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National Security and Investment – the EU's response

Published on 07 June 2019. By Tim Anderson, Partner and Neil Brown, Partner

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National security concerns regarding Huawei continue to make headlines around the world, against the backdrop of an ongoing US / Chinese trade war. This blog looks at new EU rules on foreign investments which raise security or public order concerns.

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More than you bargained for: the implied duty of good faith

Published on 26 April 2019. By David Wallis, Partner and Neil Brown, Partner

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The recent High Court decision in Bates v. Post Office (No. 3) confirms a general principle that if a contract is a "relational" contract then it will include an implied obligation of good faith. Previously, there had been doubt whether such a general principle exists, as historically this was not an approach recognised by the English courts.

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Brexit delay prolongs uncertainty for insurers

Published on 12 April 2019. By Neil Brown, Partner

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Yesterday's announcement of Halloween as the new deadline for Brexit will prolong uncertainty for many UK insurers.

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White Paper on National Security and Investment

Published on 17 December 2018. By Neil Brown, Partner and Charles Buckworth, Partner

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In our last blog, published on 11 December 2018, we explained the motivation behind the UK government's white paper on national security and investment. In this blog, we explain more of the detail in those proposals.

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Huawei and UK National Security - A new technology cold war?

Published on 11 December 2018. By Neil Brown, Partner and Charles Buckworth, Partner

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Chinese technology giant, Huawei, has been making plenty of headlines recently. First, a number of Western governments (including the US, Australia and New Zealand) have banned Huawei equipment from being used in 5G networks, citing national security concerns. Next, Huawei's CFO was arrested in Canada in connection with alleged breaches of international sanctions.

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Drafting: you do the maths

Published on 01 November 2018. By Neil Brown, Partner

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Chartbrook v. Persimmon provides a good example of why contracts can benefit from worked mathematical formulae to aid courts in interpreting key contractual clauses.

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The W&I tool in M&A

Published on 20 August 2018. By Neil Brown, Partner and Joy Tickler, Associate

Neil Brown and Joy Tickler highlight the increasing use of warranty and indemnity insurance by M&A negotiators. Its use has rapidly increased over the past few years, becoming a strategic tool in the toolbox of any M&A negotiator. We set out here the reasons behind this ever-increasing trend, together with some of our observations on how W&I has been effectively deployed.

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Part VII insurance business transfers – FCA's finalised guidance

Published on 30 May 2018. By Neil Brown, Partner

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The FCA published finalised guidance on its approach to reviewing insurance business transfer schemes under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

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A step closer

Published on 27 November 2017. By Matthew Griffith, Partner and Neil Brown, Partner

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Matthew Griffith and Neil Brown explore Lloyd's SPAs as an alternative for new market entrants to standalone syndicate formations and M&A

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Part VII transfers – through the FCA's microscope

Published on 24 May 2017. By Neil Brown, Partner and Joy Tickler, Associate

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Draft FCA guidance sheds light on its approach to Part VII insurance business transfers and aims to reduce the time and cost required to undertake a transfer.

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