This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 29 March 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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Shareholders disputes

We understand that even small-scale shareholder disputes, if not managed properly, often disrupt a business’s operations and threaten its well-being. So, while we favour and work to craft creative solutions for problems, and to resolve disputes through negotiations, we are ready to shift to aggressive litigation when that is the client’s best option. Our experience […]

Parental leave rules will leave some employers in a dilemma, says Eversheds

Eligible parents of children due to be born or adopted on or after 5 April will be entitled to a new form of time off work known as shared parental leave. Naeema Choudry, partner at Eversheds, comments: “The dilemma for employers stems from the need to balance the cost implications of paying enhanced pay against […]

Ogier provides Sky with advice on sale of Sky Bet

Ogier has advised Sky on the sale of an 80 per cent stake in its online betting and gaming business, Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet), to funds advised by CVC Capital Partners and members of the Sky Bet management team. The deal valued Sky Bet at £800m. Ogier teams provided advice on Jersey law […]

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Hogan Lovells launches in Australia with Allens two-partner hire

Hogan Lovells has launched an office in Australia with the hire of partners Nicky Lester and Tim Lester from Linklaters’ best friend firm Allens. The firm’s Australian operations will be run from Perth and Sydney. Nicky Lester will spearhead the firm’s banking and finance practice, and Tim Lester will lead the corporate finance practice for the firm with […]

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