Chris Robinson

58 Augusta Avenue
Northampton, NN4 0XPUnited Kingdom
Areas of Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Finance & Banking
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation

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

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, Commercial Law & Contracts

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

UK Consumer Credit becomes regulated by the FCA and existing licences cancelled

UK consumer credit regulation is being taken over by the Financial Conduct Authority, promising more burdensome regulation and obliging all existing licence holders to re-apply for authorisation…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Law Practice Products & Services

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, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

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

It's a privilege to talk to your lawyer

Using privilege to protect the confidentiality of documents and withhold embarrassing evidence (UK)…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Electronic Discovery

The Game's the Winner - the football creditors rule in UK insolvencies

When UK football clubs go into administration, League rules give football creditors priority of payment over others, including taxes. HMRC have tried again to challenge that in court, and failed…more

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 & Trade, Securities Law

EMI share options boost: by far the most tax-efficient incentive in the UK

EMI stock options are clearly the most tax-effective incentive arrangements in the UK, and have been given a boost by favourable changes in the 2012 Budget…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law, Taxation, Worker’s Compensation

Say Cheese©! Reproducing the composition of a photograph (UK)

Copyright infringement of a photograph by recreating the scene and no physical copying: are we moving towards protecting the idea rather than its expression?…more
 /  Intellectual Property

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 & Services

Charity vaunteth not itself: the new corporate charity in the UK

A new form of corporate entity in the UK will be the Charitable Incorporated Organisation or CIO, likely to become the entity of choice for charities…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Business Organizations, Nonprofit Law
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