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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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Asia Pacific will grow its own law firm giants and the present global pecking order will change, big-time The global legal market, now worth around $820bn, is very fragmented. There is little differentiation within groupings of firms other than by personality or service delivery. However, this is beginning to change. Given that the growth of […]

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SJB hires Dentons former Middle East arbitration head Stothard

SJ Berwin has picked up the former head of Denton’s international arbitration unit in the Middle East, Paul Stothard, for its London office. Stothard, who spent three years in Dubai as an Allen & Overy associate between 2002 and 2005, was made partner at Dentons in August 2008 and moved to Dubai the following month to […]

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DAC Beachcroft loses five-partner team to Capsticks

Capsticks has poached a five-partner team from DAC Beachcroft’s health practice in Leeds, with the planning to join  the firm in 2014. Partners Ian Cooper, Rachael Heenan, Robert McGough, Ron Simms and Claire Reynolds have all resigned – a notable exit from the biggest health practice of any UK law firm. Heenan is the firm’s national […]

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