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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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SJ Berwin is offering the biggest bonuses in the City after overhauling its bonus structure, gifting associates up to 75 per cent of base salary. Two year-PQE associates earning £66,000 could receive bonuses of up to £49,500, while three year-PQE associates earning £74,000 could pocket up to £129,500 in total. As first revealed on www.the […]

The great leveller

Age regulations have left some gaping holes in the clarification of some pension benefits. Katie Banks and Jill Clucas report Age discrimination is a hot topic, with far-reaching anti-discrimination provisions applying to pension arrangements from 1 December this year. But trustees and employers have been hampered in their preparations for the new legislation by important […]

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Addleshaws bags hedge fund manager MBO role

Addleshaw Goddardhas advised on the management buyout (MBO) of a fund of hedge fund managers. Addleshaws corporate partner Tim Bee advised management group Atlas Capital Associates (Acal) along with Cayman firm Maples & Calder. The group bought out Atlas Capital Group Holding, which was advised by Swiss firm Lenz & Staehelin and Luxembourg’s Elvinger Hoss […]

Simmons left red-faced over green gaffe

Simmons & Simmons is being very naughty. We’re all for going green, but the City firm has been spinning a little too much in its latest release. It’s claiming to be the first international law firm to go carbon-neutral. Wrong. Let’s hope managing partner Mark Dawkins doesn’t pursue that line too much. It’s rather offended […]

Ashfords lures maritime specialist

Ashfords has a new head of maritime following the hire of Charles Hattersley from Plymouth-based rival Foot Anstey. Hattersley joins the firm as partner in the Plymouth office. He is accompanied by marine assistant Ashley Axten, who will be based at the firm’s Bristol office. Hattersley spent 15 years in the Submarine Service before qualifying […]

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