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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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Pensions court battle reignites

The massive hunt for £400 million in Maxwell pensions assets has renewed in the High Court with two separate cases involving claims of up to u88 million being run in the same court room. The cases are MGN Pension Trustees Ltd’s (MGNPT) u60 million action against Bank of America and Credit Suisse and the liquidator […]

Paul Llewellyn takes issue with poor reporting of cases

Paul Llewellyn Newspapers frequently do a disservice to the public in their reporting of the law. One field where this happens is that of personal injury litigation and in particular the so-called “RSI” (Repetitive Strain Injury) cases involving Judge Prosser QC. The judge may well have been justifiably criticised in awarding a modest sum of […]

Corporate

Kruger Tissue Group (UK) was advised by Dibb Lupton Broomhead in a u43m development project, restructuring of the existing tissue business in the UK and an acquisition. The financing was arranged by 3i Manchester and debt was provided by Midland bank Structured Finance. The investors were advised by 3i Legal and Davies Arnold Cooper.

Property

Limebank Property Co, advised by Denton Hall, which was intructed by Barclays Property Holdings, has bought land at Northampton Business Park to be used for a new headquarters for Barclaycard, from the receivers for Northampton Business Park, Coopers & Lybrand, advised by Howes Percival.

Property

The British Land Company, advised by Berwin Leighton, has bought for the British Land Quantum Fund for around u24.5m a mixed office, shop and industrial property portfolio from the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society, advised by Turner Kenneth Brown.

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