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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 wins top spot in M&A table

UK and US firms witnessed a bumper year for M&A in 2000, despite a 20 per cent fall in deal activity and a marketplace increasingly dominated by regulators. In a survey of European deals completed in 2000 published by Thomson Financial Securities Data, Linklaters & Alliance came top (see table). The firm worked on 221 […]

Brief encounter: Mallesons

Mallesons Stephen Jaques appears to be something of an Anglophile. UK merger talks have been high on its agenda in recent years. When the on-off talks with Clifford Chance finally collapsed last year, it was understood to have jumped straight back into UK negotiations, this time with Linklaters & Alliance. Mallesons is one of only […]

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Both Fladgate Fielder, which acted on the property aspects of this deal, and corporate adviser DJ Freeman have longstanding relationships with Capital & Regional (C&R). At Fladgates, the C&R relationship has been developed by property partner Eammon Cannon. Other recent Fladgates deals C&R include its joint venture to develop the integrated retail and leisure scheme […]

Lovells reiterates commitment to Hong Kong with new managing partner

Allan Leung is taking over the post from Roddy McKean who, after heading up the post for over three years, has relocated to London to act on a corporate deal. Leung, a commercial litigation and dispute resolution partner, has practiced at Lovells for 11 years. Commenting on the sigificance of being the firm’s first Chinese […]

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