In-house news vlog: variation by email, vicarious liability and Trunkis – April 2016

In-house news vlog: variation by email, vicarious liability and Trunkis – April 2016

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Below is a summary of the topics covered this month:

Corporate & Commercial – tune in from 0:23

  • In Littlestone v Macleish, the Court of Appeal has stated that it would only rule against costs where the tenant could show they were unreasonable.
  • Does an agreement that states a variation will not be effective unless made in writing and signed by or on behalf of each of the parties exclude a variation made by email? In C & S Associates UK v Enterprise Insurance Company, the Commercial Court found that an email would suffice.
  • The decision in African Export-Import Bank v Shebah Exploration & Production has given more clarity on what transacting on standard terms means.
  • Two recent cases (Reid v Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Bristow v The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust) have underscored the importance of genuinely considering mediation to resolve a dispute.

Data Security – tune in from 3:58

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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.