Chris Robinson

Proportionate liability clauses upheld (UK)

Need a small slip make you liable for the whole loss? Businesses often want to take only their fair share of a loss, not joint and several liability, but until now "proportionate liability clauses" or "net contribution clauses"…more

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Directors' duties and collective responsibility

Directors owe duties to their company to act in good faith in the interests of the company, but how far can they avoid liability if they rely on their fellow directors, or if they are outvoted in a collective decision? A recent…more

| Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Business Torts, Civil Remedies,...

Do i need a shareholders' agreement

When should private company shareholders have a shareholders' agreement, and what should its terms be?…more

| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

The UK Takeover Code and the Unquoted PLC

The UK Takeover Code applies to unlisted public companies even if their stock is closely held, bringing nasty surprises for some "vanity PLCs" registered as public companies only for the status symbol of the PLC name…more

| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking,...

Vendor funding of business sales

Sellers are increasingly having to support their buyers in purchasing companies and businesses due to continuing market restrictions on funding, but what are the legal issues and how far can this go?…more

| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions

Trading limted liability for accounts exemptions

In a first for UK company law, groups can now gain audit and accounting exempetions for their subsidiaries if they effectively give up the limited liability of the subsidiaries. Will they, or should they do that?…more

| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking

Trading employment rights for stock in the employer

UK Chancellor George Osborne has announced a plan to allow employees in smaller companies to give up employment rights in exchange for stock (shares) in the employer. How will this work from a tax and equity perspective?…more

| Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law, Taxation

Time for a sharp Grexit?

Business implications of Greece leaving the Euro - would you get paid,and in what currency? What should you do if selling to Greece or if you have assets there? An English lawyer's perspective…more

| Bankruptcy, Conflict of Laws, Finance & Banking, International Law &...

Help! The bank has frozen my account! (UK)

Collateral damage from money-laundering legislation: your bank can block your account and leave you with no remedy, even if you lose money as a result, if they suspect illegal activity. What should you do?…more

| Civil Remedies, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Law Practice Products &...

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