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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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Industry stars to judge The Lawyer Awards 2011

The Lawyer has ­assembled a stellar list of judges for The Lawyer Awards 2011 this summer. The annual awards ­ceremony, which this year will take place in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday 21 June, is about celebrating excellence across private practice, the public sector, commerce and industry, and the bar. It is unquestionably the biggest night of the year […]

Playing the yield

With banks putting double knots on the purse strings, Jack Kantrowitz and Jamie Knox examine the rise in mid-cap businesses turning to the debt capital markets  In the wake of the global financial crisis, significant shifts have occurred in corporate finance ­markets. Many of these changes, including the decreased availability of certain structured finance […]

Daily Telegraph apologises to Sedley LJ over defamatory allegations

The Daily Telegraph is to issue a formal apology to Lord Justice Sedley over a series of “professionally damaging” allegations which appeared in the paper last year. It is extremely rare for a judge to launch libel proceedings, but this is the second time Sedley LJ has secured a newspaper apology. In 1996 The Independent […]

Ashurst and LG scoop lead roles on £756m CGNPC offer

Ashurst and Lawrence Graham (LG) have snared the lead roles on a deal that marks one of the first incursions into the listed UK market by a state-owned Chinese company. Ashurst is acting for state-owned energy group CGNPC Uranium Resources on its £756m recommended possible cash offer for Kalahari Minerals. The City firm won the […]

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