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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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Herbert Smith tops M&A rankings with help from Sanofi-Synthelabo

Herbert Smith is at the top of Mergermarket’s announced European M&A league tables by value for the first time, partly thanks to its role on the first quarter’s mega-deal Sanofi-Synthelabo’s €53bn (£35.36bn) hostile bid for Aventis. The hostile bid, which could create the world’s third-largest pharmaceutical company, has dominated the deals-by-value tables, with 16 law […]

Male addiction

The feisty female contingent at The Lawyer news desk last week was shocked, saddened and dismayed to see that sexism – yes, sexism! – is well and truly alive within the UK legal profession. The evidence? None other than an innocent-looking press release from that bastion of ‘right-on’, wimmin-supporting, PC-influenced ethics, the Association of District Judges. […]

Credit Suisse First Boston wins new group general counsel

Leading European investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) has appointed Urs Rohner as its new group general counsel. Rohner, the chief operating officer of Swiss company ProSiebenSat 1 Media, is due to take up his new position on 1 June when he will also become CSFB’s head of group corporate centre and a member […]

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