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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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Home Office awards groundbreaking IT 2000 PFI contract to the Sirius consortium, worth £350m during a 10-year period. The Home Office advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Anthony Loring). The Sirius consortium comprised ICL, advised by Linklaters (Anne Vallely), PriceWaterhouse-Coopers, advised by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (Kit Burden) and Global Crossing.

Oppenhoff & Rädler NY head quits for Kirkland & Ellis’ London office

Oppenhoff & Rädler’s New York head Thomas Verhoeven is quitting for US firm Kirkland & Ellis. Verhoeven is leaving the US to join Kirkland & Ellis’ London practice in January. He was an equity partner at Oppenhoffs and will fill the same position at Kirkland & Ellis. He was at Oppenhoffs for 22 years. Oppenhoffs […]

White & Case opens Palo Alto office

Black joins White & Case from Jackson Tufts Cole & Black as partner. Roy Bartlett also joins as partner from the same firm along with Ellen McGinty King who joins as counsel. Steven Betensky brings the partner count in the new office to three. He joins from White & Case’s New York base. The US […]

Lord Chancellor to crack down on use of QCs

Lord Irvine says he plans to introduce much tighter new criteria into the Criminal Legal Aid Regulations which must be met before an application to increase or alter the number or seniority of advocates is made to the Crown Court. In future, he says, it must be shown that the case warrants the assignment of […]

Medi

Médi Telecom completes euro1bn (£596m) financing for second GSM mobile telephone licence in Morocco – the largest ever North African telecoms project financing. Médi Telecom advised by Linklaters (Tom Wells, Bertrand Andriani, Gavin McLean, Sukhvir Basran, Asha Sharma) and Professor Mohamed El Mernisi. Arranging banks ABN Amro, Société Générale and Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur […]

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