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Commercial Confidentiality Agreement under High Court Scrutiny

Commercially sensitive information inevitably often passes between contracting parties and, in such cases, confidentially agreements are commonplace. One such agreement was considered by the High Court in the context of a defence supply contract. Company A had contracted with company B to supply communications technology to an overseas air force. The...

Family Companies – It’s Never Too Soon to Start Estate Planning!

When it comes to family companies, the death of a shareholder can give rise to very serious tax consequences and, as one High Court case vividly revealed, it is never too early to seek expert advice in respect of estate planning. After learning that a company’s founder and majority shareholder was terminally ill with cancer, its directors were concerned that...

Having Building Work Done? Be Smart and Put the Contract in Writing!

There is still a tendency towards informality in domestic building contracts, although the potentially dire consequences of not having a written agreement should be common knowledge. In one case, a couple and their builder became mired in costly litigation that could have been avoided had a lawyer been consulted at the outset. The couple paid £375,000 for a...

Trade Marks – Luxury Restaurant Dispels Association with Dog Food

Trade marks are an invaluable means of maintaining a bright shine on brands and protecting them against inappropriate associations. In one striking example, the owner of a luxury restaurant won an injunction against a dog food company that traded under a similar name. The restaurant had traded successfully for 15 years, building up a well-heeled clientele,...

International Corruption – High Court Backs Serious Fraud Office

The international fight against corruption in the commercial sphere requires mutual cooperation between friendly states, but a balance often has to be struck between the public benefit in the detection of crime and the individual rights of suspects. The High Court addressed that issue in an important decision that represented a significant victory for the...