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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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Simmons & Simmons partner case declared a mistrial

For the second time this year, jurors in a New York court hearing the case against David Sandy could not reach a verdict. After four days deliberation, the jury voted 11 to one for conviction, unable to reach the majority verdict required. Sandy is charged with concealing the computer business diary of BCCI’s chief executive. […]

PepsiCo

PepsiCo acquires the Quaker Oats Company for $13.4bn. PepsiCo advised by Davis Polk & Wardwell (Winthrop Conrad and Paul Kingsley). Anti-trust advice provided by Howrey & Simon. Quaker Oats represented by Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.

Lord of the manor

Tony Grabiner After five minutes of pleasantries, a smile animates Tony Grabiner’s abstracted mood. “The idea that someone would pay me for the exercise of my judgement, for legal advice, was something that amused my father,” he says. You get the feeling this is a line that he has used before. It is perfectly judged […]

Opinion

The new Attorney General’s Guidelines on Disclosure of Information in Criminal Proceedings are an attempt, says the document, to strike “a fair balance between the respective needs of the participants in the investigation and trial process”. The Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 introduced a new scheme for the disclosure of information by the prosecution, […]

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