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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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Brief encounter: brobeck hale and dorr

When Brobeck Hale and Dorr raided Morgan Cole’s Thames Valley office to open its Oxford outpost last year, it did not make itself too many friends. Hiring three partners from a regional firm, with whom it had until then worked closely, was seen as dirty tactics, even for a US firm. It became the first […]

A&O and Dechert flex their property muscles in BPT deal

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Dechert have consolidated their reputations in public-to-private property work by advising the borrower and lenders in the recommended £477m bid for BPT. BPT is the UK’s largest-quoted owner of tenanted residential property in the private sector. It effectively announced that it would quit the stock market last June, by saying […]

Eversheds lands role of main property firm to Littlewoods

Littlewoods, the retail chain, has appointed Eversheds as its lead property adviser after a competitive tender process aimed at streamlining legal outsourcing. Five regional firms were invited to tender for the work. It is understood that Addleshaw Booth & Co, Cuff Roberts, DLA and Maclay Murray & Spens will cease to do Littlewoods property work […]

CIBC world markets

This is the first deal the London office of White & Case has closed for CIBC World Markets. Head of bank finance Maurice Allen scooped the deal through existing relationships with individuals in the bank’s leveraged finance group. Executive director of leveraged finance Europe at CIBC Jonathan Rowland, who used to be at Barclays, had […]

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