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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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It’s Cable vs Cleary

If Vince Cable has really declared war on Rupert Murdoch, he’s going to have to get through the crack antitrust practice at Cleary Gottlieb first. Even if the idea of Iron Vince taking on News Corporation brings to mind an image of Botswana fluttering the fist of its military might in the vague direction of […]

Santa’s grotty

What do the following have in common: hair dye; lacy knickers; breath freshener; and alcohol? Well, besides being the key ingredients for a good night out in Southend, they’re also the items to avoid if you’re buying a Secret Santa present this year. Who says so? The killjoys over at Lewis Hymanson Small say so, […]

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Linklaters is UK’s most diverse firm, says exclusive research

Linklaters’ progressive workplace policies have led it to be crowned this year’s most diverse firm. The accolade is the result of annual research carried out by the Black Solicitors Network (BSN) for its fifth Diversity League Table (DLT), published exclusively by The Lawyer. Linklaters managing partner Simon Davies said building a diverse, inclusive culture was […]

Gleiss Lutz adds three partners to equity

Herbert Smith alliance firm Gleiss Lutz has promoted three associated partners in Germany into the equity. Employment lawyer Christian Arnold, corporate lawyer Michael Burian and tax specialist Stefan Mayer will all become full partners at the firm as of 1 January 2011. Arnold and Burian both practise in Gleiss Lutz’s Stuttgart office, specialising in collective […]

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