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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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SJ Berwin bolsters finance with Addleshaws hire

SJ Berwin has beefed up its finance capability with the hire of partner Karl Woolley, one of Addleshaw Goddard’s key Allied Irish Bank (AIB) relationship partners. The hire bolsters SJ Berwin’s pan-European finance department to 13 partners, and is hoped to bring in a swathe of new client relationships. Woolley, who joined Addleshaws as a […]

Regulatory roundup

In an unprecedented move, the Court of First Instance overturned the European Commission’s decision to clear the merger between Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and Sony Music. The surprise decision, announced in July, was the first time clearance by the Commission has been reversed by the Court of First Instance. The move followed an application by […]

Bakers, CC handed SR technics sale roles

Baker & McKenzie and Clifford Chance acted in the SFr1.6bn (£690m) sale of technical services company SR Technics. A provider of technical services to aircraft, Zurich-based SR Technics was originally a subsidiary of Swissair, but was sold to private equity houses 3i and Star Capital in 2002. In the latest deal 3i and Star Capital […]

Kennedys management clash over Australian strategy

Senior UK management at Kennedys has clashed with its Autralian counterparts over proposals to create a network of offices in Australia. Kennedys launched its first Australian office in Sydney three months ago and have been in talks with Melbourne lawyers about opening another office, according to Asian Legal Business. Sydney managing partner Mark Doepel said: […]

Addleshaws, Trowers in shopping mall coup

Addleshaw Goddard and Trowers & Hamlins advised on the £126.1m sale of the historic Victoria Quarter Arcade in Leeds, the North’s high-end shopping destination. Built in 1898, the marble and mahogany-panelled arcade is home to retailers including Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Vivien Westwood, and contains the UK’s largest stained-glass window. The seller was property […]

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