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6 April 2021

Keeping it fun – safety first when planning an event

Perhaps it is no coincidence that on the warmest day of the year so far, and with lock-down restrictions easing...

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6 April 2021

New way ahead for employment tribunals

To help to deal with a heavy caseload, and to continue to take advantage of technology used to good effect...

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6 April 2021

Dutch Data Protection Authority fines Booking.com for failing to notify GDPR breach in time

Wednesday’s announcement by the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens -AP) of its decision to fine Booking.com €475,000 highlights the...

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6 April 2021

How can trustees protect their pension schemes against cyber risk?

News last week suggested that one third of UK pension schemes may have suffered a data breach or cyber-attack in...

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31 March 2021

Defence review: equipping to fight wars of the future

Global Britain in a Competitive Age, a five-year defence review published on 22 March, drew criticism as UK armed forces…

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29 March 2021

签订英国法下的商业合同 – 企业应注意的事项

签订适宜的商业合同对于任何企业而言都至关重要。 与企业相关的商业合同通常包括设备购买或租赁合同、货物供应合同、服务提供合同等(对于该类型合同以下统称为“商业合同”)。 由于谈判地位的悬殊,企业在签订商业合同时,通常都会接受并同意对方提供的合同条款(通常有利于对方)。因此企业在签订任何此类商业合同之前,必须认真且充分考虑商业合同的各个条款,以了解相关条款对企业未来的运营可能造成的影响。 本文将列举一些商业合同中常见的重要条款,并简要分析该类条款对企业运营可能造成的影响。 1                    合同终止条款 大多数的商业合同都是固定期限合同,企业按照合同约定的费用按月或季度支付。可是,一旦企业对合同另一方提供的商品或服务不满意,企业应当如何应对? 如果企业在固定期限的商业合同的到期日之前终止合同,企业通常需要支付终止费。除了终止费以外,在很多情况下,企业仍对整个固定期间内应支付但尚未支付的大部分费用(可能会按比例减少)仍将负有付款义务。这些费用对于任何企业而言都可能是高昂的代价,尤其当合同终止后企业不会再收到任何产品或享受任何服务,但企业仍需支付整个商业合同期间应付的费用。因此,企业务必仔细阅读商业合同的终止条款,并慎重考虑行使终止权利对企业业务的影响。 如果企业计划出售其资产,企业务必要考虑存在于固定期限较长的商业合同中具有限制性的终止条款对企业的资产出售计划的可能影响。例如,如果潜在的买方不希望继续商业合同,那么企业可能被迫需要在出售资产之前终止商业合同并承担提前终止商业合同的后果。 2                    转让条款 转让条款的目的通常是将合同项下的权利从一方转移到另一方。公司往往会在出售资产或进行集团内部重组时会涉及到该条款。如果企业与供应商之间的供应合同中包括转让条款且该条款允许供应商转让合同项下的权利给任何第三方,则最终为企业提供此类商品或服务的公司将为其他第三方而非最初与企业签订合同的供应商。 如果与企业签订商业合同的另一方为某大型公司,则商业合同中的转让条款通常会规定允许该大型公司无需经过企业的同意可将其合同向下的权利转让给其他替代供应商。反之如果当企业希望将其合同项下权利转让给另一家公司时,往往需要征得商业合同另一方的事先书面同意。 3                    其他重要条款 除了上述条款以外,企业也应当注意以下条款,确定企业是否有必要履行过于繁重的义务。   通知期条款 取决于合同的类型,通知期可以很短或很长。如果通知期较短(如几个星期),虽然很灵活,但这会间接地缩短企业寻找新供应商的时间。如果通知期较长(如六个月),则意味着企业可能被束缚在商业合同的时间比预期的更长。 付款条件条款…

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26 March 2021

£1m fine imposed for health and safety failures

A £1m fine imposed on Drayton Manor Park for health and safety failings, which led to the death of an&...

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26 March 2021

Webinar: Employment claims in a virtual world

Employment tribunals are facing one of the biggest backlogs of claims for 10 years. A surge in unemployment caused by…

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26 March 2021

Future proofing the workspace: cybersecurity in the time of Covid-19

The title of this blog reflects the parallel themes between Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece novel ‘Love in the Time of Cho...

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26 March 2021

Webinar: International Trade and the Rules of origin – Don’t be caught out!

If your business is trading goods between the UK and the EU, the rules of origin requirements are some of...

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