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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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European firms in London: Brexit won’t stop us

In the past a few years the number of European firms with an office in London has gradually expanded and now stands at around 40. Italian firms Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners and Macchi di Cellere Gangemi are among the latest entrants.

Karanović and Freshfields advise on UniCredit Bank Austria takeover

Karanović & Nikolić, together with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has supported UniCredit in a recently closed takeover of the CEE business of UniCredit Bank Austria, including shareholdings in 13 banks in Southern Europe and CEE  as well as a relevant loan portfolio. Freshfields and Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner were the lead advisers on the transaction, while Karanović & […]

World of disruption may herald boom time for litigators

Last week The Lawyer’s editorial team was putting the finishing touches to this year’s Global Litigation 50 report. When the news of Donald Trump’s election victory broke. Most of the conversations we had from last Wednesday onwards with New York-, Washington DC- and California-based lawyers were muted, to say the least. Several sounded like they […]

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