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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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Newcastle firms applaud Court of Appeal visit

Lawyers in the North East have applauded the idea for this week’s visit of the Lord Chief Justice and the Court of Appeal to Newcastle. And they say they would like to see a regional Court of Appeal made a permanent fixture. The Appeal Court’s criminal division is sitting for the first time ever in […]

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Philadelphia-based Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz has shut down its operations in the CIS and sold off its practice in the region to Coudert Brothers, ending six months of negotiations between the two firms. Pepper Hamilton operated three offices in the CIS in Moscow, Almaty and St Petersburg. The offices in Moscow and St Petersburg, where […]

In brief: Miners group wins lung disease case

Hugh James, of Cardiff, and Sheffield-based Irwin Mitchell are celebrating last Friday’s test case victory of a group of miners who blamed British Coal for their lung diseases. Mr Justice Turner described the cases as ‘the tip of the iceberg’ and thousands more miners are now expected to bring claims.

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Simmons & Simmons acted for Lattelekom, the Latvian state telecommunications company, on its US$60m syndicated multi-currency revolving credit agreement. The syndicate, led by Sumitomo Bank, was advised by Linklaters.

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