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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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Freshfields loses City US partner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is losing one of its London-based US securities partners, leaving the firm with just three specialists in the City. John Chrisman joined the firm in 1997 after spending seven years at Sullivan & Cromwell. He specialises in advising European clients on international securities offerings while representing companies and investment banks on cross-border […]

UniCredito Italiano

UniCredito Italiano arranges financing for Clayton Dubilier & Rice’s acquisition of Italtel from Telecom Italia. Clayton Dubilier & Rice advised by Debevoise & Plimpton (James Kiernan

Bank of Scotland

Bank of Scotland has kept Herbert Smith permanently on its toes this year. The firm acted for the bank on its ultimately unsuccessful hostile battle against the Royal Bank of Scotland, which won control of National Westminster Bank in February. It is now acting for the bank on its merger talks with Abbey National, represented […]

Seven Wong partners form limited liability breakaway

Suet Fern Lee heads new corporate boutique; litigationlooms acrimonious split THE former Wong Partnership partner whose departure caused the collapse of Clifford Chance‘s joint venture has set up a new firm which is expected to link up with Shearman & Sterling. Suet Fern Lee, a highly-rated senior corporate partner, resigned from the Wong Partnership in […]

Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds TSB Bank completes £100m syndicated loan facility for British Polythene Industries. Banks advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Will Meredith). British Polythene Industries advised by Maclay Murray & Spens (Robert Laing).

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