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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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Winckworth Sherwood senior partner is appointed chaplain to the Queen

In an announcement from Buckingham Palace on 12 March 2014, it was reported that the Queen has appointed the Reverend Canon John Rees, a Winckworth Sherwood senior parter, as one of her chaplains. The honour, which recognises long and distinguished service to the Church of England, entitles the chaplains to wear a scarlet cassock in recognition […]

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BLP seeks to formalise Indonesia relationship with new Asia Network

Indonesia is likely to be the next target as Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) looks to expand its newly launched Asia network of independent law firms. Indonesia has been a key focus of BLP’s Singapore practice since its establishment in 2007 with Singapore-based corporate finance partner Ken Cheung being a main contact for Indonesia-related work (13 […]

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Scottish & Southern Energy drops Herbies for Freshfields in first roster review

Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) has cut Herbert Smith Freehills from its defence roster in favour of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as part of its first ever panel review. The ‘Big Six’ energy company is set to appoint its inaugural panel in the next few weeks having chopped Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) as its defence adviser following conflict […]

DLA Piper advises on IPO on AIM of online fashion retailer Boohoo.com

DLA Piper was involved with the initial public offering (IPO) of online fashion retailer Boohoo.com. The Manchester team that acted for Boohoo provided advice to the company on its flotation and placing of new shares on AIM.  Boohoo.com, which is based in Manchester, is to place 600 million new ordinary shares at 50p per share, giving […]

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