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Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Standard Terms 4th edition

Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Standard Terms 4th edition by Susan Singleton and Richard Lawson is an invaluable guide to the practical aspects of drafting and interpreting commercial contracts.It provides useful background and detailed advice on the law surrounding a wide range of commercial agreements including:
Key common clauses; When to use standard terms; Procedures and good practice; Termination of contracts; Remedies for breach; Specific issues relating to export, software and consumer contracts.

It also contains valuable precedents, including expert guidance on Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer agreements, providing users with an excellent tool for drafting commercial contracts.

Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Standard Terms, 4th edition is an essential resource for commercial contract drafters helping them to prepare water tight legal agreements and ensure that they are completely clear on what a business must do to stay on the right side of the law.

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Sale of Shares and Businesses 4th edition

Sale of Shares and Businesses 4th edition, published December 2014, is a comprehensive guide to the acquisition of businesses in the UK, whether the acquisition is structured by way of a purchase of shares or a purchase of assets. This title includes comments and explanations on the main issues which arise on such transactions. In addition to commentary, precedents are included in paper and electronic formats.

Provides guidance for every sale of a business

  • Gives guidance on every part of the sale of business so you can make sure everything is covered and nothing is missed out
  • Helps you draw up agreements for every type of business client using examples drawn from all sizes of transactions from the sales of small business to multi-million pound deals
  • Helps you represent either the buyer and the seller
  • Goes through both sale of shares and the sale of assets so whichever way the business is being bought, you’ll have all the right advice and correctly drafted documents to give to your clients

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Buying and Selling Private Companies and Businesses 9th edition

Published August, the ninth edition of Beswick and Wine: Buying and Selling Private Companies and Businesses by Susan Singleton adopts a practical approach, considering both the vendor’s and seller’s perspective and providing the practitioner with a step-by-step guide to all the legal, taxation and commercial issues involved in buying and selling private companies and businesses. It includes check-lists, draft enquiries, letters of disclosure and a specimen completion agenda, together with an accompanying free disk containing all the precedents in the work.

As most acquisitions in the UK are largely private sales, the companies expressed to be bought or sold in the book are unquoted; and limited by shares and incorporated under the Companies Acts; and private. As the sale and purchase process varies depending upon the identity of the party initiating it the book covers the sale process from the seller’s perspective (Part I) and covers the acquisition process from the purchaser’s perspective (Part II) as well as looking at the acquisition agreement (Part III), post-completion (Part IV) and special situations (Part V). It also contains precedents on a CD-ROM (Part VI) including data room rules; an offer letter; share purchase; an offer letter business transfer; a due diligence request; completion agenda; a disclosure letter.

The ninth edition has updated to reflect the following changes in the law relevant to those buying and selling businesses including:

  • Changes to competition law in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 ;
  • Case law on business sales, indemnities and warranties;
  • Tax rates and changes including entrepreneurs’ relief and the most recent Finance Acts;
  • Relevant EU law changes in the areas of company law and data protection.

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Drafting British Virgin Islands Trusts

Written by James Kessler QC, Tony Pursall and Naresh Chand, this crucial guide, published August 2014, explains the issues involved in Drafting British Virgin Islands Trusts. The title offers an extensive selection of trust precedents to suit a wide range of requirements, and helps to ensure that practitioners prepare accurate and effective trust documents which precisely meet client requirements and reflect the current law and practice.

This first edition is based on James Kessler’s Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts – A Modern Approach, 11th edition. The intention is for it to be an aid to the British Virgin Islands drafter, discussing the variety of issues which commonly arise when drafting British Virgin Islands trust documents.

The book provides a set of precedents written in plain legal English for the different types of trusts and certain ancillary documents governed by British Virgin Islands law, together with a detailed commentary on the text of those precedents – which are also available on CD-Rom.

Features include:

  • Precedents
  • Practical guidance on the current law
  • Detailed commentary on the recent changes to the VISTA Act and other trust-related laws
  • Legal analysis
  • Information on the various types of trusts including discretionary trusts, purpose trusts, VISTA trusts and charitable trusts.

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Microsoft Word 2013 for Law Firms

Microsoft Word 2013 for Law Firms is just published and available at a big discount from The Book Depository.

This 766 page paperback focuses on those features of Microsoft Word 2013 that are relevant to the legal community, this updated edition of the Payne Group’s market-leading guide to Word provides industry-specific information about Word that will help legal professionals operate effectively and efficiently in their environment. A companion website also includes customized legal templates and documents, hands-on exercises, and practice files, among many other services. Whether they are using Word for the first time or simply updating to the most recent version, readers will find all of the information they’ll need to increase their productivity and make the most out of Microsoft’s word processing program in this expert manual.

