Monthly Archives: August 2012

Empty vessels

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Empty Vessels The problem of inaccurate drafting of contracts is a recurring theme in court cases. In the case of Wuhan Guoyu Logistics Group Co Ltd and Yangzhou Guoya Shipbuilding Co Ltd v Emporiki Bank of Greece SA [2012] EWCH 1715 (Comm) there is another instance of inaccuracy. The contract was for the construction of […]

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The Procurement of Information Technology

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

THE PROCUREMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Introduction Brian Farrington Limited (BFL) have been involved in many IT procurements of varying value and with varying degrees of corporate risk attached to them. There are frequently challenges for IT and Procurement specialists. Not the least of these challenges is the purchase of technology that neither IT nor Procurement […]

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Branson’s Pickle

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Branson’s Pickle At the time of going to press it is reported that Virgin Trains have asked for a Judicial Review of the decision to award the InterCity West Coast Franchise to a competitor. The Department of Transport’s procurement actions will be scrutinised and no doubt their Invitation to Tender dated 20 January 2012 will […]

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Apple and Samsung

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Apple has won its claim in the USA that Samsung have infringed its Patents. The jury believed the Apple case was more compelling than Samsung’s counter-claim. This could potentially cost Samsung dearly. The fine imposed is $1.05bn.  Apple originally sought compensation of $2.5bn. Samsung is likely to appeal against the decision and may ask for […]

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Conflict of interest

Friday, August 24th, 2012

There have been a number of occasions when we have established contact with solicitor’s practises to consider awarding a contract to represent a client’s interest in a commercial matter. One of the early questions we are asked is, ‘Who is the client and what is the issue?’ This is followed by a request for details […]

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Will this be an Apple Turnover?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Will this be an Apple Turnover? As we discussed recently, in the UK courts Samsung’s position was vindicated – it did not infringe Apple’s Patent. To be precise, on 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet computers, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, […]

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Tender Evaluation and reasons why you might be losing contracts

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Tender Evaluation and why you might be losing contracts Introduction There are significant differences in the approaches of the public and private sectors when tenders are being evaluated. In both sectors, the value of the tender will be an influence, as will the risk the procurement presents. The public sector will seek to comply with […]

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