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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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Video games publisher raids Pinsents for first GC

Video games company Mastertronic Group has hired its first general counsel, snaring Pinsent Masons IP senior associate Nav Sunner for the job. Sunner will support the company’s growth into wireless, mobile and console games, as Mastertronic branches out from PC game publishing. Sunner said: “It’s an interesting point in the company’s life to join. Lots […]

BCCI, Equitable teams attend judge summit

The legal teams involved in the controversial BCCI and Equitable Life cases have been summoned to explain their roles at the high-level judges’ meeting on case management reform taking place at the end of this month (October). Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith and Lovells are among the representatives of the profession […]

Veil Jourde shrugs off Gibson losses and raids Gide for corporate rebuild

French independent Veil Jourde has reinforced its corporate team with a four-lawyer hire from Gide Loyrette Nouel. Gide senior associate François de Navailles joins Veil Jourde as an M&A partner, bringing with him three other associates, who will retain their status at their new firm. The hire comes a month after Gibson Dunn & Crutcher […]

Akin Gump called in for whistleblower dispute

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has been parachuted in by US biopharmaceutical company Nektar Therapeutics to defend an unfair dismissal lawsuit filed by a former in-house legal adviser. Nektar and four directors, including general counsel Nevan Elam, and former vice president of corporate legal Paula Kasler, have been named in the suit filed by […]

Pinsents loses partner to Campbell Hooper

Campbell Hooper has raided Pinsent Masons for property partner Peter Stockdale, along with a team of two associates and five plot-sales specialists. Stockdale joins as a partner in the firm’s regeneration group and has a practice that focuses on town centre redevelopments and urban renewal projects. Campbell Hooper managing partner Jeremy Dutton said: “Pinsent Masons […]

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