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General counsel update September 2014
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Russia, United Kingdom, USA, Australia, China, European Union, Hong Kong
  • September 29 2014

The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Court's new rules come into force on 1 October 2014 and are to apply to any arbitration


Parties cannot avoid Commercial Agents Regulations by choice of non-EU law and arbitration
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom, European Union
  • 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


UK: new market abuse and inside information regime
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • June 24 2016

The EU Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), which replaces the Market Abuse Directive, comes into force on 3 July 2016 and is directly applicable in EU


Revised Payment Services Directive
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • February 22 2016

The Revised Payment Services Directive (the Directive) came into effect on 12 January 2016. The revised Directive updates the current EU framework on


A summary of major developments in key areas - general counsel update - July 2014
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Australia, European Union, Hong Kong, United Kingdom
  • July 15 2014

Legislation, in the form of a Regulation and Directive, has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union which will substantially


A summary of major developments in key areas - General Counsel update - May 2014
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Australia, European Union, Germany, United Kingdom
  • May 23 2014

Scottish independence referendum - The referendum will take place on 18 September 2014. Scottish independence raises many complex legal and political


A consumer cannot be told he has already won a prize if he has to incur any cost to claim that prize
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • October 31 2012

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued a judgment clarifying the interpretation of provisions in the Unfair Consumer Practices Directive that relate to commercial practices that involve giving a consumer the false impression that he has won a prize when the consumer is required to make a payment or incur a cost in order to claim that prize


Rome II Regulation - harmonisation of approach to the applicable law in tort
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom, European Union
  • June 13 2008

The Rome II Regulation on the law applicable to non contractual obligations (EU Council Regulation (EC) No. 8642007) will apply in all member states other than Denmark from 11th January 2009


General counsel update: 31 May 2012
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Argentina, China, European Union, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom
  • May 31 2012

This is the twenty-ninth in our series of General Counsel Updates which aim to summarise major developments in key areas


Substance behind the sales pitch? UK Government calls for evidence on proposed EU Contract Law
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • March 30 2012

The Ministry of Justice has published a call for evidence in relation to the European Commission’s proposals for a Common European Sales Law