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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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Tote hires Olswang corporate lawyer to lead privatisation

Olswang corporate lawyer Nigel Roddis is leaving the firm to indulge his enthusiasm for horse racing as head of legal at the Tote. He joins the state-owned betting chain as company solicitor and company secretary as it prepares for privatisation, during a period of flux for the gambling industry. Roddis says: “I wasn’t trawling around […]

Case of the week

One of the tobacco industry’s favourite defences in its continuing court battles fell through this week when a trial in California ended with Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds being ordered to pay $10m (£6.3m) each to Leslie Whiteley, a mother of four who is expected to die from lung cancer within a year. Crucially, Whiteley […]

Sector Insight: Property

Due to the current poor stock performance of most listed property companies lawyers practising in this sector are constantly being kept on their toes. David Wigan explains why. If the London Stock Exchange were a stage, then high-tech and telecoms companies would be the Romeos and the Juliets of the performance. Their allure has bewitched […]

Beating the mid-size crisis

Lawyers often talk about the success of the magic circle firms, but while they are pulling away from the rest of the market, another tier of firms is digging-in to sustain its position in the industry. This is the band of firms that can be described as mid-size – those that are not within the […]

PwC’s German firm takes three department heads

PwC Veltins Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft – PricewaterhouseCoopers’ German law firm – has hired three heads of departments and their staff from rival Heuking Kuhn Luer Heussen Wojtek. Head of corporate and employment law Hans Stefan Korsch, head of IP Thomos Kerkhoff, and head of media, IT and telecommunications Michael Schmittmann are moving today (Monday). Schmittmann is well-known […]

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