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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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Hammonds has hired another associate into the partnership as it attempts to bulk up following the torrent of partners leaving the firm. Hammonds’ national banking head Simon Owens has hired CMS Cameron McKenna assistant David Sachs as part of the firm’s strategy to build London up to match the performance and size of the finance […]

Herbies, Linklaters land electricity deal

Infrastructure deals continued apace with the £1.62bn takeover of Northern Irish electricity supplier Viridian by Bahraini private equity firm Arcapita Bank, with Herbert Smith and Linklaters benefiting. Corporate partner Anthony Macaulay led a team at Herbert Smith for Viridian, which owns Northern Ireland Electricity. The FTSE250 company regularly instructs Herbert Smith and CMS Cameron McKenna. […]

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Slaughter and May moves in with best friends Slaughter and May is turning up the heat on its best friend relationships and moving into the same building in Brussels as Italian heavyweight Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Paris-based Bredin Prat, Germany’s Hengeler Mueller and Spain’s Uría Menéndez. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (10 October), the move was […]

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