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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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Lovells and CMS Cameron McKenna are advising the preferred bidders selected by the Government last week to help run London Underground in a public-private partnership (PPP). Consortia advised by Slaughter and May, Linklaters & Alliance, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Ashursts were all knocked out of the race to run the two deep-line segments […]

Weil Gotshal completes first ports securitisation

The London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges has advised Nikko Principal Investments in connection with the first ever securitisation of European port revenues. The securitisation raised £305m, which was used to refinance Nikko’s acquisition of the ports of Tees and Hartlepool in the North East. The firm won the work in a pitch against […]

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Wednesday morning was spent down at the doctors, for our youngest child had thoughtfully inserted a paper clip up her nose. When asked why she had done it, she answered: “To see how far it would go.” A reply which, I fear, dooms us to a lifetime of waiting for the police to knock at […]

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Slaughter and May and Ashurst Morris Crisp have been appointed by Rotch Property Group as its “Level 1” advisers after completing the first phase of its panel review. The firms will advise on securitisation, capital markets, telecoms and IT work, while corporate and property “Level 2” work was awarded to Macfarlanes and Osborne Clarke. Memery […]

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