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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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Collyer Bristow hires IP specialist Tim Bamford from Withers

Collyer Bristow has announced that it has recruited intellectual property (IP) specialist Tim Bamford from Withers, where he had been a partner since 2005.  Bamford is the latest in a series of four partner-level hires to join the firm in the last three months. His new role commenced on 2 January 2014. He is an established IP litigator with […]

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence — January 2014

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence is the global monthly publication from DLA Piper’s sports, media and entertainment group. Contents Betting and gaming Japan looking at casino promotion legislation US: Garden State gambling goes online Broadcasting Italian DTT broadcasting — new decision on LCN allocation Consumer and data protection German Federal High Court underlines the legality […]

Melanie Chell of Shoosmiths features in Motor Finance Power 50 list

Melanie Chell, head of Shoosmiths’ asset finance team, has been included in this year’s Motor Finance Power 50, which lists the 50 most influential and powerful people in UK car finance.  Ranked at 25, she is included in a list that features chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne and governor of the Bank of England […]

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Cleary and Sidley Austin advise Japan’s Suntory on $16bn US whiskey maker deal

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Sidley Austin have taken the lead roles in Japanese drinks maker Suntory’s $16bn (£9.7bn) acquisition of US spirits group Beam, the maker of Jim Beam. Cleary is advising Osaka-based Suntory in this acquisition, which is the company’s biggest ever overseas transaction. The firm’s team is led by New York […]

Conyers advises Hony Capital Fund V and New Good Management on privatisation of Simcere

Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Hony Capital Fund V and New Good Management on the $495m (£300m) privatisation of Simcere Pharmaceutical Group from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by way of merger. Simcere is a pharmaceutical company specialising in the development, manufacture and marketing of branded and proprietary pharmaceuticals in China. Conyers co-chair […]

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