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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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Carnival's P&O bid receives boost as Shearman steps in

Carnival’s hostile takeover bid for P&O Princess has received a leg-up from Shearman & Sterling’s London office A public legal opinion from the firm helped persuade shareholders of P&O to postpone their Valentine’s Day vote on the P&O-Royal Caribbean merger in order to consider further the Carnival bid.The opinion indicated that shareholders could postpone without […]

First Scottish solicitor QC

McGrigor Donald’s partner Robert Craig Connal has become the first Scottish solicitor-advocate to become Queen’s Counsel. The Scottish First Minister appointed 11 new Scottish QCs last Friday (15 February).

Maclays pilots equity for fees

Scotland’s largest independent law firm Maclay Murray & Spens has taken equity in lieu of fees for the first time The move comes at a time when most firms have given up on an idea that began to come into vogue during the dotcom boom, before the value of equity in dotcoms came crashing down.Maclays […]

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Simmons & Simmons (Nick Norris, Sean Bulmer) advised Pacific Century CyberWorks (PCCW) on its $450m (£314m) bond issue with the option to issue a further $67.5m (£47m) of bonds, convertible into PCCW shares. Allen & Overy (Francis Bridgeman) advised a committee of Kvaerner senior creditors, including ABN Amro, Barclays Bank, Den Norske Bank, Norddeutsche Landesbank […]

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