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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 […]

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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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The revamped House of Lords effectively killed off the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill when Peers from all sides – including Labour – voted by 222 to 126 against it. This is thought to be the first time a mainstream bill has been killed off before it reached the elected house: since the measure […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna represented Antisoma on its listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The EASDAQ-quoted company is also listed on techMARK, the LSE market for IT companies. Nomura International sponsored the official listing. Michael Draper, corporate partner at Camerons, advised on the listing with support from corporate assistant Ed West.

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Linklaters & Alliance acted as UK and Dutch adviser to Dresdner Bank AG on a loan facility to Energis UK. The firm also represented Kleinwort Benson Securities in a US capacity on the equity placing of £312m-worth of Energis’ ordinary new shares to fund the purchase of Dutch-based company Enertel. Tom Wells

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