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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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5 Fountain Court inaugurates national network of barristers

Anthony Barker QC’s 104-strong Birmingham set 5 Fountain Court has introduced the practice of hiring barristers from London and other regions who will not be forced to move when they start at the set.`Crime specialist Ian Bridge from Mitre Court Chambers, which dissolved this week, and two personal injury (PI) barristers will move to 5 […]

Secret Service documents to be released

Dechert is to ask the Treasury Solicitor to hand over secret service documents relating to the prosecution of the former director of Ordtec John Grecian, who is suing Customs & Excise for more than £1m in damages for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office.`Dechert senior assistant solicitor Lawrence Kormornick will bring the case after […]

Hewitsons figures are bittersweet

Cambridge-based Hewitson Becke + Shaw has increased its turnover by only 10 per cent, while its profits soared by 35 per cent.`Last year profits per partner were £135,000, but partners can expect to be taking home an average of £193,000 this year. However, turnover figures are far more modest, increasing from £15-£16.5m.`A Hewitsons spokesman denied […]

Milbank to lead creditors in Pacific Gas bankruptcy case

New York firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has scooped work advising a creditors’ committee on one of the US’s most complicated bankruptcies – that of California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company.`The firm saw off competition from rivals understood to have included Sidley & Austin, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Paul Hastings Janofsky & […]

Ashursts’ Paris practice closes giant Euro buyout

The Paris office of Ashurst Morris Crisp has completed one of Europe’s largest ever buyouts for longstanding clients CDC Equity Capital and Charterhouse General Partners.`The pair of private equity houses have bought the contracting sector of Alstom Holdings for euro770m (£466.4m) plus more than euro600m (£363.4m) of extracted cash.`Alstom’s contracting sector employs 25,000 people in […]

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