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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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Ashurst sends troubleshooter to Germany

Ashurst is to send out private equity partner Simon Beddow to head up its German practice. Beddow, has been troubleshooting in the firm’s Paris office since last year. He was sent over to France in the wake of the departure of rainmaker Thomas Forsbach to Latham & Watkins. Beddow takes up his new position on […]

The Lawyer global offshore report – Anguilla

A jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction rundown on the key legislative developments in the offshore world in 2004 and 2005 The Mutual Funds Act 2003The Mutual Funds Act provides for the licensing and regulation of mutual funds, fund managers or fund administrators doing business in, or from within, Anguilla. The act recognises three categories of mutual funds: private funds, […]

Gide posts 15 per cent revenue hike as it bolsters London with Cadwalader lateral

French international Gide Loyrette Nouel has posted a revenue rise of 15 per cent for 2004. The firm is also further strengthening its London finance capability with the hire of a tax partner from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. Anthony Davis becomes Gide’s seventh London partner and the first to specialise in tax work. His career […]

CC gets tight with KKR as it lands Travelex buyout work

Clifford Chance has strengthened its relationship with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) after landing a first-time UK instruction to advise the high-profile US buyout house on the £1bn acquisition of Travelex. The mandate is a coup for Clifford Chance, because although the magic circle firm has advised KKR on a string of overseas deals, […]

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