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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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Dean Fealk, a partner in DLA Piper’s San Francisco office, has been appointed to the Northern California District Export Council (DEC) by US secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker. The DEC promotes increased US exports and economic growth by providing business leadership and international experience to support the US Department of Commerce in trade-related matters. Fealk, […]

Katten picks up three from Hogan Lovells PE

We’ve said it before, and we’ll do so again – this season’s must-have is a private equity partner. The comments piled in following the news that Hogan Lovells had taken on King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) PE partner Ed Harris in October, triggering speculation that Harris would take a team along with him. […]

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CMS LLP ups shareholder loans to Russian alliance by £3.5m

CMS Cameron McKenna ramped up loans to its Russian joint venture by £3.5m last year after its share of losses in the Moscow office doubled in 2013.  The firm’s UK LLP accounts filed yesterday with Companies House reveal CMS was affected by £2.2m of losses from its Moscow joint venture, up from £1.1m the previous […]

Up to speed: avoiding anti-competitive information exchange — January 2014

This article sets out how you can ensure your company avoids falling foul of the competition rules on exchanging information in its dealings with competitors and other market players. Cartels set up between rival companies in order to share markets or fix prices often involve the exchange of commercially sensitive information and have always been […]

Changes to tax-approved share schemes: notification, self-certification and online filing

The draft Finance Bill 2014 proposes a number of changes to the approval process for employee share schemes. The changes include the introduction of an electronic notification process and online annual return filing system and the replacement of the HM Revenue & Customs approval process by a self-certification regime. The consultation period for the bill […]

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