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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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Latham & Watkins and White & Case have landed roles on one of Qatar’s largest-ever dollar-denominated Islamic bond issuances. The $4bn (£2.6bn) bond sold by the State of Qatar will comprise one tranche of trust certificates worth $2bn due in 2018 and a second $2bn tranche due in 2023. Qatar has not disclosed the purpose […]

Lawyers prepare for court showdown as NotW hacking charges revealed

Kingsley Napley, DLA Piper and Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) have been instructed to represent eight senior journalists and executives charged over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Until now News International has managed to avoid the civil courts, aiming to settle all claims relating to the fallout (19 January 2012). This morning the […]

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Olympian effort

With London 2012 just days away, Katy Dowell examines the legal wranglings needed to get some athletes to the starting line When the participating athletes arrive in London’s East End for the Olympics later this week they will have access to some of the country’s leading litigators and barristers. Never has the presence of the […]

Moves: 23 July 2012

Taylor Wessing has brought on partner Alix Prentice to its financial services regulatory team. Move of the week Taylor Wessing has brought on partner Alix Prentice to its financial services regulatory team. Prentice, a specialist in financial services regulation and instruments, will focus on advising funds, investment managers, broker-dealers, investment banks and insurers on market […]

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Allen & Overy and Freshfields join raft of firms on Deutsche Annington refinancing

Allen & Overy and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have scooped lead roles on a €4.3bn (£3.3bn) debt refinancing deal for Germany property owner Deutsche Annington Immobilien. The agreement will see Deutsche Annington, a portfolio company of London-based private equity group Terra Firma, refinance its debt in the wake of poor market conditions. It will allow the […]

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