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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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Breaking the border

Northern Ireland has always been distinctly different to its southern neighbour. Unlike the republic, its unstable political climate has inhibited growth by discouraging international investment. However, things may be set to change. With a local government now in power, there has been a renewed interest in public-private partnership (PPP) work in the province. Up to […]

Real Estate and Projects

Delancey Estates sells portfolio of four shopping centres for £121m to four single purpose vehicles established by Dunedin Property Investment Company. Delancey Estates advised by Gouldens (Suzanne Billington, Giles Elliot). Dunedin advised by Macfarlanes. Sunderland City Council transfers 36,000 homes to the new Sunderland Housing Group. Sunderland City Council advised by Trowers & Hamlins (Ian […]

Good conduct

Organisation: Amphion Semiconductor Sector: Technology, media and telecoms Employees: 50 Legal capability: 1 Head of legal: Niamh Lavery Reporting to: Chief executive officer James Doherty Main location for lawyers: Belfast Main law firms: L’Estrange & Brett, FR Kelly & Co. In the US Carr & Ferrell and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Northern Ireland has […]

ernst & young

Even though it is Ernst & Young’s legal affiliate, Tite & Lewis does not have an exclusive advisory relationship with the accountancy firm and must have been more than a little pleased to be in-structed on its move to the high-profile More London development. Ernst & Young will establish its headquarters in the new 500,000sq […]

A year ago this week

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher appoints Stephen Ball as head of its UK practice Stephen Ball, former chief general counsel at Japanese banking group Nomura, joined US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as its UK head. Ball, who had been on gardening leave since leaving Nomura in February, was reportedly considering offers from ABN Amro and […]

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