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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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Brief encounter: DMH

Size is not everything, as 28-partner Brighton-based firm DMH proves. It has a turnover of more than £10m, placing it just outside The Lawyer’s top 100 law firms. This compares favourably with its nearest but much larger rival, 47-partner Blake Lapthorn, which had a turnover of £15m last year. DMH has recently rebranded, adopting a […]

Island hoping

Business is booming in Jersey and Guernsey. So says Bailhache Labesse partner Mark Lewis, echoing the sentiments of dozens of lawyers on the islands. And this is despite somewhat gloomy predictions 18 months ago that the Channel Islands would have trouble maintaining their position in light of the burgeoning euro and pressure to conform to […]

Mostyn-Williams quits

Shearman & Sterling‘s highly-rated head of European acquisition finance Stephen Mostyn-Williams has decided to leave the firm. Sources say he is considering a number of options, but is believed to be on the verge of joining a private equity fund as a principal. Mostyn-Williams has been with Shearmans since September 1998, when he joined from […]

Young & Co

Young & Co Brewery boosts portfolio with agreement to acquire 17 pubs for £5.8m from Bristol brewer Smiles Holdings. Young & Co was advised by Druces & Attlee (Wayne Smith, with Karen Chapman and Jeremy Spooner). Smiles Holdings advised by Osborne Clarke OWA (Michael O’Haire).

DB Capital

DB Capital Partners and Pierre & Vacances acquire Center Parcs from Scottish & Newcastle for £670m. DB Capital Partners advised by Allen & Overy (Alan Paul), SJ Berwin (Steven Davis) and Shearman & Sterling (Anthony Ward). Center Parcs advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Julia Wolf).

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