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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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City lawyers fear two-tier regulation will leave London out in the cold

Plans for the future of the UK Listings Authority are causing concern, says Gavriel Hollander In the long and rich history of unpopular government proposals it might not be in the same league as the Poll Tax, but there is already a significant wave of opposition forming to plans for the future of the UK Listings Authority (UKLA); […]

Tulkinghorn: Move over Don, there are new suits in town

Back in July you may recall that Kennedys marked the opening of its Sheffield office by producing a thrilling music video of its lawyers miming – yet still somehow managing to massacre – Queen’s classic hit Don’t Stop Me Now. The production must have hit a nerve with deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, who, ­Tulkinghorn […]

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Macfarlanes advises latest bidder for Liverpool FC

Macfarlanes has been handed the mandate to act for the latest bidder to throw his hat into the ring in the battle for control of Liverpool Football Club. The firm is acting for Singapore tycoon Peter Lim on what is reported to be an improved offer for the troubled Premier League club. Lim is also […]

CC and Freshfields land roles on £1.3bn AZ Electronic IPO

Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have bagged roles on what could become one of the biggest private equity- backed initial public offerings (IPO) of 2010. The magic circle firms are acting on AZ Electronic Materials Group’s (AZ) planned flotation on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), which would value AZ at around $2bn (£1.3bn) and […]

HBJ Gateley Wareing acts for Lancs CCC on refurb

HBJ Gateley Wareing has picked up the mandate to act for Lancashire County Cricket Club on the redevelopment of its Old Trafford ground. The programme, which includes £32m of new investment, will ensure the future of international cricket at the famous Manchester venue after the game’s governing body, the England and Wales Cricket Board, said […]

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