It is also available as an ebook.

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Sinclair on Warranties and Indemnities on Share and Asset Sales 9th edition

Published March 2013, the 9th edition of Sinclair on Warranties and Indemnities on Share and Asset Sales has been substantially revised to reflect changes in law, convention and practice.

It serves as an easy-to-navigate guide to the complexities involved in warranties and indemnities. For both share and asset sales it goes through all the processes involved. So whether you are a buyer or a seller you’ll get a better understanding of the steps you need to take and the requirements you need to fulfil.

The new edition includes:

  • New content in relation to the ’employee shareholder’ regime introduced in 2013.
  • Updates to IT, intellectual property, data protection and employment related warranties to reflect developments since the last edition and the increasingly widespread use and relevance of social media.
  • Updates to reflect the impact of various regulatory changes introduced since 2011, including the taking over of the responsibilities of the Financial Services Authority by the newly established Financial Conduct Authority.

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The Media and Business Contracts Handbook 5th edition

The new 5th edition of The Media and Business Contracts Handbook by Deborah Fosbrook and Adrian Laing is published this week by Bloomsbury Professional. It is a master reference book combining a knowledge of contract, copyright and commercial practice to provide over 90 ready to use and adapt expertly drafted contracts, licences, acquisition, distribution, termination, buyout agreements and other documents and letters.

It provides the tools for the user to construct a contract in a logical format and draft the terms in language that both parties can easily understand and put into practice and the accompanying CD-ROM reduces administration time in the office and allows the user to amend the documents quickly or to cut and paste relevant sections and will also be updated.

The Media and Business Contracts Handbook has a number of functions …

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The A–Z of Contract Clauses 6th edition

The new 6th edition of The A-Z of Contract Clauses by Deborah Fosbrook and Adrian Laing is published this week by Bloomsbury Professional. It is a master toolkit of contract clauses drafted by experts in copyright and contract.

Save time and effort when creating a new licence, option, assignment or agreement for services for a contributor; drafting heads of agreements; amending a contract a third party has sent you; or updating and amending your existing in house contracts.

Organised clearly by subject area, each main clause heading is further broken down across types of use such as film and television, general business and commercial, internet, websites, merchandising, publishing, services, and educational. Clauses are drafted from different angles and also some are more innovative.

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Clark’s Publishing Agreements: A Book of Precedents 9th edition

New from Bloomsbury Professional is the 9th edition of this “practical but erudite volume” edited by Lynette Owen.

This comprehensive and unrivalled book provides model agreements, covering a variety of publishing circumstances from head contracts to a range of licensing scenarios.

Together with detailed explanatory notes, appendices covering areas of licensing which for practical reasons cannot easily be covered by a single precedent, a separate overview of legal developments and a CD containing the text of the precedents, this text is invaluable in drafting effective publishing agreements.

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Drafting Commercial Agreements 5th edition

For the 5th edition of Drafting Commercial Agreements the commentary and precedents have been updated to take account of current legislation, case law and practice. In particular the fifth edition has considered the following new developments:

Legislation:

  • New EU legislation, including the Directive on Consumer Rights (2011) (creating new regimes for distance and off-premises contracts and amendments to the Unfair Contract Terms and Guarantee Directives, and to the general law governing consumer contracts)
  • The latest Block Exemption for Vertical Agreements (2010) (with its effect on agency and distribution agreements)
  • The Directive on Late Payment for Commercial Transactions (2011)
  • The Commission’s latest proposals (in 2013) for a Directive on civil damages for infringements of the EU antitrust rules (together with recommendations that member states institute collective redress procedures for such infringements)
  • Changes to the Technology Transfer Block Exemption (2004)
  • Developments in employment law, including abolition of the retirement age, new proposals on directors’ remuneration (particularly under the Enterprise and Regulatory form Act 2013) and the current position on dealing with pension funds in deficit
  • The new regime for registration of charges under the Companies Acts brought in from April 2013

It also covers changes to UK Competition Law, including the new regulatory framework under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, and its impact on mergers, acquisitions, anticompetitive agreements and the cartel offence), the current UK position on damages for breach of the Competition Act, 1998 (as discussed in Devenish v Sanofi-Aventis and Albion Water v Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig) and the latest position on land agreements brought under the Competition Act since 2010.

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