web based systems, enabling people to "socially" interact with one another.
By Alex Beal
Navigating a commercial contract and appreciating the implications, both legal and practical, can be a daunting task. This article provides a snapshot of key clauses typically found in a standard commercial contract and looks at the implications of those clauses for the contracting parties.
By Simon Dodd
The European Commission has published a draft of its revised guidelines on the applicability of competition law to agreements between competitors.
By Vanessa de Froberville
On 15 October 2009 the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launched two separate studies: one on online targeting of advertising and pricing and another on advertising of prices.
By Tom Coulson
A contract is a written agreement which encompasses the oral and written negotiations and agreements of the parties. Provided that the necessary factors, such as offer and acceptance, consideration and intention to be contractually bound, are all present, a contract will be formed.
By Alex Beal
The UK government is aiming to tighten up the area of bribery law, codifying the current rules and modernising them to enable prosecutors and the courts to deal with bribery cases more effectively.
By Jonathan Riley
As we explored in July 2008’s issue of SmartLaw, the ability of one party to use standard limitation of liability provisions to avoid liability for a breach has always been a tricky aspect of contract law.
By Vanessa de Froberville
The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) launched new advertising Codes for non-broadcast and broadcast advertising on 16 March 2010.
By Alex Beal
The principle of ‘remoteness of damages’ was articulated in "Hadley v Baxendale" [1843 All ER Rep 461] in 1853. It is a concept which has been widely debated, and to this day, remains somewhat ambiguous.
By Tom Coulson
Commercial contracts are frequently full of legal expressions and legal jargon, and although you may have encountered these terms numerous times and seen them in use for many years, there is often considerable misunderstanding as to the true effect of the terminology.
By Jonathan Riley
How do you structure and manage a joint venture? Bralek's Rule for Success states "Trust only those who stand to lose as much as you do when things go wrong".