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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Today is a less than entirely happy Friday for Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF). The announcement by Singapore’s Ministry of Law this morning confirmed that the firm would no longer be able to practise permitted areas of Singaporean law from the end of October this year. Herbies is the only one of the six firms that […]

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Magic circle firm’s private equity crown slips as Latham ‘targets’ superclient Carlyle Clifford Chance’s private equity (PE) team is looking somewhat depleted following a series of exits. The incoming global corporate chief – most likely to be partner Guy Norman following an uncontested election – will have a big job on his hands.  The departure […]

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Guy Norman confirmed as Clifford Chance corporate head

Clifford Chance has elected Guy Norman as its new corporate chief following an uncontested election. The partner became an early contender for the top role when he put his name forward before Christmas (29 January 2013). He succeeds outgoing corporate head Matthew Layton who was elected new managing partner at the end of 2013 (28 […]

The rules of the Game have changed for landlords and administrators

By Craig Downhill On 24 February, the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the Gamestation case (Jervis v Pillar Denton and Others). It affects the way that rent is treated in an administration. When the Game group of companies went into administration, one company was the tenant of hundreds of leasehold properties under which, in […]

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