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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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Debevoise sets up Frankfurt office with two partner hires

New York-based law firm Debevoise & Plimpton has recruited two new partners to set up an office in Frankfurt, providing it with a German presence for the first time. Corporate partner Thomas Schürrle joined Debevoise at the beginning of May from German firm Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz. He will focus on international M&A. Tax partner Friedrich […]

Osborne Clarke and McGuinness merge

Osborne Clarke is launching an attack on the London property market by merging with niche West End property firm McGuinness Finch. Four property partners, two planning partners and one property litigation partner will join Osborne Clarke on 1 June, following several months of discussions. The team also includes five assistants. Founded in 1985, McGuinness earned […]

Jones Day appoints restructuring partner

Cleveland giant Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is taking on a senior restructuring partner from New York firm Weil Gotshal & Manges to expand its practice internationally. Corinne Ball will join Jones Day’s New York office to lead the restructuring practice and take responsibility for the global expansion of the business reorganisation and bankruptcy practice. […]

Lovells bags Ericsson work

Lovells is advising on the first pan-European property outsourcing deal involving the £200m sale of property owned by cash-poor Swedish telecoms company Ericsson. Ericsson is close to sealing a deal to take a swathe of European properties off its balance sheet. The deal plays to Lovells’ strength as a leader in the property outsourcing business […]

BT plumps for Linklaters for the UK’s biggest rights issue

Linklaters & Alliance has reaffirmed its relationship with top client British Telecommunications (BT) and advised on its mammoth rights issue to raise £5.9bn. Linklaters advised BT on the deal – the UK’s biggest ever rights issue – even though the client has strayed in the last year, calling in Allen & Overy (A&O) to advise […]

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