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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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DAC faces legal battle from ex-division head

Davies Arnold Cooper’s former head of common law is poised to take legal action against the firm for breach of contract as the lawyer exodus continues. Malcolm Henke is understood to be on the verge of consulting counsel after DAC allegedly breached its contract by replacing him during a three-month notice period. Henke, head of […]

Allen joins White & Case

The breakaway banking team which walked out of the London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges in January is joining White & Case. The team, led by Maurice Allen, has joined forces with two lawyers from Clifford Chance and another defector from Weil Gotshal to form a six-partner finance team. Allen left Weil Gotshal four […]

Property

CMS Cameron McKenna represented Sainsbury’s Supermarkets on its £6.7m purchase of the Bretton Centre from Peterborough City Council. Property partner Mark Heighton was assisted by property solicitor Sally Purtell on the deal. Wragge & Co advised Peterborough City Council.

Scuffle of the week

Police sealed off the old court building in Santiago on Wednesday and traffic ground to a halt as clashes broke out in the Chilean capital between supporters and opposers of Augusto Pinochet when the hearing began to determine whether the former dictator would be stripped of his immunity to stand trial on human rights charges. […]

News in Brief

Weil Gotshal & Manges‘ London office has recruited a senior assistant from Clifford Chance to set up its European consumer finance practice. Andrew McLean, who will become a partner specialising in corporate, commercial and consumer finance trans-actions, has been at Clifford Chance for 12 years, working in both its London and Tokyo offices. Eversheds is […]

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