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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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Land Securities set to review legal advisers

Land Securities’ proposed acquisition of Trillium has raised questions about future legal provision, currently provided by Nabarro Nathanson and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer respectively. It is understood that a panel of outsourcing advisers could be set up following the acquisition of Trillium by Land Securities. Since it was formed in 1997 to take on the DSS […]

Collins Stewart

SJ Berwin won the work on Collins Stewart’s £326m IPO because of a previous deal – thanks to corporate partner Graham White, who joined the firm from Dickson Minto last year. Earlier this year, SJ Berwin was invited by the chief executive and chairman (White already had existing relationships with both) to pitch for the […]

Initial public offering

Initial public offering (IPO) of Pearson-owned Spanish group Recoletos. Recoletos advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (John Byrne). Global coordinator and bookrunner Goldman Sachs advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton London (Sebastian Sperber).

Edwards Geldard and Eking Manning merge

Edwards Geldard has expanded its East Midlands presence by merging with Nottingham-based Eking Manning to create a 40-partner firm. The merger follows full-partnership votes in both firms in September and boosts its annual fee income to £15m. Cardiff-based Edwards Geldard first entered the region 11 years ago when it opened in Derby, a move prompted […]

Amvescap

Amvescap in £1.05bn bid for fund managers Perpetual. Amvescap advised by Schroders Salomon Smith Barney, De Guardiola Advisors and Ashurst Morris Crisp. Perpetual advised by Merrill Lynch, Cazenove and Simmons & Simmons (Mark Curtis, Grant Macpherson, Adrian Mayer, Jacqueline Petts, Marcus Young)

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