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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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News in Brief

DLA has been appointed to act for KPMG in the liquidation of the international engineering group TransTec. The company has 28 subsidiaries, 16 of which are still active, but so far only the holding company, TransTec, is going into liquidation. Partners Myles Halley and Richard Hassall are acting on behalf of KPMG and Jeremy Bowden […]

Financing

Davis Polk & Wardwell acted for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Private Equity and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding in relation to the arrangement of $350m (£233m) in financings for Choice One Communications. Partner Leonard Kreynin acted with an eight-strong team on the deal. US firm Nixon Peabody represented Choice One.

Minter Ellison scoops government contract

Minter Ellison has fought off the the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) to win a contract with the Australian government. The firm and the AGS pitched to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia (AFFA), which is outsourcing all its in-house legal capability. The AGS will continue working for the department as an external legal […]

Berwin Leighton

Berwin Leighton acted for Touch Clarity and one of its founders Paul Phillips on an £2.5m equity investment made by NewMedia Spark and Jafco. Corporate partner David Segal led a team of five on the deal while Nabarro Nathanson represented NewMedia Spark and Jafco.

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