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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Dewey eyes Namibian power project completion

Dewey & LeBoeuf is making progress with Namibian developer NamPower in its efforts to close one of the world’s longest-running power projects. Project finance partners Keith Hughes and Ben Donovan, real estate partner Graham Prentice, construction team associate Nicola Taylor and senior banking counsel Charles Marais are in advanced talks with interested contractors to begin […]

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The success of light regulation in Jersey has given rise to the ultimate attraction for sophisticated investors – a new, unregulated fund regime. By Richard Thomas and Tim Morgan In October 2007, industry body Jersey Finance announced that the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) had agreed to support a proposal to exempt from regulation certain […]

Guernsey: trusts

The new Trusts Law should help Guernsey remain attractive in such a competitive market. Christian Hay and Gareth Bell talk us through the changes Guernsey is on course for a comprehensive update of its trusts law. On 25 July 2007, the Trusts (Guernsey) Law 2007 was approved and should come into force in January 2008. […]

Charles Russell steers market switch for Aricom

Charles Russell has capitalised on its blossoming relationship with JPMorgan Cazenove to land a lead role on an Anglo-Russian mining company’s move from AIM to the main list. The top 50 firm advised JPMorgan Cazenove and Canaccord Adams as the joint brokers and sponsors to Aricom, which has titanium and iron ore assets in Russia. […]

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