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Barney Laurence specialises in actions involving High Court injunctions and franchise related disputes. Barney works out of the firm’s St Albans and London offices and has achieved notable success including cases in the High Court and a defining ruling in the House of Lords.

“Without Prejudice”& “Subject to Contract” What do they mean?

Partner Barney Laurence examines what the two key terms “Without Prejudice” & “Subject to Contract” mean and how you can use them when trying to resolve disputes. Two terms that are as important as they are misunderstood. What do they mean? And when and why should you use them? “Without Prejudice” (sometimes just “WP” or, …

“Without Prejudice”& “Subject to Contract” What do they mean?

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The ‘Shot across the bows’ letter

Unless you intend to – and are in a position to – follow through with formal action, think twice before sending a warning letter to an ex-employee. So-called shot across the bows letters are commonly sent out to warn against breaching post-termination restrictive covenants, but they invariably do little more than tip the individual off …

The ‘Shot across the bows’ letter

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Recruitment Agency Fee Disputes

Recruitment agency fee dispute: A recent case handled by Sherrards’ recruitment specialists, Barney Laurence brought into sharp focus the importance of the client recruitment agency (“Company A”) following its own terms of business. Company A was engaged by Company B to source a candidate for a role. Company A supplied a quality candidate, whom Company B subsequently engaged …

Recruitment Agency Fee Disputes

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No terms, no matter

It remains best practice that you should always incorporate your terms and conditions of business into your dealings with clients, even though it is no longer a mandatory requirement to do so since Regulation 17 of the Conduct Regulations was revoked with effect from 8th May 2016. But sometimes it doesn’t happen. Sometimes clients ask …

No terms, no matter

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Back-dooring: An overview for recruiters

Backdooring: As the pandemic continues to suffocate the economy, recruiters are facing an even tougher time when it comes to collecting payment of fees. Clients are exploiting any and every possible way to avoid having to part with money and the classic “back door” scenario is something that seems to be cropping up more than …

Back-dooring: An overview for recruiters

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Default judgments: don’t be lulled into deadline complacency

A recent case has shown that courts are willing to be sensible in their interpretation of deadlines for accepting or defending proceedings. But defendants should not allow this apparent leniency to lull them into missing deadlines. When a claimant serves proceedings on a defendant, the latter has a prescribed period to either accept or defend …

Default judgments: don’t be lulled into deadline complacency

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