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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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In brief: First woman immigration chair at IBA

The International Bar Association has appointed the first woman chair to its migration and nationality committee in the shape of 36-year old Julia Onslow-Cole, of Cameron Markby Hewitt. The committee consists of about 400 immigration lawyers from around the world who meet at seminars two or three times a year. The next gathering is in […]

Financings

Allen & Overy advised a number of banks which recently provided Granada Group with a new £740 million syndicated credit facility. Lovell White Durrant advised Granada.

Recruits prompt Doughty Street expansion

Doughty Street Chambers, the specialist civil liberties set led by Geoffrey Robertson QC, has expanded to a third building following the appointment of a new administrator and other staff. The set has now acquired 50 Doughty Street in addition to its main premises at number 11 and part of number 17. The new building has […]

Linklaters forced out of brewery bid work

Linklaters & Paines was squeezed out of the latest mega-merger in the brewing sector because of a potential conflict of interest. Bass is paying £200 million to take over Allied Domecq’s half share in Carlsberg-Tetley, the joint venture brewing operation owned by Allied and Danish drinks giant Carlsberg. But Linklaters was denied a piece of […]

Conveyancers enjoy feel-good factor

Domestic conveyancers are experiencing a sudden influx of business over the summer, matching reports that the house-buyers market is at the dawn of a revival. According to a straw poll of law firms, those in the south of England are optimistic about the future of domestic conveyancing and in some cases are recruiting extra staff […]

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