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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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The season to (try to) be jolly

It hasn’t been the best year for the legal profession, as you can see in this issue. But there have been a few highlights to remember. Pantomime villains of the year: Vinay Veneik; Beresfords; Melvyn Weiss (Milberg Weiss). Most right-wing magic circle firm: Allen & Overy, the one to donate the most money to the […]

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Barristers’ data stolen in Bar Council robbery

Contact details and personal information for all practising barristers has been stolen during a burglary at the Bar Council. The robbery on Friday evening resulted in the theft of a laptop and four hard drives containing addresses and contact details of barristers, the account numbers of some 3,000 direct debit payers and witness details from […]

CC, O’Melveny advise on £1.8bn fund raising

Clifford Chance and O’Melveny & Myers have jointly advised emerging markets private equity house Actis on a rare fundraising in persistently challenging markets. Actis, which focuses exclusively on emerging market investments, has raised a total of $2.9bn (£1.88bn) for Actis Emerging Markets 3. At Clifford Chance, partners Jason Glover and Ed Gander and associate Peter […]

Paul Hastings lawyer suspended over insider dealing claims

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker lawyer Eric Holzer has been suspended from the firm over his alleged part in suspected insider trading at Lehman Brothers. Holzer, a tax associate in the New York office of Paul Hastings, is accused of being part of an insider trading ring with Lehman traders Jamil Bouchareb, Daniel Corbin, Frederick […]

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