Confidentiality and Damages – the saga continues

Posted on Mar 3, 2017 in Background, Bugg’s Boilerplate, General, Lawspeak

Following on from my comments in February (“Mum’s Liquidated Damages”), we are again dealing of with the issue of whether enforceable damages claims in English law can be somehow based on pre-estimated or “hypothetical” loss. In other words, can you claim for damages for breach of confidentiality even if there is no actual damage that can be established in a particular case? The white knight of the High Court in...

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The First Costs of Brexit

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Background, General

The high drama of Brexit-related events is already having an impact in the English courts.   In the recent case of Elkamet Kunststofftechnik GmbH v Saint-Gobain Glass France SA [2016] EWHC 3421 (Patent Court) a German company prevailing in a High Court patent claim also successfully obtained compensation for the dramatic fall of the British pound following the so-called “Brexit” referendum.   Although the United Kingdom’s...

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Mum’s Liquidated Damages

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Background, Bugg’s Boilerplate, General

“Mum’s the word” is a traditional English saying to explain that everything is to be kept secret. You may want to remember the short sentence as a useful business imperative when working with a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), a.k.a “confidentiality agreement”. In other words, a company should not simply rely on a confidentiality agreement alone. The flow of information must be actively managed, monitored and...

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2017 Nürnberg Seminars

Posted on Jan 20, 2017 in Background, General, Lawspeak, Seminars

As the New Year starts to run away from us, I thought it would be a good time to put out a reminder of upcoming seminars I am organising in 2017 in Nürnberg. In response to numerous requests, we have developed a three-part set of one-day seminars on Legal English designed for trainees and paralegals. The first of the sessions will be at the end of March 2017. If somebody in your office is interested in extending or refreshing their Legal...

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Contracts in English: 3rd Edition

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 in Background, Bugg’s Boilerplate, General, Lawspeak, Seminars

 It’s finally here! It may have been a bit optimistic of me to announce way back in September that a 3rd edition of Contracts in English was already out there to buy. However, I am promised by the publishers that Santa has now indeed flown in the first printed copies in advance for your Christmas stockings! (There is even a special version for Australian readers. You can all enjoy this version by simply holding the book upside down.)* So,...

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Masterclass on Contract Update 2016

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in Background, General, Lawspeak, Seminars

Dear Contract People, For those of you interested in updating your contract skills and know-how, I am holding the annual Masterclass Contracts in English Update seminar for 2016 in Nürnberg on 2-3 December. You can find more information and registration details at the following link: http://augustinbugg.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/AB_SeminarFlyer_2-3December2016_LY03.pdf Again, we will be meeting in the delightful Victoria Hotel snuggled...

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