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When and how to use an NDA

Non-disclosure agreements (NDA) impose obligations to refrain from disclosing  information, take measures to protect the confidentiality of information and/or use information only for a specified purpose or purposes. In this post, I look at the issues surrounding the use of NDAs in the IT industry, and consider some of the the typical situations in which […]

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An introduction to UCTA

26 Apr 2011
Posted in Contract Law

The Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA) imposes statutory limits on the avoidance of civil liability through exclusion clauses in business contracts for breaches of contract, negligence, or other breaches of duty. UCTA is only concerned with exclusion clauses, and does not examine whether a contract is unfair generally.  An “exclusion clause” is not defined […]

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Marketplace websites and UK regulations

21 Feb 2011
Posted in Consumer Law, Contract Law, Internet Law

I’ve just finished working on a new template terms and conditions of use document for marketplace-type websites. This process has not been as straightforward as it should have been. Both the Ecommerce Regulations and the Distance Selling Regulations are poor fit for this kind of website, because of the range of different contractual relationships that […]

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What legal documents do I need for my new website?

17 May 2010
Posted in Contract Law, Internet Law

Website legal documents are like vitamins: you know they’re good for you, but you probably don’t know exactly what they do.  With a bit of research you could find out what they do – but, let’s face it, even lawyers can find legal research a little boring. There are legal aspects to all websites.  Legislation […]

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Distance Selling Regulations: right of cancellation

20 Nov 2009
Posted in Consumer Law, Contract Law, Internet Law

NOTE: This post is now of historical interest only. The legislation referred to in this post has been superseded by the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013. All online traders in the UK and wider EU should know about the right to cancel distance contracts available under the Distance Selling Directive. This […]

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Terms of use FAQ

04 Dec 2007
Posted in Contract Law, Internet Law

This brief FAQ contains answers to some of questions I get asked on a daily basis relating to website terms. What is the difference between T&Cs, terms of use, and disclaimers? In the context of websites, these are different names for often similar – and sometimes identical – documents. “T&Cs” or “terms and conditions” may […]

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Internet contracts and jurisdiction

14 Jul 0208
Posted in Contract Law, Private International Law

Issues of jurisdiction are important to online traders, not least because of the transnational character of many internet contracts. Private international law (also known as conflict of laws) is the legal subject concerned with jurisdictional questions – i.e. questions of where court proceedings may be brought. Private international law is international inasmuch as it is […]

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