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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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Maples Teesdale (Chris Wilkinson, Declan Power) advised Royal & Sun-Alliance on the forward funding of a £50m retail park in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, to be jointly developed by Castlemore Securities and Dixons Stores Group. Castlemore advised by Wragge & Co (Marcus Blick). Dixons advised by SJ Berwin (Martin Wright). Berwin Leighton Paisner (Joanne Goddard) advised […]

Richards Butler wins anti-piracy court victory

Richards Butler has won the UK’s largest anti-piracy case, involving a fraudster who had been sought since the late 1980s.The British Phonographic Industry, the body that represents the music industry, instructed the firm’s specialist anti-piracy unit headed by Mike Northern. The scale of the case meant that local trading standards and police in Essex did […]

Blom-Cooper picked for Lloyd's litigation

Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC of Doughty Street Chambers has been appointed lead counsel to represent the appeal by Sir William Jaffray’s group of Lloyd’s Names. The selection follows a beauty parade of commercial silks, including Philip Valance QC of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, Michael Howard QC of 4 Essex Court, and John Reeder QC of […]

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A round up of stories from the UK and around the world Barlow Lyde hires Herbert Smith corporate lawyer Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is taking on corporate lawyer Pollyanna Deane from Herbert Smith. Deane will focus on M&A, demutualisations and other restructurings, and securitisations. She also specialises in the development of alternative risk products in […]

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