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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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Andersen Legal keeps on hiring

Andersen Legal’s European network is continuing its hiring spree with the recruitment of an Italian M&A partner from Carnelutti. Guiseppe Barreca will lead a newly-formed team of international transactional specialists at combined tax and legal practice Studio di Consulenza Legale e Tributaria in Rome. Barecca brings more than 15 years of experience advising a substantial […]

DLA boosts litigation with City hire

The City office of DLA is strengthening its litigation practice with the recruitment of a litigation partner from Stephenson Harwood. Matthew Saunders joins on 1 June after 10 years at Stephenson Harwood. He specialises in banking litigation and cross-jurisdictional disputes and fraud work. DLA’s litigation practice is split along sector lines, but national head of […]

Shine entertainment

Olswang‘s Mark Devereux is the senior partner involved in broadcast company Shine Entertainment’s launch and strategic businessplan. 3i’s investment in the company is the latest in a sequence of deals that Shine has instructed Olswang on. According to Devereux, this deal represents a real triumph for all involved because it is a difficult market in […]

LCD reports court work decimated

Regional bar suffers as arbitration and mediation work stays in London; High court sees Civil claims drop by 86% The regional bar is adopting the practice of round table discussions in response to an 86 per cent drop in civil High Court claims, reflected in new figures from the Lord Chancellor’s Department. The practice of […]

Brief Encounter: Wright Hasssall

Leamington Spa-based Wright Hassall says it has a relaxed attitude to work which is in direct contradiction to its name. Founded in 1846 in Leamington Spa, it is a working example of life without logos. Partner Jane Senior says: “At the time, Wright Hassall simply didn’t have those connotations.” And the fact that the name […]

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