Commercial news update - March 2018: Protecting documents from disclosure, Gig Economy and Tesco's £4bn equal pay claim

Commercial news update - March 2018: Protecting documents from disclosure, Gig Economy and Tesco's £4bn equal pay claim

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On 13th January, a ban on payment surcharges were implemented for consumer transactions such as debit, credit and PayPal Payments. (See LNB News: PSD2 comes into effect)

The Court of Appeal has restated in two recent cases (Process Components Ltd v Kason Kek-Gardner Ltd) and (Interactive E-Solutions (IES) v 03B) the words in business contracts will, generally, mean they say – even where they have bizarre or unintended consequences. The only exceptions are where it’s necessary to imply a term for the contract to achieve its purpose or where the term is so obvious it goes without saying.

We have previously reported on the case of SFO v ENRC that highlighted how difficult it can be to assert privilege. If privilege can be substantiated, then relevant documents do not need to be disclosed to a court. More recent cases have reache

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About the author:
Iain founded Radius Law in September 2013 which has been designed to meet the exacting standards that Iain had of his law firms during his time as an in-house counsel.


Iain’s in-house career spans 14 years with the 7 years from 2006 to 2013 being the General Counsel and Chief Compliance officer for the Mercedes-Benz UK Group. In this role he led a team of 18 staff.
Iain has previously been recognised in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report as a thought leader in legal management. He has spoken regularly and had published articles particularly on how to measure legal value.

Aside from legal management, Iain has significant expertise in regulatory work, particularly competition law and anti-bribery. Iain has led the implementation of large scale compliance programmes and also managed regulatory investigations.

Outside of the day job Iain has a passion for community projects and has been a non-executive director of a housing association and also established a debt advice centre. This social conscious approach continues in Radius Law with a bold commitment to pay 10% of profits to charity.