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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 […]

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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 […]

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Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

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Firm joins ranks of mediators

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Financings

Ashurt Morris Crisp advised Critchley Group in a rights issue to raise £11.4 million net of expenses. Ashursts also acted for Hoare Govett Corporate Finance on its private placing of shares in Bioglan Pharma for a total subscription price of £10 million. Norton Rose acted for Bioglan Pharma.

Arbitration bill. 21st Century arbitration

A new Arbitration Bill is presently before Parliament and will hopefully become law during 1996. Not only does the Bill consolidate all previous relevant legislation – the Arbitration Acts of 1950, 1975 and 1979 – but also strengthens the powers of arbitrators. These increased powers should enable arbitrators to force the pace of arbitration without […]

In brief: Collyer-Bristow adds to matrimonial dept

London firm Collyer-Bristow has invited Alan Marco, head of matrimony at nearby firm Baileys Shaw & Gillett’s, to join its own matrimonial department. Marco will join the firm this week as a partner. He has 30 years legal experience and also sits as a deputy district judge at the Principal Registry at Somerset House.

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