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Advocate General opinion: no legal professional privilege for in-house lawyers in EU competition investigations

  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
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  • European Union
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  • June 7 2010

In the EU competition law context, the Advocate General's opinion in Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd v Commission of the European Communities (Akzo) was published on 29 April 2010

Parties cannot avoid Commercial Agents Regulations by choice of non-EU law and arbitration

  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • January 29 2010

In Accentuate v Asigra 2009 EWHC 2655 (QB) the English High Court held it had jurisdiction to hear a claim for compensation under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993, even though the relevant agreement was subject to a choice of Canadian law and arbitration and the Canadian arbitral tribunal had already ruled against the claim

Rome I Regulation - Commission decision on UK request

  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • March 25 2009

In 2006 the UK notified the European Commission that it intended to opt out of the Rome I Regulation (5932008EC) on the law applicable to contractual obligations

Privilege and in-house lawyers ECJ ruling on intervenors

  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • March 25 2009

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has refused permission for various bodies, including the Law Society of England & Wales, the American Bar Association and the Association of General Counsel and Company Secretaries of the FTSE 100 (the GC100), to intervene in the appeal to the ECJ in the long-running Akzo Nobel case