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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

Exclusion clauses under the spotlight: UCTA reasonableness

By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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Spanish firm Garrigues has made up 15 equity partners as revenue figures for the financial year 2011-12 showed a dip of 5 per cent. The promotions, which were approved at a partners’ meeting yesterday, follow the decision last year to make up 152 of its partners to full-equity status. The latest promotions bring Garrigues’ total […]

Latham and Skadden: Star Wars acquisition advise on they do

Latham & Watkins and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have taken advisory roles on Walt Disney’s $4.05bn (£2.5bn) acquisition of Star Wars maker Lucasfilm. The deal, paid for in a mixture of cash and shares, gives Disney the rights to the world-famous film series, with the US movie giant now unveiling plans to bring […]

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Post-merger Pinsents retains lead at top of AIM rankings

Pinsent Masons has extended its lead at the top of the rankings of law firms by number of AIM-listed clients, bringing its client count close to 50. The firm now has 49 AIM clients, up on 46 in July, when data provider Morningstar last published its quarterly rankings. Memery Crystal, the usual leader until Pinsents […]

Abuse of process: The interplay between arbitration and litigation

The Commercial Court has struck out a claim as an abuse of process, because the central issues had previously been decided against the claimant in an arbitration. Not a surprising move, perhaps: except that in Michael Wilson & Partners Limited (MWP) v Sinclair and others the successful defendants werenotparties to the previous arbitration (see judgment […]

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DAC Beachcroft signs three-way Chilean merger

DAC Beachcroft and Chilean firms Seguros Lex and Amunategui y Cia are to join forces to create DAC Beachcroft Chile from today (1 November 2012). The move will make DAC Beachcroft the first European-based law firm to have a presence in the country. It comes almost a year to the day since Beachcroft merged with […]

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