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Our partners are to the fore throughout every transaction and they lead small, close-knit teams that stay with clients for the long-term, allowing them to develop real relationships with our clients and a genuine in-depth understanding of their business. Our size allows us to be entrepreneurial in approach and exceptionally efficient. We fight only the battles that are worth winning, focusing all the time on the results we can achieve for our clients rather than the points we can score. This approach has attracted a long and loyal list of clients to our firm.

We are currently around 250 lawyers. We have grown steadily over the years and continue to grow; but it has been a carefully controlled organic growth rather than expansion by merger which could, we believe, lead to a dilution of both our culture and the quality of our service.

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How confidential information exchanged at a single meeting can infringe competition law

This briefing looks at a recent judgment which shows that exchanging competitively sensitive information with competitors - even at a single meeting, on a one-off basis - can infringe EU/UK competition law, exposing companies to potentially significant fines and reputational harm.

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 17 November 2017 | Practice Area: Corporate Governance

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Sole, exclusive, preferred: what's the difference? How to avoid common contractual pitfalls

All too often, businesses believe they have secured a commitment to exclusivity – only to discover that the relevant contractual provisions are not watertight. This briefing looks at how to avoid common pitfalls and ensure exclusivity provisions achieve their commercial objectives.

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 09 November 2017 | Practice Area: Sale and Supply of Goods and Services

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The Government's post-Brexit trade and customs white papers: the unanswered questions

The UK Government has published two new white papers dealing with post-Brexit trade and customs. They are perhaps more remarkable for what they do not say, than what they do - this article takes a look at the details.

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 16 October 2017 | Practice Area: Corporate

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Progress, but not "sufficient" progress - what happens next in the quest for a Brexit breakthrough?

Following Theresa May's speech in Florence, there had been hopes of a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations, but EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has indicated that "we are not yet there in terms of achieving sufficient progress". This briefing examines the sticking points and what happens next.

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 09 October 2017 | Practice Area: EU Competition Law

The UK's post-Brexit customs proposals: do they pass the garlic smuggling test?

The UK government has set out its proposals for post-Brexit customs arrangements with the EU. But will they be acceptable to Brussels? Increasing EU concerns over customs fraud and smuggling (including, bizarrely, millions of euros' worth of garlic) suggests that negotiations will not be easy.

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 22 September 2017 | Practice Area: Financial Crime and Fraud

The EU Withdrawal Bill: too much power to the executive?

Travers Smith spoke to Joel Blackwell of the Hansard Society, which has recently published a major piece of research on delegated legislation.

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 15 September 2017 | Practice Area: EU Competition Law

Brexit negotiations: how far apart are the two sides?

The latest round of Brexit negotiations has just concluded, with notably contrasting assessments from the UK and the EU. This briefing goes beyond the rhetoric to examine how far apart the two sides are in reality.

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 12 September 2017 | Practice Area: Corporate

Lessons from the Mike Ashley 'pub deal' case: the issue of intention to create legal relations in contract formation

A contract requires the four elements of offer, acceptance, consideration and intention to create legal relations. This article examines the ruling in a case involving Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley, which offers a reminder of the uncertainty around negotiating contracts in informal situations.

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 08 September 2017 | Practice Area: Corporate

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Brexit dispute resolution: a bridgeable gap?

A series of Government papers on Brexit have been published, including one on disputes and enforcement, addressing the controversial subject of the involvement of the ECJ in post-Brexit EU-UK arrangements. What are the differences between the EU and the UK, and is the gap between them bridgeable?

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 01 September 2017 | Practice Area: Administrative and Public Law

Pensions radar - upcoming changes in UK law

This Travers Smith briefing is a quarterly listing of expected future changes in UK law affecting work-based pension schemes. Subjects covered include automatic enrolment, pension liberation, new pension protection levy rules, public service pension reform and shared parental leave.

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 04 August 2014 | Practice Area: Enforcement and Regulation

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