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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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Magic circle firm Allen & Overy has the best brand recognition in the English legal profession, according to survey results published today. The magic circle firm topped a league table of 20 practices after researchers gauged client opinions as well as mainstream and specialist press coverage. The table – compiled by London reputation management consultancy […]

Harrison, PPI and unfair relationship revisited

The Court of Appeal has revisited the issue of unfair relationship in payment protection insurance (PPI) claims where the payment of commission was not disclosed. The two conjoined appeals were Plevin v Paragon Personal Finance Ltd and Conlon v Black Horse Ltd. Conlon argued that her claim could be distinguished from Harrison as the court had accepted that […]

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Premier returns to Slaughters as US private equity firm takes slice of Hovis

Slaughter and May has taken a lead role in advising Premier Foods on the sale of a 51 per cent stake in British bread business Hovis to Gores Group. Weil Gotshal & Manges advised US private equity firm Gores Group on the £30m deal. For Slaughter and May it will be a welcome return for the institutional […]

Potential pitfalls of digging deep: creating basements

By Dagmara Selwyn-Kuczera with assistance from Arya Hussain Subterranean excavations may be an increasingly popular method of extending a property, but such developments also carry potential pitfalls. Planning controls do not usually apply to a development that does not affect the external appearance of a property, but means of redress still exist for neighbours who […]

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Norton Rose Fulbright launches global regulation and investigations practice

Norton Rose Fulbright has launched a global regulation and investigations practice, consisting of more than 600 of its lawyers worldwide. The group draws together expertise from various practices within the firm, including antitrust and competition, financial services regulation, investigations, and tax. Norton Rose Fulbright’s antitrust and competition head Martin Coleman and investigations chief Lista Cannon […]

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