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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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Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Cayman Islands advice to Cayman Hotel Holdings, a subsidiary of Five Mile Capital Partners (FMC), pertaining to the $130m (£80m) refinancing of the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman property. FMC is an alternative investment and asset management company that specialises in investment opportunities in real estate, debt products, structured finance, asset-based […]

The Intellectual Property Bill: what’s new for designs?

The Intellectual Property Bill (the draft bill) has been working its way through Parliament throughout the summer and autumn and is likely to be enacted in 2014. Arguably, the most eye-catching of the draft bill’s provisions concern patents, in particular the new powers to enable the UK to implement the Unified Patent Court Agreement, but […]

Recent Australian privacy reforms will significantly affect offshore share incentives for Australian employees

By Alec Christie The changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including the introduction of the new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), significantly increase the obligations imposed on an offshore parent or related entity that collects or deals with personal information from Australian residents (i.e. employees) in connection with managing employee share incentive plans. When the […]

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Cash calls loom with HMRC NIC changes

The spectre of lengthy lines of salaried partners going cap in hand to the banks early next year was raised last week by changes to the partnership tax regime. The changes are aimed at dealing with the so-called ‘disguised salary’ of LLP members. The background to this lies in one of the incidental benefits of […]

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