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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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City lawyers fear two-tier regulation will leave London out in the cold

Plans for the future of the UK Listings Authority are causing concern, says Gavriel Hollander In the long and rich history of unpopular government proposals it might not be in the same league as the Poll Tax, but there is already a significant wave of opposition forming to plans for the future of the UK Listings Authority (UKLA); […]

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Withers to launch Hong Kong law practice with hire of family team

Withers has expanded its Hong Kong offering with the addition of an international family team led by partner Sharon Ser. Ser joins the firm after more than 20 years as a partner with Hong Kong-based Hampton Winter and Glynn. She brings a team that includes associates Rita Ku, Deanna Tam, and Jacqueline Mak, will join […]

Quality (not just high) Street

Time was when the upper end of the foodie market would turn its epicurean nose up at the spinal-fluid-in-a-bap offerings of the fast-food franchises next door to Poundland. But, as Biggie Smalls once so eloquently put it, things done changed. Now, in these recession-hit times there are queues round the block for Ronald Mac’s easy […]

Abby Ewen: Simmons & Simmons    

What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked to do in your job?  In a previous firm I had to search through pages and pages of website activity in an attempt to spot anything ‘inappropriate’.  I didn’t. Name:     Abby Ewen         Firm:     Simmons & Simmons Position:   Director of business transformation Lives:   Essex What time do you start […]

Gide snares A&O and Hogan Lovells high-flyers to boost Moscow office

Gide Loyrette Nouel has expanded its Moscow office by hiring an associate from Allen & Overy (A&O) and one from Hogan Lovells, and installing them as partners. Gide Loyrette Nouel has expanded its Moscow office by hiring an associate from Allen & Overy (A&O) and one from Hogan Lovells, and installing them as partners. Boris […]

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