This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 11 January 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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Eversheds says Rio Tinto’s Indian diamond stake may be first of many investments

Parmjit Singh, head of the India group at Eversheds, has commented on the news that mining company Rio Tinto plans to invest $500m in a diamond project in India’s Madhya Pradesh state. Singh said: ‘Foreign direct investment into India has been steadily increasing over the last few months as foreign companies get increasingly comfortable with […]

Shoosmiths advises Peugeot on sale of Motaquip

Shoosmiths has advised Peugeot Motor Company plc on the sale of Motaquip, an all-makes car part distribution business to Luton-based Comline Auto Parts Limited, an auto parts business. As part of the transaction, Comline Auto Parts set up Motaquip Ltd as a new company to purchase Motaquip from Peugeot. Motaquip was established in 1981 and […]

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DLA Piper wins Heineken principal adviser mandate

After months of speculation, brewing giant Heineken UK has confirmed DLA Piper as its principal external adviser for a three-year term. Edinburgh-based IP partner John McKinlay, alongside litigation and regulatory partner Hazel Moffat, will manage the relationship with Heineken UK.  In a statement, the firm said that it will carry out the large majority of […]

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Simmons partners told to get involved as Hoyland kicks off business plan review

Simmons & Simmons partners will be approached to contribute ideas on the strategic direction of the firm this week, as a new three-year business plan hits the drawing board.  Simmons’ managing partner Jeremy Hoyland recorded a video for partners yesterday (12 January), which calls for a greater degree of participation from partners in drawing up […]

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