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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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Akin Gump hires top partner from local rival

Washington DC firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is taking on the head of litigation from local rival Miller & Chevalier. James Tuite, who is also a member of the 100-lawyer firm’s executive committee, will be a partner in Akin Gump’s litigation group in Washington. Tuite has handled a raft of complex civil litigation […]

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Gulf Investment Corporation and Companhia Vale do Rio Doce purchase Gulf Industrial Investment Corporation from Kuwait Petroleum Corporation for $183m (£126m). Gulf Investment and Companhia Vale advised by Norton Rose (John Inglis) with local advice by Hassan Radhi & Associates. Kuwait Petroleum advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

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ITE Group recieves cash subscription from private equity house VS&A Communications Partners and undertakes a placing and open offer to raise approximately £40m. ITE represented by Olswang (Stephen Hermer), and VS&A advised by Allen & Overy (Jeremy Hunt).

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Company investigations are invariably conducted by specialist government agencies, such as the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), the Financial Services Authority, the Inland Revenue, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Each is given powers by statute to obtain documents and answers by compulsion. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has similar […]

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