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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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Review of the panel reviews

Time for a tongue twister. Ready to review the year by remembering the (panel) reviews? Pretty partner Peter Piper pitched for a place on the panel, so please pay attention. Let’s start with Barclays, which after a 12-month extension has kicked off its review with a new-look structure. Its new roster will be divided in […]

Federal agencies adopt final Volcker Rule and extend conformance period

Federal regulators have voted to approve the ‘Volcker Rule’, more than two years after the rule’s proposal in 2011. The Fed, FDIC, OCC, CFTC and SEC issued adopting releases and jointly approved a final rule that generally includes tougher restrictions on banking entities’ proprietary trading activities than those proposed in 2011, but expands the types […]

US firm eyes Northern Ireland for TV work

What do you get when you put a US firm in Northern Ireland and mix it up with the makers of Game of Thrones? No, not another reality TV show. In this fantasy, dragons have been replaced with senior HBO lawyers and the fictional world of Westeros swapped for the University of Ulster. The battle […]

DLA Piper advises BTG Pactual on $132.8m project bond for power project in Peru

DLA Piper has advised BTG Pactual as arranger and placement agent of a $132.8m (£80m) project bond offering by Planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Eten, a Peru-based power generation company. The offering was to finance a 20-year concession to build, develop, operate and maintain a new thermal cold-reserve power plant, transmission line and […]

Employment law 2013 review: holiday pay

Holiday entitlement is important to individuals. Where and when one spends much deserved rest and recovery often takes months of thoughtful planning. A worker who believes they have not been given the correct holiday leave or pay will feel aggrieved. Once again, the long-running saga of how to deal with holiday leave entitlement for those […]

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