This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 12th January 2014

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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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Basel III changes are good news for economic growth, says Eversheds

Eversheds has commented on changes to the Basel III regulations, stating that they are good news for economic growth. Paul Worth, partner and head of the financial services sector at Eversheds, said: ‘Relaxing the Basel III leverage ratio to allow banks to net off their derivatives positions, for example, is good news for economic growth. […]

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Canada: Farm horizons

The food and agribusiness industry is booming, with farmland investments offering alternatives to work in the stalled commodities sector Food and agribusiness has long been an important part of Canada’s economy. The industry encompasses several sectors including mining, retail and grain handling. As a res-ult, opportunities abound from an M&A and investment perspective, and they […]

French workers hold plant executives hostage

By Nick Pritchett On 6 January 2014, workers at a Goodyear factory in Amiens, France, ‘boss-napped’ two directors over plans to close the site. We consider the factors that led to this and the practical steps employers can take to manage redundancy situations. The Goodyear factory has been running at a loss for several years […]

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First wave of HMRC consultations kick off

The slow-burn impact of HMRC’s looming changes to partnership tax are starting to be felt. Not yet in anyone’s pocket – you’ll have to wait until 6 April for that – but in the growing number of firms that have launched consultations with their salaried members. You’ll recall we first covered this story in December, […]

CFTC no-action relief and request for comment for the transaction-level requirements of non-US swap dealers

On 14 November 2013, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued Advisory 13-69 in response to inquiries from swap market participants as to whether a non-US swap dealer (SD) must comply with the transaction-level requirements set forth in Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street […]

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