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Written by legal experts working within commercial & competition law, our extensive portfolio of professional titles provide comprehensive resource tools for your practice. In addition, our key loose-leaf and journal publications, complimented by our online services can all be tailored to suit your legal needs.

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The Competition Appeal Tribunal Handbook considers the complex subject of competition law, identifying, summarising and analysing all relevant cases by reference to each problem area. Considering competition law from a new angle, this title focuses on the litigation process, by which competition disputes are litigated and by addressing pure competiton law issues as they arise at the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Our forthcoming publication, A Guide to Conducting Internal Investigations outlines what a good regulatory investigation looks like.  By providing expert guidance for every step, this publication will be a new practical resource for all firms and individuals that may find themselves the subject of, or be required to assist with, a regulatory investigation or enforcement action.

The seventeenth edition of Rights and Duties of Directors 2018/2019 is a fully revised and updated publication that takes into account the extensive changes and new case law since the 16th edition. This highly practical guide sets out the rights and powers of directors and their duties.

Our extensive portfolio of commercial and competition law publications is complimented by our online services that can be tailored to suit your practice needs. Be sure to browse the full range of titles that may be of interest to you below…

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Commercial and Competition Law Books

The Competition Appeal Tribunal Handbook

The Competition Appeal Tribunal Handbook approaches the subject of competition law from a new angle by focusing on the litigation process by which competition disputes are litigated and by addressing pure competition law issues as they arise at the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). The Competition Appeal Tribunal Handbook covers: Litigation Problems arising in the CAT; Issues relating to the jurisdiction of the CAT; Issues relating to the jurisdiction of the... Read more

Beswick and Wine: Buying and Selling Private Companies and Businesses

Structured to reflect the process in practice Beswick and Wine: Buying and Selling Private Companies and Businesses focuses on the key commercial, tax and legal issues that arise from business sales. By addressing fundamental issues from the perspective of both the seller and the purchaser it is a perfect handbook for all those involved in such acquisitions. From due diligence through to completion of the share purchase or business transfer... Read more

HSE and Environment Agency Prosecution: The New Climate

Sentencing guidelines impose tough penalties for health and safety and environmental offences: how can you avoid them? The introduction of the sentencing guidelines in February 2016 has seen health and safety prosecutions treble, particularly in relation to corporate manslaughter, with tougher penalties imposed and fines exceeding £20 million being handed down. With fines having a detrimental effect on both turnover and reputation, how can companies protect themselves? HSE and Environment... Read more

Ashton & Reid on Clubs and Associations

The diversity and complexity of the legal issues that can arise in the course of the activities of a club, society or association present numerous questions for those advising and managing those bodies for which they need guidance. Problems range from the interpretation of rules to anti-discrimination legislation. Legal issues can span alcohol licensing, charities, company law, employment law, expulsion procedures, litigation, meetings, promotion of lotteries, property law and taxation.... Read more

Cyber Security: Law and Guidance

Implementing appropriate security measures will be an advantage when protecting organisations from regulatory action and litigation in cyber security law: can you provide a defensive shield? Cyber Security: Law and Guidance provides an overview of legal developments in cyber security and data protection in the European Union and the United Kingdom, focusing on the key cyber security laws and related legal instruments, including those for data protection and payment services.... Read more

A Guide to Conducting Internal Investigations

Internal investigations can be undertaken by a company or firm as a precursor to anticipated regulatory action, or for many other reasons. This title explains what a good regulatory investigation looks like whilst guiding investigators through the myriad of issues that can arise. It also dismantles many of the preconceptions and myths which have grown up around investigations in the post-financial crisis environment. Investigations are part of the ‘business as... Read more

Rights and Duties of Directors 2018/19

Rights and Duties of Directors 2018/19 is a highly practical and comprehensive publication which clearly sets out the rights and powers of directors and their duties. Highly practical and comprehensive, it details each and every duty in relation to the core administration, compliance and disclosure requirements of company law and other closely associated legislation. The 17th edition is fully revised and updated to take account of the wide ranging changes... Read more

Property Professionals’ Negligence and Liability

Provides a comprehensive guide for those advising upon, and dealing with, the civil liability and professional discipline of valuers/surveyors, estate agents and auctioneers. Written by a leading practitioner in the field, it deals with a variety of topics, from general principles to specific situations, providing practical guidance to the regulatory and procedural aspects. The work commences with an overview of the law of professional liability insofar as that is pertinent... Read more

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: International Legal and Regulatory Challenges

The importance of blockchain and cryptocurrencies continually evolving. The first book on this increasingly important topic, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: International Legal and Regulatory Challenges, is a pioneering and seminal read which aims to identify regulatory gaps and establish the first applicable legal framework. Written by well-known experts in cyber law, this reference work covers: · Blockchain – IP/ownership/legal consequences of use/areas of regulation · Crypto Assets – Security of wallets/IP/Data... Read more

A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial and Cyber Fraud

Fraud on businesses is a perennial problem and the levels of fraud reported in England and Wales are increasing year on year, especially in relation to cyber fraud. With cases of this nature being brought before both civil and criminal courts lawyers specialising in fraud litigation need to have combined civil/criminal expertise to be able to properly advise their clients. A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial and Cyber Fraud: Claiming Compensation... Read more

A-Z Guide to Boilerplate and Commercial Clauses

Need help with contract clauses, but only got a few minutes? An alphabetical, quick-access guide to all you need to know: The purpose and effect of common clauses, explaining the relevance of each, with illustrative examples. Now covers: The meaning of: ‘Breach’ ‘Substantial’ and ‘material’ in clauses for termination ‘Beyond reasonable control’ in force majeure cases When a priority of terms clause will operate Whether rules applying to penalties also... Read more

