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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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Linklaters in-house survey suggests mass unrest

Linklaters & Alliance is facing a potential assistant exodus if the results of a firm-wide survey are to be believed. According to a number of sources, a “climate” survey sent out to all the firm’s offices reveals that a high percentage of assistants in certain groups of the practice are planning to leave the firm. […]

The prying game

There is, as the cliché goes, no such thing as an easy divorce. But when the split involves high-profile celebrity clients, jockeying for position in the hearts of an adoring public through the press can be as much of an issue as who keeps the St Tropez villa. For a lawyer whose professional ethics embrace […]

Sumitomo Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation sells its 50 per cent share in Vintners Place to Wates City of London Properties. Sumitomo advised by Linklaters (Patrick Plant), Wates advised by Clifford Chance (Damian Perry).

Eversheds moves Leeds head to London

Eversheds is attempting to join the City private equity race as it relocates its Leeds head of corporate to head its London department. Ian Richardson, who was head of corporate at Eversheds’ Leeds office for 18 months, is relocating to London with two associates to shore up the two-partner City private equity group. He will […]

JLPBS

JLPBS Forbury, a joint venture between John Laing Property and the Bank of Scotland, acquires Energis House in Reading. Two leasehold interests were surrendered by Caradon and Energis. CMS Cameron McKenna advised JLPBS Forbury (David Saunders) and Caradon (Colin Jesson). Davies Arnold Cooper advised Energis (Ian Hunter).

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