In-house Legal Bulletin - October 2016

Resourcing revolution

With the ever increasing challenge of finding a training contract and a job, today, 25 per cent of solicitors work in-house rather than in private practice.

The transformation of in-house legal practice is contextualised by three key trends.

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White Collar Crime - "failing to prevent" crime and corporate liability

It has been long established that companies can find themselves criminally liable for the misconduct of their employees. Health and Safety violations, or breaches of environmental law have resulted in corporate fines for decades. This principle, however, has seen recent expansion into white collar crime, which looks likely to continue under the new prime minister.

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Repudiatory breach and frustration

In a recent case, the Court of Appeal has considered the law relating to repudiatory breach of contract.

Cottonex Anstalt contracted with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA to transport 35 containers containing cotton from the Persian Gulf to Chittagong. The containers were delivered on various dates in May and June 2011.

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