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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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Collas Crill completes on Proaulx premature baby foundation property purchas

Collas Crill’s UK Real Estate Team has completed on the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation’s purchase of The Burrow; a property near Southampton General Hospital. While the Foundation currently leases a flat available to Guernsey families, The Burrow is the first property owned by the Foundation, purchased due to the high demand of local families needing […]

Kinstellar’s Logesová named Vice-Chair of IBA Anti-Corruption Committee

Jitka Logesová, a Partner at Kinstellar’s Prague office, has been named a Vice-Chair of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Anti-Corruption Committee. During her term she will begin taking the lead on some Committee projects, including proposing and organising a regional anti-corruption conference in Central Europe. She has 20 years’ experience advising leading international groups, financial […]

Conyers advises Athene on $1.1bn IPO

Conyers has advised Athene Holding on its $1.1bn IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, with its shares finishing more than 10 per cent higher than its initial public offering price. The offering was the third largest IPO in the US this year, according to Bloomberg News. The Conyers team comprised Charles Collis and Kent […]

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