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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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Clifford Chance adds Grimaldi to its empire

Clifford Chance is set to merge with long-time Italian joint venture partner Grimaldi e Associati after a series of tense negotiations concerned with profit integration. The 24-partner Italian firm has been allied to Clifford Chance since 1993. “The business has been fantastically successful, but with any joint venture there comes a point when it has […]

WestLb/British Land

This joint venture with British Land marks a new departure for WestLB in the UK property market. The German bank is used to making loans into property companies, but this is its first experience of taking on equity as well as debt risk. The joint venture was funded by a £265m loan from West LB […]

Olswang's IP practice gets partner boost

Olswang has recruited a new partner to its intellectual property (IP) practice. Kim Walker joins the firm from Biddle, where he was head of the media department. Andrew Inglis, head of Olswang’s IP practice, which employs 22 lawyers, including four partners, explains that the appointment is to meet current market demands. He says: “The commercial […]

Pillars Property

Pillar Property and Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) in joint venture to buy Cannon Bridge offices. Pillar Property advised by Gouldens (Tom Budd, Liz Saxton). TIAA advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Fiona Rice). Senior debt provider Westdeutsche ImmobilienBank advised by Travers Smith Braithwaite (Neil Murray).

Minter Ellison merges with top Western Australian firm

Sydney firm Minter Ellison is taking over Western Australia practice Edwards Thompson. Minters has had a two-year strategic alliance with the Perth practice, but the two firms have decided to take their relationship further. London partner Robert Hanley views it as “the logical next step”. Edwards Thompson specialises in resources, mining, energy and property. Minter’s […]

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