Amending a Commercial Lease

The 4th edition of this text offers practical information on identifying potential amendments and is written in a highly accessible format, standard lease terms are cited on one page with the relevant commentary given on the opposite. Negotiating tips are included assisting practitioners to develop negotiating tactics and arguments. Read more

Commercial Agency Agreements: Law and Practice

Commercial Agency Agreements: Law and Practice, 4th edition looks at the standard commercial agency agreement where an agent is self-employed and paid a commission on sales he or she generates for the principal as it is those agents that fall within the Regulations. It addresses the drafting of such agreements as well as termination and compensation and includes examples of agency contracts and coverage of the majority of UK judgments.... Read more

Commercial and Cyber Fraud: A Legal Guide to Justice for Businesses

It is estimated that there are over five million incidents of fraud and two million cyber-related crimes committed annually in the UK costing approximately £193 billion with organisations losing £183 billion per year. Aimed at business directors, business owners, in-house lawyers and managers, forensic accountants and non-UK lawyers, Commercial and Cyber Fraud: A Legal Guide to Justice for Businesses sets out the legal process, from discovery of the crime and... Read more

Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Standard Terms

Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Standard Terms, 4th edition 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... Read more

Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Standard Terms

Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Standard Terms, Fifth Edition 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... Read more

Commercial Enforcement

A unique and invaluable guide for all practitioners that advise on the enforcement of high-value money judgments. Commercial Enforcement provides systematic, practical guidance on the process of preparing for and successfully applying for the various methods of High Court enforcement. This text contains a detailed analysis of the legal issues and underlying case law surrounding each method of enforcement, providing essential background materials and commentary. New for this edition: The... Read more

Contract and Copyright Drafting Skills

Contract and Copyright Drafting Skills is a brand new title which will help you develop and create greater flexibility in your drafting skills. Using clear explanations and practical examples your ability to write clauses, draft, negotiate, analyse and review contracts will be enhanced. It is designed to be used in conjunction with your own precedent bank or alongside The A-Z of Contract Clauses, Sixth Edition. This title gives guidance on... Read more

Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Contracts

Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Contracts, Fourth Edition is the ‘one-stop-shop’ for practical contractual matters, making it essential reading for anyone involved in negotiating and drafting commercial contracts. This book includes: – A guide to the common legal issues in negotiating and drafting contracts – An explanation of the structure and content of a commercial contract – Good and bad practice in drafting (and in using clear, modern English) – The... Read more

Fraud and Breach of Warranty

Claims of fraud and breach of warranty are common following the purchase of a business. They often mix tort and breach of contract and may involve specialist aspects such as notification provisions and escrow mechanisms. This new title provides a practitioner’s guide to claims of fraud and breach of warranty from a leading commercial QC with great experience in this field. Key questions to be considered include: 1. When can... Read more

Joint Ventures and Shareholders’ Agreements

Baffled by joint venture and shareholder agreements? Guidance on the new PSC Register is just one of the things that small businesses need to understand. Helping you to identify the central issues involved in joint venture transactions, take effective instructions and draft good documentation using precedents, case studies and checklists. Now covers: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (including the official guidance on new register of Persons of Significant... Read more

Joint Ventures in Europe

Joint Ventures in Europe, Third Edition, provides a detailed overview of the key legal and commercial issues to consider when setting up a joint venture in a number of different jurisdictions in Europe. The third edition of this well respected text will enable you to compare and contrast the alternative joint venture structures of different jurisdictions. Each chapter follows a template making comparisons between jurisdictions logical and easy to follow.... Read more

Partnership Law

Partnership Law, 6th edition provides up to date answers to all questions which can arise on the formation, operation and dissolution of such partnerships and which can arise in disputes between parties, ex-partners and outsiders. Fully revised and updated this new edition will include coverage of: – The introduction of the Private Fund Limited Partnership (PFLP) in 2017 – Application of discrimination law in the context of partnerships/LLPs: Seldon v... Read more

Spencer Bower: Reliance-Based Estoppel

Spencer Bower: Reliance-Based Estoppel, previously titled Estoppel by Representation, is the highly regarded and long established textbook on the doctrines of reliance-based estoppel, by which a party is prevented from changing his position if he has induced another to rely on it such that the other will suffer by that change. Since the fourth edition in 2003 the House of Lords has decided two proprietary estoppel cases, Cobbe v Yeoman’s... Read more

The A-Z of Contract Clauses

In this high speed world, the ability to turn an agreement around quickly is a necessity for most busy lawyers. The A-Z of Contract Clauses, Sixth Edition is a master toolkit of contract clauses drafted by experts in copyright and contract. Thousands of clauses ready for you to use and adapt – Save time and effort when creating a new licence, option, assignment or agreement for services for a contributor;... Read more

The Media and Business Contracts Handbook

The Media and Business Contracts Handbook, 5th edition 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... Read more

Commercial Contracts and Trusts: the legal issues on making decisions

This is a topical area for the courts, which have moved to imply various limitations or tests on decision makers powers and when they can be challenged. This is made more difficult for lay users and lawyers alike in that implied restrictions are (by definition) not apparent from the words of the relevant contract itself. These limits are applied by the courts not just to fiduciaries (such as trustees or... Read more

Commercial Agency Agreements: Law and Practice

Examines the standard commercial agency agreement where an agent is self-employed and paid a commission on sales he or she generates for the principal as it is those agents that fall within the Regulations. It addresses the drafting of such agreements as well as termination and compensation and includes examples of agency contracts and coverage of the majority of UK judgments. The fifth edition has been updated to include: Ramsay... Read more