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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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A&O braced for bidding war over Allied Carpets

Allen & Overy is gearing up to fight in the latest City bidding war after its client, Allied Carpets, admitted that it had received offers for the company. The troubled retail giant, which has issued two profit warnings since May 1998, has received a 65p per share offer from its largest shareholder Wassall, which would […]

Putting a bet on CFAs

Last week, Linklaters’ head of advocacy, Mark Humphries, bought a racehorse and called it “No Win, No Fee”. His purchase coincides with his firm’s announcement that it will be the first magic circle law firm to advise clients to enter into conditional fee agreements (CFAs) as policy in certain cases. Linklaters is hedging its bets […]

Flotations & Financing

Denton Hall advised the Equitable Life Assurance Society on development of Basingstoke shopping centre Festival Place. The scheme is funded through a partnership between Equitable Life, Grosvenor Estate, Hermes and the National Provident Institution (NPI). Nichola West, property partner at Denton Hall, acted on the deal with corporate partner Charles Green and assistant Joanne Knibb. […]

This week

Expect a statement from the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, on the future of Old Bailey Judge Simon Goldstein, who directed a rape trial jury to decide their verdict in light of “millennium mores”. The jury acquitted police officer Barry Byrne. Human rights groups are calling for Judge Goldstein to be sacked.

Coming clean on money laundering

John Potts, head of corporate litigation, Clifford Chance Maurice Allen, head of banking, Weil Gotshal & Manges David Byrne, head of investigation, Titmuss Sainer Dechert The National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) last week published its annual report containing a stinging attack on lawyers for failing to report suspicious transactions which result in money laundering. In […]

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