In-house news vlog: anti-variation clauses, employment contracts and failure to prevent bribery – June 2016

In-house news vlog: anti-variation clauses, employment contracts and failure to prevent bribery – June 2016

 

Halfway through the year already and feel like you’re still trying to catch up with 2015? If you’re struggling to grab a coffee let alone keep up–to-date with the law, our monthly news vlog, in association with Radius Law, will take some of the strain off. It covers all the latest legal news and cases relevant to in-house lawyers, bringing you up to speed in a matter of minutes.

Below is a summary of the key topics and cases covered this month:

Corporate & Commercial – tune in from 0:20

  • Two recent cases, C&S Associates UK Ltd v Enterprise Insurance Company Plc and Vinergy International (PVT) Ltd v Richmond Mercantile Ltd FZC, have considered common law termination rights where the defaulting party is in repudiatory breach of a contract.
  • The Enterprise Act 2016, which has some far-reaching changes, received Royal Assent on May 4th and will be implemented by regulations that are expected to be in force by October 2016.
  • In Globe Motors Inc & Ors v TRW Lucas Varity Electric Steering Ltd & Anor, the Court of Appeal ruled against a claim for breach of an exclusive supply agreement. This is consistent with recent cases where the courts have taken a literal view of the words and have refused to interpret a contract to find the most likely intention of the parties. The Court also concluded that it is possible to vary a contract orally or

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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.