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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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PepsiCo

Davis Polk & Wardwell has advised PepsiCo for several years, particularly in relation to corporate and tax matters. It also advised Pepsico on the $2.3bn (£1.6bn) initial public offering of its bottle business last year. The firm acted for Pepsico when it signed a binding agreement to merge with Quaker Oats in December. This offering […]

Outmoded laws? Never

Calling all lawyers: the BBC is researching a light-hearted programme on arcane and unusual laws in the British Isles and needs your help. It is interested in any old laws that are curious, outlandish, endearing, strangely enlightening or just plain dated. These might be old regional oddities or modern classics, such as European directives that […]

Rules of engagement

“Time longer than rope” may describe the lackadaisical lifestyle of the Caribbean jurisdictions, but there has been nothing lackadaisical about the legislative response to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) initiatives. A June deadline is fast approaching for both the Harmful Tax Competition initiative and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in relation […]

Osborne Clarke hires two share scheme partners

Osborne Clarke OWA’s pensions and incentives team has hired a new partner and an assistant as the team loses a partner to Wragge & Co. The hires strengthen Osborne Clarke’s expertise in the growing share schemes market and are also aimed at boosting its service to international clients. Karen Cooper comes from Ernst & Young’s […]

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