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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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Travers lands 3i lingerie deal

Travers Smith has lent its support to private equity house 3i in the purchase of a £60m majority stake in designer lingerie chain Agent Provocateur. Corporate partner Chris Hale, who manages the relationship with 3i at Travers Smith, led the purchase with corporate partner David Innes. Husband-and-wife founders of Agent Provocateur, Joseph Corré and Serena […]

Camerons leads Alfred McAlpine on £600m offer

CMS Cameron McKenna is advising support services company Alfred McAlpine on a proposed £600m offer by rival Carillion. Alfred McAlpine has been a construction client of Camerons for some time through relationship partner Caroline Cummins, but the firm only began advising on corporate aspects in August of this year. Senior partner Richard Price and corporate […]

CC waits on Bloxham for pensions overhaul

Clifford Chance stalled the review of its early retirement packages while it awaited the outcome of the age discrimination case brought against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer by former insolvency partner Peter Bloxham, The Lawyer can reveal. Currently Clifford Chance allows any partner made up before 2005 to take early retirement at the age of 55 and […]

LG joins the stampede into Dubai

LG has become the latest London firm to launch an office in Dubai. LG construction partner James Foster will head an office focusing on corporate, finance, projects and construction, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (12 November). Foster said: “I think we have a number of unique selling points. We’ll be playing to our traditional strengths, […]

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