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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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Money Laundering Bulletin — winter 2013

DLA Piper’s financial services regulatory team has released the winter 2013 edition of its Money Laundering Bulletin. In this issue, the firm looks at the European Union’s action plan to tackle organised crime, corruption and money laundering and the recent injunction temporarily preventing Barclays from dropping one of Somalia’s biggest remittance providers as a client. DLA […]

Federal regulators release Volcker Rule final regulations

By Jeffrey L Hare, Christopher N Steelman and Evan R Minsberg Five federal financial regulatory agencies have released final rules implementing section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 619 created section 13 in the Bank Holding Company Act (BHC Act) to generally prohibit any banking entity from engaging in […]

Europe

European moves: 12 December 2013

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is joining German best friend Hengeler Mueller with an office in Shanghai, its second Chinese base (5 December 2013). The Shanghai office will open in mid-2014 and will be led by partner Gaby Smeenk. Smeenk, a […]

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TSB names Post Office GC as new legal head

TSB Bank has named Susan Crichton, previously the Post Office general counsel, as its first general counsel. Crichton joins the bank on 6 January 2014 and will head up the bank’s preparations for an IPO. The appointment follows the recent split of Lloyds TSB Bank. In September Lloyds Banking Group named corporate and M&A head […]

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