This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 03 May 2015

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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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McKenna Long government contracts chair moves to Covington with 18 lawyers

A team of five McKenna Long & Aldridge partners, including government contracts chair Fred Levy, have opted out of their firm’s merger with Dentons and are set to join Covington & Burling along with seven counsel and seven associates.  McKenna white collar chair Michael Scheininger, product liability defence practice head Ray Biagini, bid protest practice head Jay […]

Baker & McKenzie appoints two new partners in Vienna

Baker and McKenzie has recruited two new partners to its Vienna office: Christopher Urtz and Georg Krakow. Urtz, professor at the University of Salzburg, was appointed partner for tax law, and Krakow, former senior public prosecutor, was appointed partner for compliance and white collar crime law. 

Baltics

Pan-Baltic firms Lawin and Raidla Lejins split to form new alliances

Pan-Baltic firms Lawin and Raidla Lejins & Norcous have both split up, with the two reforming to establish new alliances spanning the region. LAWIN’s Latvian and Lithuanian offices have joined forces with Raidla’s Estonian office to form Ellex, while Raidla’s Latvian and Lithuanian offices, together with Lawin Estonia, are teaming up to set up Cobalt. […]

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Pinsents, Carey Olsen and Memery Crystal continue to dominate Aim rankings

Pinsent Masons has strengthened its lead at the top of the Aim rankings, with Carey Olsen and Memery Crystal coming in joint second. According to figures published by Adviser Rankings, Pinsent Masons gained three new AIM clients since January 2015, bringing its total number to 64. Meanwhile Carey Olsen and Memery Crystal lost four and […]

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White & Case, CC and Akin Gump advise on long-awaited Afren ‘life raft’ restructuring

White & Case is advising troubled oil and gas company Afren on a $300m (£196m) recapitalisation plan that could prove a life raft to the business plagued by expenses scandal, falling share prices and its self-report to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in March. The Africa-focused FTSE 250 company released long-awaited details of the restructure […]

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