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Sanctions update: UK bans services exports to Russia, cutting Russia off from UK services

Madeleine Byron

Madeleine Byron

Last week, the UK Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, announced a ban on certain professional and PR services exports from the UK to Russia. The banned services include management consulting, public relations and accounting. The Foreign Secretary commented that the ban will help to ensure that Putin fails in Ukraine, by cutting off service exports that are fundamental to the Russian economy.

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Get your ecommerce business ready for online sales

Madeleine Byron

Madeleine Byron

Ecommerce has seen remarkable growth over recent years, especially during lockdown, and is changing the landscape of how people buy and sell goods and services. The growth in ecommerce is shifting activity away from the high street to digital means, which in turn is changing the way businesses operate. In addition, the popularity of marketplace platforms, such as Amazon and Facebook, has made this growth even more noticeable.

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Madeleine Byron

Madeleine Byron


Madeleine joined Bermans in October 2021 and is a solicitor in the Commercial department.

Before joining Bermans, Madeleine graduated from the University of Liverpool with a first class Law degree and then completed the LPC MSc at the University of Law in Chester. She completed her training contract at an international law firm.

Madeleine can assist with reviewing and drafting commercial contracts, agreements and policies.

Outside of work, Madeleine enjoys travelling and worked in-house as a legal intern in Singapore during a university summer break. She also enjoys running and has recently started photography as a new hobby.


T: 0161 393 7128

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EU GDPR – will this affect your business?

Stephen Green

Remember the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that overhauled data protection rules a couple of years ago and required lots of changes to how individuals’ data was stored and processed?

Since the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, UK businesses now have two versions of the GDPR to take into account – the UK GDPR and the EU GDPR.


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Stephen Green



Stephen is a partner and heads up the Commercial Team, having joined Bermans in June 2021.


After qualifying as a solicitor in 2008, Stephen has trained and worked at a number of large regional firms; as well as working in-house. He is a highly experienced commercial contracts lawyer with in-house experience (including working with major international brands), and has good experience working for international companies. This in-house experience gives Stephen a commercial approach in problem solving, which assists clients in achieving their commercial goal and objectives.

Stephen advises on all types of commercial contracts and arrangements. This extends to agency or distribution, confidentiality, consultancy, cooperation, event management, outsourced services, sponsorship, software or website development, equipment or venue-hire, intellectual property rights and licensing, trade mark licences and standard terms and conditions of trade, service and supply. He advises clients in a wide range of sectors and industries; including the cosmetic, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, leisure, retail and sports.

In addition to his commercial contracts experience, Stephen has substantial experience in the sports sector, and is an important part of the growing Bermans Sports Team. Before coming back to private practice in 2019, Stephen was senior legal counsel at MATCH Hospitality, providing legal and commercial advice in connection with a number of major sporting events; including the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia™ 2017, 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, the ATP Tennis Finals (at the O2 Arena in London) and the Formula One Paddock Club. He was also previously lead legal adviser to the T20 Caribbean Premier League.


Tel: 0161 827 4612

Mob: 07917 913348

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AstraZeneca contract with EU

The EU have published a redacted version of the Advanced Purchase Agreement it entered into with AstraZeneca AB for the supply of Covid 19 vaccine. This article considers the terms of the redacted version of the Agreement in light of the claims made by the EU Commission, the threats made by the Commission and the actions taken by the Commission.

I am a commercial contracts lawyer of over 20 years’ experience who has worked on contracts in the bio medical and pharmaceutical sector, and on Government and EU supply contracts for much of that period.   I caveat the contents of this article on the basis that I am an English qualified lawyer and the Agreement is subject to the laws of Belgium.  As such, some of this article by necessity is approached from an English law perspective.

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Contractual Considerations on Brexit

It is never too late to sort things out.  First published in 2018, this note, now updated, addresses how you may protect your business through your contracts, where border issues cause delays or prices need to be adjusted, and explains the new UKCA Mark.

Some questions you may ask yourself:

  • What happens if the borders are clogged up and I cannot deliver or receive goods
  • Who will be liable for tariffs in the event of a hard Brexit
  • Should I look at amending existing contracts or terminating contracts with a view to issuing new contracts
  • Will you have to register with a UK authority in place of an EU one?
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Emma Norman-Jones


Trainee Solicitor

Emma joined our Liverpool office in September 2020 as a trainee solicitor and currently works in the Corporate department.

Previous to her role at Bermans, she worked as a Paralegal at other leading law firms in Liverpool.

Emma graduated with a degree in Law from Newcastle University in 2019 and received a distinction from the LPC MSc.

She assists the Corporate team by undertaking the following:

  • Dealing with commercial transactions such as sale and purchase of commercial property including asset sales and purchases;
  • Dealing with residential transactions for both freehold and leasehold properties;
  • Dealing with post-completion formalities

Emma lives in West Lancashire and is a keen sportsperson, she is a member of Ormskirk Netball Club and spends time at the gym and running.  She is also a member of the Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division.


T: 0151 224 0500


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GP Practice: New to Partnership Payment

I have been asked by a GP Practice client to advise on the New to Partnership Payment which is a £20,000 payment to new Doctors (and others) who join a GP practice as a partner and is referred to in the Update issued 6th February 2020 (sections 2.14 – 2.16).  NHS England Update to the GP contract agreement 2020/21 – 2023/24

Although the details are not yet fully decided by NHS England, and detailed guidance is yet to be provided, based on the Update, the payment is payable where:

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Cyber security – the risks to your organisation

The recent news that foreign exchange company Travelex is being held to ransom by hackers after a cyber attack is a reminder to organisations that cyber security is a business-critical issue. The gang claiming to be behind the hack has demanded £4.6m and explained that they hacked into the Travelex databases six months before the ransom demand was issued on 31 December 2019, spending that period downloading client data including names, dates of birth, credit card details and national insurance numbers.

The attack has led to Travelex taking down its website in 30 countries and turning off its computer systems. Could your business recover from such an attack asks our Commercial team?

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