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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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Dechert highlights Islamic finance skill with innovative sukuk scheme

Dechert has acted on a key Islamic finance deal, advising on the establishment and London Stock Exchange listing of a $1bn (£485.87m) sukuk certificate issuance programme. A team led by London-based finance partner Abradat Kamalpour advised Dresdner Kleinwort and HSBC Bank as co-arrangers, dealers and bookrunners on the establishment of the programme for Bahrain’s Gulf […]

Partnerships

The flotation of Australian volume personal injury firm Slater & Gordon on the Australian Stock Exchange in May firmly placed the debate surrounding external investment and partnership structure reform back on most firms’ agendas. Although the Legal Services Bill is still making its way through Parliament, several firms have already thrown their proverbial hats into […]

Gareth John: Transport for London

With a panel review taking place alongside the continuing developments for the 2012 Olympics, TfL legal head Gareth John has a marathon remit. By Malar Velaigam Transport for London’s (TfL) 42-strong legal team has had an eventful year. The team scooped the In-house Public Sector Team of the Year Award at The Lawyer Awards 2007 […]

OFT verdict sparks class action against BA

US law firm Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll has kickstarted class actions in the US and the UK against British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic for their roles in the price-fixing cartel. The news comes as Slaughter and May, which was flown in to advise BA on the UK and US investigation into price-fixing allegations, […]

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Taylor Wessing ‘s annual event, which gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘liquid lunch’, took place on Friday 20 July. The firm’s annual waterski day, hosted, as usual, by senior partner Martin Winter, unfortunately suffered from the Noah-like conditions. Still, what’s a little rain when you’re in a wetsuit? Winter put the day […]

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