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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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Allen & Overy has advised Social Ventures Australia on an AUD7m (£4.3m) social benefit bond issuance for the funding of the UnitingCare Burnside Newpin Program, which works with Australian children living in foster care to return them safely to their families. The social benefit bonds were issued to a combination of high-net-worth and institutional investors. […]

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Clifford Chance makes new move into Italian competition with Bonelli hire

Clifford Chance has hired a Italian partner dedicated to competition law with the appointment of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo partner Luciano Di Via. Di Via will join Clifford Chance’s Rome office in August, although he will split his time between the Italian capital and the country’s finance centre Milan. The hire follows the departure of Cristoforo […]

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A broader view of insolvency

Yes, beware German liquidators, but also be aware of the range of their rights and responsibilities  While we agree with the view of Stephan Weber (Life in the Bust Lane, The Lawyer, 17 June) that you should be warned upon receipt of a letter from a German liquidator, we believe his article needs to be […]

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Ireland’s A&L Goodbody adds third US office in San Francisco

A&L Goodbody has added to its presence in the US with the launch of a San Francisco office. The move follows the firm’s launch in Palo Alto 18 months ago (22 December 2011), and gives A&L Goodbody its third office in the US. It has been present in New York for many years. Partner John […]

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