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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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Norton Rose advised HSBC Investment Bank in its role as sponsor to Brewin Dolphin Holdings on its placing of new ordinary shares which will raise £12m. The funds will be used to finance part of the proposed acquisition by subsidiary Brewin Dolphin Securities of Hill Osborne & Co. Norton Rose corporate finance partner Barbara Stephenson […]

Getting a piece of the American pie

When the Americans began encroaching on territory traditionally marked out by City firms, the reaction was apoplectic. But some small specialist players have now seen the potential for lucrative relationships with their US counterparts. When US firms first opened in London, it struck fear in the hearts of lawyers in the City who were terrified […]

Analysis

When Cadwalader Wickersham &Taft lost Paul Griffin to Herbert Smith, it not only put a question mark over the future of the firm’s projects group but also the direction of the London operation. Catrin Griffiths asks where the firm goes from here Remember Chadbourne & Parke? It offered lots of money, hired some people, they […]

Dickinson Dees steals head of private equity from Eversheds

Eversheds’ Newcastle head of private equity is jumping ship to join north-east rival Dickinson Dees. Equity partner Helen Tavorges is expected to join Dickinson Dees in August. She was at Wilkinson Maughan – which merged with Eversheds in 1997 – for 16 years. The appointment is part of Dickinson Dees’ ongoing plans to bolster its […]

One Essex Court suffers defection number five

Premier commercial set One Essex Court has lost another senior practitioner – its fifth departure in as many months. Michael Rollason, a senior junior specialising in commercial insolvency and company litigation, has quit to join rival “magic circle” set Brick Court Chambers. Rollason is rated as one of the top commercial senior juniors currently at […]

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