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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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Ogier expands with Freshfields hire

Offshore firm Ogier has appointed Nick Gamble as partner in its Guernsey office. Gamble joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a partner in the finance practice. The firm has also promoted Raulin Amy and Dan Richards to its partnership in the business and trust law group in Jersey, effective from 1 September. They […]

Latham makes its mark in Spain as Carlyle relationship pays off

Latham & Watkins has hit the Spanish market in style, advising private equity house Carlyle Group on its 1.5bn (£1.01bn) acquisition of engineering company Applus. The deal is the largest-ever private equity buyout in Spain and marks the arrival of Latham in the Spanish market. The firm launched its Madrid and Barcelona offices at the […]

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This year could see some belt-tightening at UK PFI practices as the Government seeks to rein in PFI spending. This was made clear by Treasury Solicitor Paul Jenkins, who has prohibited government departments from deviating from the new Catalist super-panel of law firms. Sensing the change, firms such as Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer […]

Lovells team reunited with DWS in Dubai

The Middle East teams at Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) and Lovells have landed lead roles on the first rated sukuk issued by a Qatari corporate. The $300m (£147.69) sukuk issued by Qatar Real Estate Investment Company (ALAQARIA) is the first time that the two teams have met across the negotiating table since former DWS partner […]

DLA Piper boosts West Coast with Asia tech team

DLA Piper has bolstered its US practice with the addition of two corporate and securities partners to its Silicon Valley office. Khoa Do and Michael Reagan have joined the firm from Greenberg Traurig, where the former was a partner and chair of the firm’s Silicon Valley corporate and securities practice. Reagan was a partner at […]

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