This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 17 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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$1bn Yuexiu notes deal, advised by Bakers

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The magic circle’s fairy dust

The magic circle is often seen as a homogenous group of firms, but our analysis of their global investments throws up considerable differences. A&O and Clifford Chance have opened a series of offices, Linklaters has preferred alliances and Freshfields has barely extended its reach in a decade. It’s no longer one size fits all. The […]

Business Leadership Awards: get your submissions in

There is now just over a week to go until the entry period for this year’s Business Leadership awards closes. We have had a phenomenal response, with already more entries across a broader range of legal services providers than ever before. The overwhelming response to this year’s new categories, which have been designed to reflect […]

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Freshfields chief Aitman: ‘Manchester is a priority’

It’s all change at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer this year as the firm gears up to open its second UK office in Manchester and managing partner David Aitman prepares to step down at the end of his brief term at the helm. Front running candidates for the top senior partner job are gathering their potential management […]

£575m Taiwanese property buy in London, advised by Ogier

Ogier has advised Taiwan-based insurer Cathay Life on the acquisition of The Walbrook Building in the City of London for a headline price of £575m. The firm’s Jersey team worked alongside Berwin Leighton Paisner in the UK to complete the deal, which is the latest example of the growing presence of Taiwanese investors in UK […]

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