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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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Lessons from the credit crisis: a subtle shift in the long reach for top executives

As the extended aftermath of the 2007–08 subprime mortgage and global financial crisis continues to unfold, financial markets regulators have been criticised by members of the punditry for missed opportunities to charge senior executives. There are many sound reasons for this purported lapse in regulatory assertiveness. For offences that often require proof of fraudulent intent […]

The ins and outs of insider trading — part two

In its earlier client update on 4 February 2014, DLA Piper outlined the nature and scope of the insider trading prohibition under the Corporations Act and highlighted the extent of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s (ASIC’s) recent activity and success in the prosecution of insider trading and market misconduct offences. This follow-on article (designed […]

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ABS Gateley adds finance director to equity partnership

Gateley has made its first non-lawyer an equity partner after converting to an ABS structure in December. Finance director Neil Smith became an LLP member and full equity partner on 1 January 2014, senior partner Michael Ward said the firm was “delivering on a promises we made quite some time ago”. Ward said the firm […]

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Paul Hastings rejigs China leadership team

Paul Hastings has announced changes to its China leadership team following two incumbents’ moving back to the US. Paul Hastings has appointed corporate partner Sammy Li as its new Hong Kong office chair, succeeding predecessor Derek Roth. Meanwhile, the firm’s existing Shanghai chairman David Wang will take over management responsibilities of the Beijing office from […]

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