Company, Consumer, and Contract

SMEs lose out as legal system set up for big business, says research

Up to 2.4m small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), start-ups and the self-employed are being let down by the legal system and could be falling into a legal gap, according to research just published.

Traditional partnerships versus LLPs: do partners have the same rights?

While there are benefits to the LLP model, Daniel Sutherland warns those considering making the switch from a traditional partnership to draft their member agreement with care

A second chance for class actions

While the tools are now in place to bring collective proceedings in competition cases, the CAT will carefully examine any requests for certification, explains Marc Israel

Timeshare mis-selling and Abbott v RCI Europe

Following a recent victory for timeshare providers, David Partington suggests claimants attempting to challenge these arrangements have been fighting on the wrong battleground

A new era for French contract law?

Rémy Blain and Mathew Rea consider whether French contract law could become the preferred choice to govern international business contracts

To buy or not to buy?

Debbie King advises companies on due diligence in light of Brexit, the interpretation of the phrase ‘close of business’, and other recent developments in company law

Proposals for reform in banking litigation

Ned Beale discusses some important developments for consumers arising out of RBS’s PAG judgment and the rights issue litigation settlement