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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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Allen Allen & Hemsley loses top Singapore partner to Freshfields

Australian firm Allen Allen & Hemsley’s Singapore office is losing a leading securities partner to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The departure of office head David Simpson leaves the operation with only one remaining partner in Steve Clifford. Simpson has been with the firm since 1985, making partnership in 1994. He specialises in corporate and securities work, […]

Lovells raids Germany

Lovells Boesebeck Droste has hired two German partners from White & Case‘s Frankfurt office, Oliver Kessler and Thomas Schrell. Securities partner Kessler, who joined White & Case in June 1999 from Wessing Berenberg-Gossler, has acted for clients such as Deutsche Telekom, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan and CSFB. He will be spearheading Lovells’ drive to capture […]

Fight for the rights

This year, Pearson launched the biggest rights issue the UK has ever seen in order to raise the capital to buy National Computer Systems. Dearbail Jordan notes the effects four months on WHEN Gary Rincke, former London managing partner of US firm Morrison & Foerster, joined Pearson on 1 July, the company was about to […]

Clifford Chance woos Wolf Theiss to plug Austrian gap

In its latest quest for European expansion, Clifford Chance is courting the Austrian firm Wolf Theiss & Partners. But Vienna-based Wolf Theiss stresses that it is keeping its options open, although it does not deny that it is in talks with Clifford Chance. Wolf Theiss partner Richard Wolf says: “We are in a position to […]

Orchard rocked by Altheimer attack

CHICAGO-based firm Altheimer & Gray is swooping in on niche City practice Orchard and taking the entire corporate finance team. Four partners, three of them corporate and one in property, are leaving the 10-partner firm. They are head of corporate finance Nick Davis, and his partners Jon Lovitt and Susan Breen, and property partner Nicky […]

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