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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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Norton Rose takes team for Milan

Norton Rose is opening a new office in Milan with the entire civil team from two-partner firm Studio Legale Vassallie. The civil and criminal practice of Vassallie has split and the 11-lawyer civil group is moving with former managing partner Roberto Cornetta. The new office is due to open in September. The team will also […]

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Winston & Strawn, the Chicago firm, is poised to merge with the New York office of Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan to boost its City presence to 250 lawyers. The talks, which were revealed in The Lawyer (27 March), have been finalised and Winston & Strawn partners will finish voting today. A merger is due […]

Eleven set to quit One Essex Court

Eleven civil practitioners are leaving the common law chambers of Sir Ivan Lawrence QC at One Essex Court to join the chambers of Richard King at 5 Paper Buildings, creating a 33-strong set . Discussions about the future of One Essex Court are currently taking place but no one was available for comment. Head of […]

The policy for bar mergers

I refer to the 17 July article on page three about the Bar Council’s “Barmark” mergers policy. I am writing to clarify our policy: 1. If chambers are proposing to merge, this should be made clear in their business plan and to BSI on the validation visit. Provisions should be made as to how the […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna represented TranXenoGen on its £60m initial public offering (IPO) on AIM. The IPO included a placing of 6.25m shares at £2 each

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