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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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Halliwells hikes City property with new trio

Halliwells has made a triple property hire in London. The firm has recruited Tim Hart, a senior associate at Norton Rose, as a partner. David Couple joins Halliwells as a consultant from Lovells, where he held the same position, while solicitor Salim Dasu joins from Eversheds. Halliwells London property head Simon Hardwick said the firm […]

Europe finds its own way in the second lien market

CC pioneered it, but now everyone’s got second liens on their CVs. By Catrin Griffiths Linklaters.gif” alt=”Europe finds its own way in the second lien market” />The emergence of second lien financing prompts a question that lawyers don’t really have an answer for. Is second lien a stretched senior or is it just glorified mezz? […]

One Essex Court junior decamps to Brick Court

In a rare move between two of the bar’s commercial elite, Brick Court Chambers has picked up a new junior tenant from One Essex Court Daniel Jowell, a competition specialist of 10 years’ call, joined Brick Court last Monday (7 March). His arrival brings the number of barristers at Brick Court to 62. Jowell’s move is designed to develop […]

UK ‘pirates’ and organisers of Mipim call truce on jetée war

Ticket-only policy dropped as German and Japanese property takes centre stage The sun was shining again this year on Mipim, the annual Cannes real estate conference, despite friction between UK law firms and the event’s organisers. DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary – one among a group of objectors – threatened to injunct the organisers over […]

Paul Hastings makes London corporate hire

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has recruited a new corporate partner to its London team. Samantha Hampshire, an expert in UK and cross-border M&A work and in the energy projects and power sector, was previously a partner at fellow US firm Baker Botts. Paul Hastings’ London office now has four partners and a total of […]

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