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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 […]

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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 […]

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Camerons augments Integreon tie with HR hire

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Allen & Overy and Freshfields lead as Virgin Money buys Northern Rock

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer both had key roles advising on Virgin Money’s acquisition of nationalised bank Northern Rock, with the deal officially unveiled this morning. Virgin Money will pay £747m for Northern Rock – the ’good half’ of the bank that includes its 75 branches – creating an entity with four […]

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Shoosmiths usurps Linklaters as most diverse firm

Shoosmiths has knocked Linklaters off of the top spot in this year’s Black Solicitors Network’s Diversity League Table (DLT). Linklaters came first in the overall diversity league table last year, followed by Baker & McKenzie and Norton Rose. This year Linklaters comes in at number two with third place going to O’Melveny & Myers. Shoosmiths […]

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