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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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Now that the time to start inputting data for the major legal directories has come round again (for most of us, at any rate) there again will be discussion as to whether alternative risk transfer (ART) has matured sufficiently to be an independent practice area in the directories. ART is undoubtedly developing, but it has […]

REAL ESTATE AND PROJECTS

Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust signs £30m investment deal with project company Hull Maternity Development and facilities provider Dresdner Kleinwort Benson to create new maternity and gynaecology unit. Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust advised by Pinsent Curtis (Michael Boyd, Ingrid Hoffbauer, Dean Larder, John Cleland and Gareth Jones). Hull Maternity Development advised […]

Technology, Media and Telecoms

Convergence Holdings completes share placing on AIM. Issuer advised by Taylor Joynson Garrett. Nominated adviser and broker Investec Henderson Crosthwaite advised by Field Fisher Waterhouse (Anthony Brockbank).

ICL turns to Barlow Lyde

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is to join the ranks of Masons and Linklaters & Alliance as core adviser to IT giant ICL. The Fujitsu-owned company does not have a formal panel, but it does have extremely close and longstanding relationships with Masons and Linklaters. Linklaters usually acts as ICL’s corporate and M&A adviser, with Masons […]

Lister sets up planning group at 11 New Sq

The new practice director at 11 New Square John Lister has established a specialist planning and public law group in response to the Administrative Court and the Human Rights Act. The former director at Clarendon Chambers was prompted to move to 11 New Square last September after the merger of 11 Bolt Court and 7 […]

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