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What is off-specification gas?

A gas sales or transportation agreement will typically contain terms and conditions for liability for delivery of off-specification (or off-spec) gas. The quality of the gas delivered will be tested at the delivery point in order to ensure that it meets contractual specification requirements as to quality. The difficulty with off-spec gas, is that it may be commercially unusable by the buyer, or by the … Continue reading What is off-specification gas?

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Doing business in England and Wales

A number of my current clients comprise individuals or commercial businesses from or based overseas of the UK, wanting to set up a business presence in the UK, or buy into an existing UK business[1]. The business lines are diverse, and to date they have included tech or software companies, property developers, providers of specialist services, or portfolio investors. Typically, they will have already carried … Continue reading Doing business in England and Wales

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Singapore labour regulation softens in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic gave rise to border closures in a number of parts of the world, and this resulted in shortages of labour where labour is typically accessed from across the border. This has been evident in Singapore, so Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower has decided to implement a temporary easing of regulations restricting renewals of work permits for certain business sectors.  These sectors include building … Continue reading Singapore labour regulation softens in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Indonesia: the pros and cons of doing business there

Indonesia is a country with a great deal of potential; it covers a very large and diverse area of land and sea; is largely fertile and productive; and has a slowly growing, reasonably well-educated middle class. It is rich in a number of natural resources … timber, rubber, a range of minerals, hydrocarbons, fisheries, agricultural produce, and so on. Its infrastructure is improving, though we … Continue reading Indonesia: the pros and cons of doing business there

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Singapore: the pros and cons of basing your business there

Singapore has been in the spotlight for the past few months, for different reasons, among which are the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the recent shift of global wealth to its shores[1]. What makes Singapore the success story it clearly is, and what should we consider if we  have a growing interest in migrating to Singapore, either for business purposes or for residence? … Continue reading Singapore: the pros and cons of basing your business there

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Indonesia: further Labour Law changes

Ministry of Manpower Regulation No. 8/2021 issued in March this year, is an implementing regulation with regard to the employment of foreign workers in Indonesia. It is the implementing regulation for Government Regulation 34/2021. To re-cap, for those of us who may be familiar with Indonesian labour law, an employer wishing to employ a foreign worker is required to submit a manpower utilization plan to … Continue reading Indonesia: further Labour Law changes

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Corporate Human Resources policies: what should this cover?

Some years ago, in one of my General Counsel roles, my client wanted to re-vamp its entire Human Resources system. What should this ideally cover? A policy document should start with a statement of its objectives, and the range and types of personnel which it applies to. The responsibilities of the human resources function itself should be set out in summary form, defining its role … Continue reading Corporate Human Resources policies: what should this cover?

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So what’s all the fuss with cross-border transactions?

Cross-border transactional work is a tough cookie, and even after three decades of ‘watching that space’, I am still not sure if I can see any real clarity! Take for example, a loan arrangement negotiated in Indonesia. Let’s assume that the lender is a ‘global bank’, for example an entity incorporated in Japan, but with global reach. The lender may kick-off negotiations using a loan … Continue reading So what’s all the fuss with cross-border transactions?

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A new way to design and implement an infrastructure project

It appears that the construction industry, at least in the UK, is looking at effective ways to make construction projects, and the contractual relationships between the key players in any such project, more collaborative, and less confrontational. An initiative called Project 13, has recently been launched by the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), which the ICE has characterised as “an industry-led response to infrastructure … Continue reading A new way to design and implement an infrastructure project