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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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Berrymans rocked by six-partner defection

Berrymans Lace Mawer has lost more than half of its Liverpool-based commercial department to a rival North West firm. Brabner Holden Banks Wilson is taking on six equity partners – Sandy Gill, Terry Montague, Andrew Scorah, Neil McBurney, Jacqueline Lloyd and Jeff Gillbanks – who are expected to leave Berrymans by the end of the […]

Getting in a state

First, the US firms in London targeted the rainmaker partners. Then came the salary war, and the battleground moved to the ranks of the assistants. Now it seems they are taking the fight to the universities, wooing trainees before the UK firms have so much as introduced themselves. Research undertaken by The Lawyer shows that […]

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CGU buys £30m stake in Whitgift Centre Limited Partnership from Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund. CGU advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (David Evans), Barclays Bank Retirement Fund advised by SJ Berwin.

Clifford Chance leads private equity

Clifford Chance is leading the way in the private equity stakes after completing two high-profile deals in as many weeks. The firm acted for Bourne Leisure and equity providers Candover and Legal & General Ventures on the £700m buyout of Rank’s UK holiday division. Corporate partner Adam Signy led a 45-strong team on the deal […]

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Issuer: KPNAdviser to issuer: Allen & OveryUnderwriters: UBS Warburg and Morgan Stanley Dean WitterAdviser to underwriters: Clifford Chance in Amsterdam

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