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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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Catherine Regan: RGA International

With a role that encompasses Africa, Europe and Asia, RGA International’s new global counsel Catherine Regan has a lot to get to grips with. My role is somewhat of a general practitioner with a varied geographical spread,” says RGA International’s Catherine Regan of her newly acquired multijurisdictional position. Regan took on the task of international […]

Thomas Eggar acquires Penningtons’ Newbury office

Penningtons‘ Newbury office has been snatched by South East firm Thomas Eggar after internal wranglings over the future strategy of the firm, The Lawyer can reveal. The office, home to 84 people, including 10 partners, approached Thomas Eggar after differences with central management over strategy. Penningtons had undertaken a firmwide review and concluded that it […]

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The Planning Gain Supplement Tax is out and a tariff-based approach to planning charges is in. However, the details are still to be finalised, says Tim Pugh In the Queen’s Speech on 6 November there was no reference to a Planning Gain Supplement Tax Bill. For the British Property Federation (BPF) and the many others […]

McCann FitzGerald names new chairman

Irish firm McCann FitzGerald has named banking partner John Cronin as its next chairman with his four-year term due to start next May. Cronin succeeds Ronan Molony, who has served as chairman for three terms and will return to full time fee earning. The firm has also named David Lydon as head of corporate. He […]

Cobbetts in picture for IPPE-Kodak deal

Cobbetts’ Birmingham office advised International Process Plant & Equipment (IPPE) and Acorn Developments on the latter’s acquisition of a 37-acre site at the Kirkby Industrial Estate in Knowsley in the North West. The site has been purchased from Kodak. The deal was led by commercial property partner Eleanor Deady, assisted by environmental law partner Keith […]

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