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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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DEAL OF THE WEEK – AMINEX

Ashursts defends Aminex against hostile takeover Ashurst Morris Crisp has successfully defended a rare hostile takeover bid. Ashursts represented dual-listed oil and gas exploration company Aminex in a corporate raider-style takeover attempt by Apple Oil & Gas.Irish oil exploration company Aminex is relatively small – it is capitalised at around £21m – but Ofex-listed Apple […]

Mayer Brown hikes partnership by two

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s insurance and reinsurance group has promoted two assistants, Ingrid Hobbs and Will Glassey, to the partnership. Glassey joined the firm two years ago from Herbert Smith and is a professional indemnity specialist. Hobbs’ practice includes product liability, professional indemnity and political risk insurance.

Hammonds wins Enron lawyer for utilities team

Enron Europe general counsel Mark Evans has returned to private practice. He will join the London office of Hammond Suddards Edge in June During his six-year term at Enron Europe, Evans directed a multiple-jurisdiction team based in Germany, Norway, Australia and Japan, in addition to the UK. He advised on regulatory and transactional matters.Evans said: […]

Dewey Ballantine takes on A&O partner

Dewey Ballantine has hired Allen & Overy (A&O) project finance lawyer Jonathan Simpson as a partner He will join the US firm’s London office. While at A&O, Simpson acted for Citibank, WestLB, Deutsche Bank and Barclays Capital on a host of project development and finance matters.

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