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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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JLPBS Forbury, a joint venture between John Laing Property and the Bank of Scotland, acquires Energis House in Reading. Two leasehold interests were surrendered by Caradon and Energis. CMS Cameron McKenna advised JLPBS Forbury (David Saunders) and Caradon (Colin Jesson). Davies Arnold Cooper advised Energis (Ian Hunter).

Camerons sets up HK banking team

CMS Cameron McKenna has launched a Hong Kong banking practice, 20 years after arriving in the region. Following the 1997 Asian “meltdown”, local banks limited lending to mortgages. Now the economy is improving, this is changing. The practice will start as an extension to the firm’s corporate recovery department, taking advantage of the upturn in […]

Sumitomo Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation sells its 50 per cent share in Vintners Place to Wates City of London Properties. Sumitomo advised by Linklaters (Patrick Plant), Wates advised by Clifford Chance (Damian Perry).

Arnold & Porter expands tax team with NY partner

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter has pulled off a coup in New York by attracting the former chair of the international tax team from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. Richard Andersen, a leading tax lawyer, is joining Arnold & Porter to spearhead the development of a tax practice in New York. Andersen practices in […]

A VIEW from SILICON VALLEY

It probably goes without saying that the demand for legal services in the Bay area, which includes Silicon Valley, has been extraordinarily high in recent times. Quite how the current gyrations of the market will affect this flow of work remains to be seen, but I sense that we will not see much of a […]

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