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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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Assurant names European senior counsel

Assurant Solutions has appointed its first European senior counsel as it looks to expand its operations in Europe. Tara Caithie joins from the legal team at RBS Insurance, the insurance arm of Royal Bank of Scotland, and will assume the roles of company secretary and senior counsel UK and Europe. She will head the legal […]

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A couple of late entries for Tulkinghorn’s quest for the most comical email addresses. First this blatant bit of self-promotion from Michael Franks of William Sturges & Co: “If you go back to the days of telex and telex ‘answer back’, Harris Chetham & Co (commonly known as ‘Harass and Cheatem’) had a telex answer […]

Friends of the Earth wins right to bike

Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Fordham and Friends of the Earth’s Rights & Justice Centre have won a High Court victory on behalf of hundreds of cyclists. Friends of the Earth’s in-house lawyer Phil Michaels instructed Fordham on a pro bono basis to bring the case for cyclist Des Kay against the Metropolitan police. Kay is one […]

Olympic Delivery Authority chooses City firms for panel

Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons were last week appointed to the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) legal panel, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (21 June). The firms will now vie for high-profile work advising the ODA on the hosting of the London 2012 Olympic Games. […]

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