This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 17 August 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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Conyers advises Century Sage Scientific Holdings on stock exchange listing

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands law advice to Century Sage Scientific Holdings regarding its listing on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange by way of Hong Kong public offering and international offering. Century Sage Scientific Holdings, an investment holding company, primarily provides hardware and […]

Shoosmiths hires two new partners to its Birmingham office

Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of two partners who will be based at the firm’s Birmingham office: Karen Featherstone and David Adams. Featherstone joins as partner from Pinsent Masons where she was a senior associate in the tax team. She has significant experience in private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and reorganisations. She will head up Shoosmiths’ tax […]

A summer of settlements ends Clydes, Lehman battles

You wait all year for a big case to settle then two come at once. The courts have broken up for summer but all the action has been out of court in the past week, with Clyde & Co settling its long-running whistleblowing dispute with a former partner and a Lehman Brothers’ pension row coming […]

No5 Chambers’ Michael Burrows QC secures conviction in ‘brutal’ murder

No5 Chambers’ Michael Burrows QC has secured the conviction of Patryk Srutkowski, 22, and Pawel Bugajski, 22, who have been found guilty and jailed for life for killing Hama Faraj Noori, 56, at his home in Uppingham Gardens, The Meadows. Mr Noori was found dead at his home by two of his friends on 25 January […]

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