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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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CC senior partner contenders square up for round three

The contenders for Clifford Chance&#39s senior partner role face another agonising week of voting after the second round failed to produce a clear winner Thomas Gasteyer, Clifford Chance&#39s corporate partner and deputy chairman, has been knocked out of the race, leaving Stuart Popham, head of global finance, and John Beechey, head of the international commercial […]

DEAL OF THE WEEK – HARVEY NICHOLS

Macfarlanes to take Harvey Nicks private Macfarlanes has landed its first deal for Dickson Poon, the majority owner of Harvey Nichols, as the Hong Kong businessman pushes ahead with plans to take the Knightsbridge-based store private.The firm won the mandate after it was recommended by investment bank JP Morgan, which is also acting on its […]

Herbert Smith boosts Gleiss tie in £260m Johnson Matthey deal

Herbert Smith has galvanised its alliance with Gleiss Lutz after persuading Johnson Matthey to use the German firm for its £260m acquisition of ICI’s catalyst business Synetix.The deal, which is part of ICI’s drive to reduce its £2.3bn debt mountain, required both German and Indian legal expertise as the transaction also included the disposal of […]

Irwin Mitchell to close practices in the Midlands

Irwin Mitchell is closing down three of its four commercial groups in Birmingham, leaving 15 jobs hanging in the balance, including those of its six fee-earners and two trainees The national firm is closing its Birmingham insolvency, corporate finance and property departments, leaving only employment as its remaining commercial offering in the Midlands. It aims […]

New tenants for 199 Strand

Four new tenants have been recruited by 199 Strand. Anthony Higgins, a commercial and professional negligence barrister, has joined from the now defunct Goldsmith Buildings. Employment, immigration and commercial litigation specialist Alan Payne has moved from 1 Harcourt Buildings. Meanwhile, housing and employment barrister Kuljit Bhogal has joined the set from Bracton Chambers, and common […]

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