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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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Let’s admit from the outset that launching a tax practice hardly elicits whoops of excitement. It may not be the sexiest work in the world, but at the moment a good tax partner is at the top of a lot of managing partners’ wish lists. First there was Stephen Fiamma jumping ship to Allen & […]

Sidley & Austin hires Asian law specialists for Los Angeles office

Sidley & Austin has recruited a team of lawyers with Asian expertise to bolster its Los Angeles practice. Joon Yong Kim, Allen Kim and David Miyamoto are joining as partners from US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey, which merged with Graham & James earlier in the year. Yong Kim has experience in corporate, M&A and […]

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Fat cats or skinny kittens? Freeserve employees probably feel like neither at the moment. The management is currently considering recalculating employee share options because their value has plummeted. And if, like Freeserve, you don’t have any assets, the retention of good staff – and preventing them going to rivals – is critical. Golden handcuffs have […]

Glas Cymru

Glas Cymru launches a second bid for Welsh Water with a £1.8bn offer financed wholly by debt, with debt funding provided by Citibank and Royal Bank of Scotland.Linklaters & Alliance is advising Glas Cymru. Clifford Chance is representing Citibank and Royal Bank of Scotland.

MoFo appoints new chair

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has elected senior finance partner Keith Wetmore as the firm’s new chair. Wetmore assumed leadership of the 18-office firm on 1 November, after former chair Stephen Dunham completed his four-year term. Dunham will resume his litigation practice full time in the Denver office. Wetmore says: “Under Stephen’s visionary […]

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