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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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Dentons launches partner alternative

Denton Wilde Sapte has become the latest firm to introduce the managing associate role as part of its alternative career path structure. The position will be offered to senior associates as an alternative to partnership. In a statement issued by the firm, Dentons said the role will incorporate the management and leadership responsibilities of partnership […]

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Guernsey: employment

Employees on Guernsey have been given extra protection thanks to recent alterations to the island’s employment laws. By Tom Crawford Last year was a busy one for Guernsey in the arena of employment law. The island’s select armoury of employment protection legislation was strengthened in March 2006 by significant changes being made to its existing […]

DLA Piper private equity co-head joins Hill Dicks

DLA Piper’s joint head of private equity Darryl Cooke is to leave the firm to head up Hill Dickinson’s Manchester corporate practice. Cooke, who has also served as DLA Piper’s UK regional private equity head, is known for representing private equity institutions and corporate clients on management buyouts, IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. He also […]

Jersey: funds

The success of light regulation in Jersey has given rise to the ultimate attraction for sophisticated investors – a new, unregulated fund regime. By Richard Thomas and Tim Morgan In October 2007, industry body Jersey Finance announced that the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) had agreed to support a proposal to exempt from regulation certain […]

Debevoise swipes Linklaters partner

Debevoise Plimpton has snared Linklaters London corporate partner Guy Lewin-Smith. Lewin-Smith will take up his post as partner in the US firm’s London corporate team in the New Year. Debevoise Europe managing partner James Kiernan said: “Guy has an impressive breadth of practice. His UK and cross-border M&A and equity capital markets capabilities will strengthen […]

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