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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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Slaughter and May under fire for conflict on LSE bid

Magic circle firm in tactical gaffe as dual role gives Deutsche Börse ammunition on LSE battle Slaughter and May under fire for conflict on LSE bid” />Deutsche Börse last week appealed to the Takeover Panel for a ruling that Euronext, its rival bidder for the London Stock Exchange (LSE), is acting “in concert” or collaborating […]

Careers: people

Moon Beever has hired Davis Arnold Cooper’s former head of business recovery Shashi Rajani as a partner in its insolvency and business recovery team. Rajani was formerly a barrister in both London and Tanzania and an insolvency manager with Coopers & Lybrand. Cheshire firm Forshaws has strengthened its Warrington commercial division with two commercial lawyers. […]

Arnold & Porter in eight-partner swoop on Dorsey NY

Washington DC’s Arnold & Porter is dramatically beefing up its New York capability after a devastating eight-partner raid on Dorsey & Whitney. The group, boasting senior partners and a number of practice heads, will bolster Arnold & Porter’s New York offering in litigation and corporate transactions and will add a hedge funds practice for the […]

Beattie calls on Hill Dickinson to advise on Everton transfer

Hill Dickinson has scored a success for its sports department after advising on the £6m transfer of Premiership footballer James Beattie from Southampton to Everton . Sports partner Chris Farnell won the work for Beattie at the start of this year’s first ‘transfer window’ – one of the two periods in the year during which clubs can […]

Lovells Berlin partner quits to launch real estate boutique

Lovells is losing Berlin-based tax and real estate partner Nikolaus Ley. It is understood that Ley is not affected by the firm’s radical plans to axe 25 partners in a bid to improve flagging profitability. Ley resigned formally last Friday (21 January). According to a well placed source Ley is planning to launch his own […]

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