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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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Last Cawthra Feather

Last Cawthra has boosted its Bradford office with a local takeover Last Cawthra Feather recently acquired the Bradford office of Ralph C Yablon, adding two partners to its number (The Lawyer, 5 November). Managing partner Simon Stell says: “Ralph C Yablon was coming to the end of its lease, wasn’t filling the space and we […]

Real Estate and Projects Summary

Gouldens (Suzanne Billington) advised Hercules Unit Trust on its £19m acquisition of Waterfields Retail Park, Watford, from Lancaster Holdings. Andersen Legal (Keith Barnett) advised Lancaster Holdings. Lovells (Jackie Newstead) advised BAA Lynton on an agreement that will see Radisson SAS (part of the SAS Airline Group) invest £40m in building a new hotel at Stansted […]

Baxendale-Walker partner faces charges over £2m pension fraud

Paul Baxendale-Walker, name partner in London, Nottingham and Glasgow firm Baxendale-Walker, is facing criminal trial over an alleged £2m serious fraud committed in 1994. City firm Russell Jones & Walker is also a defendant in a separate, but related, £4m civil claim to be heard later this month.Baxendale-Walker, a specialist tax lawyer, was indicted by […]

Loyens lures top De Brauw partner

Benelux multidisciplinary practice Loyens & Loeff has hired a leading civil law notary from the Rotterdam office of Linklaters’ Dutch ally De Brauw Blackstone & Westbroek. The departure of real estate specialist Hamith Breedveld comes after merger negotiations between De Brauw and Linklaters were restarted late last year (The Lawyer, 5 December 2001). It also […]

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As the securitisation market becomes more sophisticated, it is no longer adequate just to be on the scene. With increasing numbers of firms entering the market the pressure is on and the top-tier firms need to find ways of differentiating themselves from the riffraff. And it seems as though they may have found one.Mortgage-backed deals […]

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