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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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The bribe tribe

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Allen & Overy in Greek securitisation hat trick

Allen & Overy (A&O) advised the Hellenic Republic on its third securitisation of receivables in Greece.The deal involved s2bn (£1.37bn) of receivables from lottery tickets.The firm was approached by the banks in the summer and was also brought in to advise the Republic. Fresh-fields Bruckhaus Deringer was brought in at execution stage to advise the […]

DLA seeks licence to open in Shanghai

DLA has applied for a licence to open an office in China. If the licence is granted, the national firm will set up a base in Shanghai. Managing partner Nigel Knowles said: “No serious business can ignore China. With it being only days away from membership of the World Trade Organisation, there is no doubt […]

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After the recent CPS decision not to prosecute over the Paddington rail crash, Jon Robins asks: will a new corporate killing law quench the public’s thirst for justice? Or would it be impossible to hold an individual person accountable? Christian is leading the legal action on behalf of the families of the 31 passengers who […]

UK firms work on Dutch government PPP initiative

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