Commercial and Company Law Update

An intensive one-day seminar providing an up-to-date review of the latest law and regulations that affect companies and directors

20 Mar 2019

GBP 699 599 *
EUR 979 839 *
USD 1,090 934 *
* When you book before 7 Feb

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Course overview

Are you up to date with the latest laws and regulations that affect your business? This seminar will provide you with a comprehensive review of the most recent updates to commercial and company law and regulations that have an impact on best practice. Reducing the risk of infringement of these laws could be vital to your or your clients’ businesses. Learn what the implications are and understand how to avoid violations and their consequences.

The panel of carefully selected, highly experienced legal experts will focus exclusively on the areas of law that have an impact on how you conduct your business and consider and discuss the implications of Brexit. The seminar will take a very interactive approach, with plenty of opportunities for questions. It is also an ideal opportunity to network with others and discuss solutions to your concerns.

This intensive one-day seminar will enable you to:

  • Examine the latest key elements of commercial and company law that affect your business practices
  • Understand the implications of recent case law for your organisation
  • Get to grips with the latest legislation and regulations
  • Gain a wealth of information in the area of IP law and the Trade Secrets Directive
  • Deal successfully with the implications of GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018
  • Recognise how the latest employment laws affect you
  • Become familiar with new developments in competition law
  • Anticipate the impact Brexit could have on your and your clients’ businesses

Who should attend

Who should attend

  • In-house lawyers
  • Private practice lawyers
  • Company directors
  • Company secretaries
  • Commercial managers
  • General managers


Chair’s introduction
Rebecca Attree, Principal, Attree & Co.

Commercial law update

  • Recent cases on contract interpretation and variation
  • Indemnity, exclusion and limitation of liability – what’s new?
  • Current status of ‘good faith’
  • Current trends in dispute resolution clauses
    Rebecca Attree

Company law update

  • Recent case law and its implications
  • Companies Act 2006
  • Directors’ duties and liabilities
  • Corporate Governance Code
  • Insolvency, administration and the new compensation orders
  • Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015
    Selina Sagayam, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Intellectual property law update

  • Trade marks: a review of recent cases and Brexit advice for brand owners
  • Designs and copyright: a summary of latest case law and its implications
  • The Trade Secrets Directive: best practice
  • Patents and the European Unified Patent Court
    Robert MacGinn, Partner, Laytons

Data protection and privacy law update

  • GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018
  • New policies and procedures
  • Demonstrating compliance
  • Data breaches and consequences
  • Latest updates
    Lilly Taranto, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells

Employment law update

  • Recent case law and its implications
  • Discrimination law
  • Gender pay gap
  • GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 from an employment law and HR perspective
    Michael Farrier, Partner, Boyes Turner

Competition law update

  • Recent trends in enforcement by the CMA
  • The relevance of EU competition law post Brexit
  • Digital markets, big data, distribution agreements, MFNs
  • Legal professional privilege and risk management
    Sophie Lawrance, Partner, Bristows

The impact of Brexit

  • Trade in goods
  • Managing supply chain
  • Trade in services
  • Customs issues
  • Relationship between the EU and UK
  • Impact on specific legal areas including:
    • Competition law – Immigration
    • Company law
      Paddy Kelly, Partner, Laytons

Final questions


Rebecca Attree

Rebecca Attree, Principal since 1995, Attree & Co, qualified International Company Commercial Solicitor and experienced mediator and trainer based in London. Previously she worked for City law firms Richards Butler (now Reed Smith) and Laytons. Rebecca has more than 25 years’ experience in negotiating and drafting commercial contracts and resolving disputes. She has particular expertise in advising on high value cross-border agreements that raise issues of applicable law, jurisdiction and competition law. She has expertise in drafting a broad range of commercial agreements such as joint ventures, agency, distribution, software licences, transfer of technology and research and development agreements and has advised numerous blue chip clients operating within the EU and internationally. As a mediator, Rebecca is regularly involved in resolving disputes relating to the interpretation and performance of contracts and therefore sees current problems that businesses are facing in the light of changes in the law.

Selina Sagayam

Selina Sagayam, Partner and Head of UK Transactional Practice Development, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, is responsible for the knowledge and practice management and functions of the firm’s English law transactional practice. Her practice focuses on international corporate finance transactional work, including public and private M&A, joint ventures, international equity capital markets offerings and advisory work focused on corporate governance, shareholder activism and securities law advice. She also advises boards and senior management of international corporations, exchanges, regulators, investment banks and financial sponsors (private equity and hedge funds) on financial services and provides regulatory advise. Selina is regarded as one of the leading public M&A advisers in the UK and has advised on hostile, competitive and recommended takeovers.

Sophie Lawrance

Sophie Lawrance, partner at Bristows, specialises in competition law. She has a particular interest in working with businesses in technology and pharmaceutical sectors, and in relation to the competition issues that arise in connection with standardised technology. Sophie regularly advises on the competition issues which arise from licensing, distribution and agency arrangements, and has significant experience of advising on the behavioural issues which affect companies with larger market shares. Her experience extends to the contentious aspects of competition law and she has been involved in substantial cases before competition regulators at EU and national level. Issues on which she has advised include both substantive competition law and procedural issues, such as legal professional privilege. She has also acted in litigation before the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Paddy Kelly

Paddy Kelly is a Partner in the London office of Laytons LLP. He leads the firms international practice that includes international litigation and arbitration, international trade and investment Law (including investment treaties), EU law, competition law, banking and finance, and energy and natural resources.

Robert MacGinn

Robert MacGinn, Partner, Laytons, is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. He advises clients on all aspects of their intellectual property rights, from brand strategy though to protection, commercialisation and enforcement. His IP practice includes advising on registrability, availability and suitability of proposed brand names as trade marks, developing brand protection strategies nationally and globally, reviewing marketing and branding material, including packaging and devices (logos) and advising in contentious matters including trade mark oppositions and infringements and design infringements, as well as domain name and copyright disputes. He works with clients across many industries, including software companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and professional service firms.

Michael Farrier

Michael Farrier, partner, Boyes Turner, advises on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious. As an accredited mediator with experience in work place mediation, he has a particular interest in discrimination and workplace dispute resolution. Michael specialises in employment law training practice and he regularly advises on negotiating and concluding the termination arrangements for directors and senior executives, which often include post-termination restrictions and non-competition provisions. With a particular speciality in discrimination law, Michael is often asked to comment in the local and national press, as well as websites including the Times and the BBC.

Lilly Taranto

Lilly Taranto is a senior associate in the global Privacy and Information Management practice of Hogan Lovells. She has an in-depth knowledge in advising major international and domestic companies on cross-border data transfers including binding corporate rules, employee monitoring, e-marketing, data security breaches, online privacy and general data protection compliance issues. Lilly focuses on running large multi-jurisdictional data privacy projects involving more than 80 countries in the travel, entertainment, technology, telecom, pharmaceutical, finance and retail sectors.

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20 Mar 2019
20 Mar 2019 Cavendish Hotel, London GBP 699.00
EUR 979.00
USD 1,090.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
GBP 599.00
EUR 839.00
USD 934.00
Until 7 Feb
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