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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 […]

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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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Allen & Overy (A&O) has won a leading role on deals worth $278bn in the first half of 2018, making it the most prolific magic circle adviser of public M&A bids so far this year. According to preliminary data from Thomson Reuters, A&O was involved in 116 deals during the first half of this year, ranking […]

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Drinks giant Pernod Ricard names new general counsel

Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has brought on board a new general counsel to lead its legal team after the departure of longstanding chief Ian FitzSimons. He will be replaced by Amanda Hamilton-Stanley in September, who has led Chivas Brothers’ in-house team since 2011. Chivas is a brand company that works within the Pernod Ricard network […]

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Clifford Chance in the clear as SRA closes probe into RBS complaint

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will not launch an inquiry into a complaint made over Clifford Chance‘s 2014 investigation into the Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) treatment of small companies, The Lawyer can reveal. After pursuing the complaints, which alleged that the magic circle firm had overlooked fraud during its investigation, the SRA found nothing to suggest […]

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