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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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african lakes corporation

Simmons & Simmons has advised African Lakes Corporation on its dual listing, which makes it the only company to be listed on both the Nairobi and London stock exchanges. Canaccord Capital, advised by SJ Berwin, acted as its corporate broker and Close Brothers Corporate Finance, advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp, was the sponsor. More than […]

Corporate

Barclays Private Equity sells its 65 per cent shareholding in Luton Airport to TBI for £82m. Barclays Private Equity advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Simon Beddow). TBI advised by Norton Rose (Jillian Gauntlett). Croda International sells its worldwide resin business to Cray Valley for £17m. Croda International advised by Addleshaw Booth & Co (Sean Lippell). […]

deal of the week – swiss life

Manchester niche commercial firm Perkins & Company now advises insurance giant Swiss Life on the majority of its UK property needs. The client was introduced by head of property Clive Bleasdale when he joined from Berrymans Lace Mawer 14 months ago. Since then, Bleasdale has advised Swiss Life on the acquisition of offices at Cannon […]

a year ago this week

Norton Rose and Linklaters beat A&O and CC to bank’s £4m panel Toronto-Dominion Bank (TDB) reduced its legal panel from 20 firms to just two – Linklaters and Norton Rose. TDB’s total annual legal budget was over £4m. Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy were ousted as TDB’s legal advisers after a beauty parade was […]

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