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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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Bryan Cave has continued the recent growth spurt in its London office with the hire of two partners, including the head of Pinsent Masons‘ City corporate tax group Mark Cawthron. Cawthron, formerly at Pinsent Curtis Biddle before it merged into what is now Pinsent Masons, led the firm’s corporate tax group for more than 10 […]

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Birmingham’s rapid upscaling of its city centre is seeing a sea change in the make-up of the region’s real estate departments. Kevin Nagle reports In Birmingham over recent years city centre redevelopments such as the ICC, Mailbox and Bull Ring have not just transformed the city’s skyline, but have also been the catalyst for the […]

Travers seeks corporate associates’ input

Travers Smith‘s corporate department is creating its first formal body to improve communication between associates and partners. The idea of a ‘liaison committee’ emerged on a corporate away-day on 7 September. The committee will consist of two partners and four associates and will be a “conduit of information” from associates to the partnership, said managing […]

CC advises arrangers on giant Norilsk mining deal

Clifford Chance has scooped the lead role on its second mega-deal in the past three months, advising on the financing of Norilsk Nickel’s acquisition of LionOre Mining International. The firm advised lead arrangers BNP Paribas and Société Générale on the $6bn (£2.95bn) loan to fund the acquisition of the Russian nickel giant. The deal comes […]

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