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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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Charles Russell posts boom figures

Charles Russell has achieved an 18 per cent increase in turnover on last year, with average profits per equity partner up by 25 per cent Its turnover was £35.6m in 2000 compared with £30m in 1999, as reported in The Lawyer 100 Survey.Equity partners made an average of £250,000 profit this year, an increase on […]

US firms keep power at home

Only 20 per cent of the top US firms in London give their UK-qualified partners roles on their global executive, according to a survey by The Lawyer Just nine out of the 25 firms questioned had London-based partners on their most senior strategic committee, and of those nine, only five were UK-qualified.The most influential UK […]

Corporate joy for Fladgates

For the first time in Fladgate Fielder’s 200-year history, the corporate department has outperformed its flagship property team An increase of M&A and blue-book work helped bring £6.7m into the corporate department compared with property’s £6.6m. Other areas that helped increase the firm’s income to more than £15m, 26 per cent up on last year, […]

A&O acts for UBS Warburg on Sainsbury securitisation

Allen & Overy (A&O) has advised UBS Warburg as the lead manager on British Land Company’s £575m securitisation of J Sainsbury’s supermarkets. The deal comes on the back of British Land’s prestigious Broadgate office development in the City, launched in April 1999. In that transaction, A&O advised Morgan Stanley as the lead arranger.The firm’s relationship […]

Camerons hikes telecoms group with Nortel capture

CMS Cameron McKenna has scored a major coup with the hire of Nortel Networks’ general counsel to its technology group David Roberts joins at the beginning of August and will head the firm’s telecoms team, part of the CMS Technologies Practice Group. He has held his position at Nortel, the global manufacturer and supplier of […]

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