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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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Legal Services team braced for compulsory redundancies as RAC outsources solicitors

The RAC is dramatically slashing its Bristol-based Legal Services division in a move that affects 90 lawyers and staff. An ongoing review has resulted in the decision to outsource the division’s solicitors’ practice, which employs 46 lawyers and staff, as well as the 34-strong Uninsured Loss Recovery team. The employees concerned, who were informed of the decision […]

A&O scoops O’Melveny partner in NYC

Allen & Overy has further bolstered its New York presence with the hire of banking specialist Elizabeth Leckie from O’Melveny & Myers.Leckie’s hire follows that of structured finance partners Howard Goldwasser and Lawton Camp from the New York office… Allen & Overy (A&O) has further bolstered its New York presence with the hire of banking […]

North West boom helps Brabners to record year

Brabners Chaffe Street has broken through two significant financial barriers as North West firms continue to post strong end-of-year results. The firm’s turnover rose by 20 per cent to £21m, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) soaring by 30 per cent to a predicted £340,000, up from £260,000 last year. The announcement comes just […]

No debt about it

Sharia-compliant sukuks have been attracting notice on the international financial markets, but a regulatory framework is essential if they are to realise their potential, says Roger Wedderburn-Day The rapid development of the sukuk, or Islamic trust certificate, market has garnered significant attention from the international financial world. Initiated in 2002 with the $600m (£323.9m) global […]

DLA Piper training wins College of Law approval

The College of Law has given accreditation to DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary’s restructuring and recovery training programme. The diploma will be offered by DLA Piper’s business support and restructuring group (BS&R). This is the first time that the College of Law has accredited an in-house restructuring and recovery training programme, and the firm says […]

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