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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 […]

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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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EMIR and collateral costs for pension funds: new framework

There’s good news and more clarity for pension funds reviewing their derivatives investment strategy in the light of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The final framework for margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives confirms thresholds and relaxations, which, if adopted by the joint European supervisory authorities for EMIR, should go some way to reduce […]

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By Simon FennellThe government has confirmed that amendments will be made to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations 2006, early next year. However, the service change provisions will not be repealed as had previously been expected. Two years on from announcing its intention to overhaul the TUPE Regulations, the Department for Business Innovation […]

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Conyers Dill & Pearman advised Freetech Road Recycling Technology (Holdings) Limited on its HKD$863,200,000 (£71m) listing on the main board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited by way of a Hong Kong public offer and international offer. Anna Chong of Conyers’ Hong Kong office advised on this matter and worked alongside Orrick, Herrington […]

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Cookies are small text files placed by a website server on the user’s terminal device when visiting a website. They can be used for several purposes, and especially for targeted advertising and marketing. Concerned about users’ privacy and fearing online tracking of individuals, the European Union has issued, in 2009, new regulations reinforcing the protection […]

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