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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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Sacker & Partners and Wragge & Co have undergone a mutual recruitment drive, with each poaching lawyers from the other’s pensions team. Former Sackers partner Jane Kola has joined Wragges as director of pensions in the firm’s London office. “Jane’s arrival has made a big difference,” said head of pensions Glyn Ryland. At the same […]

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Lobbyists in bid to ‘ban’ law firms from Govt work

Law firms with public affairs arms are gearing up for a battle with the lobbying industry body over the issue of confidentiality, and the dispute has turned acrimonious. DLA Piper has referred the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) after the APPC tried to force government agencies to […]

Goldie shocks

Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold is indubitably one of the best litigators in the City. But perhaps it is more than these credentials alone that swayed Shearman & Sterling partners Jo Rickard and Lois Moore to instruct him on their separate claims against their former home, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The Lawyer hears that Gold’s […]

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