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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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Brabners mulls lay-offs after bleak forecast

North West-based firm Brabners Chaffe Street is contemplating lay-offs in its construction and property finance groups after gloomy predictions for 2008. It is understood that four assistants in the Liverpool office have been told their jobs are on the line. Managing ;partner Michael Brabner refused to comment on redundancies, but said: “We’re looking at requirements […]

Trio of firms seal Russian vodka deal

A trio of US firms have been handed roles as UK private equity house Lion Capital buys Russia’s biggest vodka brand in a deal worth $600m (£303m). Weil Gotshal is representing Lion Capital, with London-based corporate partner Ian Hamilton working alongside Michael Francies and tax partner Sarah Priestley. Russian Alcohol, which makes Green Mark Vodka, […]

Allen & Overy launches Romanian alliance

Allen & Overy launches Romanian alliance” />Allen & Overy has launched a presence in Romania, signing an exclusive association with local firm Radu Taracila Padurari Retevoescu SCA (RTPR). The alliance will be up and running from the start of July. A&O has announced the move in the same week that its magic circle rivals Linklaters […]

Woodfines ties knot with Cambridge firm

#Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire firm Woodfines Solicitors has expanded into Cambridge by merging with regional outfit Matthews Winter & Bullock (MWB). The new office will be called Woodfines Winter & Bullock before transferring to the Woodfines brand after a year. Conveyancing and private client specialist firm MWB will benefit from Woodfines’ commercial offering. Woodfines has benefited […]

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