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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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Nabarros in Genpak biotech deal

Nabarro Nathanson has clinched a biotechnology deal for Genpak through its involvement with a venture capitalist workshop, dubbed Venturefest. The workshop, held at Oxford Brookes University, brings together venture capitalists, business angels and fledgling businesses, and it was through this that the firm was introduced to Genpak. Genpak is a manufacturer of reagents for use […]

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The five-lawyer team at Next have had their hands full with the level of success enjoyed by the retail company. Fiona Callister asks whether a predicted downturn in consumer spending will pile on the pressure

CC targets international public law from NY base

Clifford Chance is setting up an international public law capability in New York headed by partner Rae Lindsay. London-based Lindsay will move to New York in January. The new department will liaise with Washington-based international corporate and trade partners Dale Turza and Ryan Trainer. The link-up between the London, New York and Washington offices strengthens […]

Norton Rose beats rivals to land easyJet flotation work

Norton Rose advised easyJet on its initial public offering (IPO) after a beauty parade where the firm’s ability to field US counsel shone through. Norton Rose was up against three rivals when it was invited to tender in April for the work to reorganise the group for flotation. It had already acted for easyJet on […]

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