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Confidential information & non-disclosure agreements


Trade secrets, commercially sensitive customer data, and know-how are often the lifeblood of businesses. These assets must be protected but also made available when negotiating joint ventures, sales, purchases, mergers, agency contracts, and procurement contracts.

We are experienced in drafting appropriate confidentiality agreements to allow our clients to disclose and receive confidential information safely, be these unilateral bilateral, terms that need embedding in contracts or stand-alone confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure agreements.

What happens if a trusted employee walks out to set up in competition, helping himself to those very secrets in the process? Our litigation team are experienced in dealing with the challenges of such a situation and regularly act for both employers and employees. We know that speed is of the essence, both to protect the business itself and also to meet the deadlines expected by the Court.

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A Guide to Contracting Internationally

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2023 is looking like it will be a tough year, but some adaptable entrepreneurs and businesses are viewing the current economic climate as an opportunity. Planning strategic investments in the business and assets of distressed companies. Often these businesses have the potential to thrive but have been affected by circumstances outside their control.

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  • IP and Commercial

Director’s duties: A practical example

The ‘General Director’s Duties’ are still seen by many as the pillars of correct corporate governance. Codified in the Companies Act 2006, these duties apply to executive, non-executive, shadow directors and de-facto directo

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  • IP and Commercial

Avoid investment fraud with essential due diligence

It is well known that a high percentage of transactions or investments fail to meet their expected targets. Case studies suggest that this can most often be mitigated by a proper due diligence exercise.

  • 09 November 2021
  • IP and Commercial

Raising finance: How not to break the rules on financial promotions

Financial promotions are a complex area and is defined in Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) as being ‘an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity, communicated by a person in the course of business.’ It applies to all forms of communication written or spoken, including whether they are made via social media or in print.

  • 28 July 2021
  • IP and Commercial

Personal liability of directors in the context of insolvency or company distress

Directors need to be mindful of incurring personal liability where companies are distressed. This article provides an overview of some of the key areas where directors could incur personal liability when navigating their business through difficult times and stresses the importance of taking and following professional advice when faced with financial difficulties.

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