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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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Herbert Smith lands QC for launch of chambers

Senior partner Gold raids 11 Stone Bldgs for Murray Rosen QC; other set relationships to be maintained Herbert Smith is set to press ahead with radical plans to launch its own set of chambers after hiring a top QC. The Lawyer understands that the City firm has appointed leading commercial chancery silk Murray Rosen QC […]

Human rights groups seek action against US officials

Human rights organisations are building up the pressure on courts to prosecute US officials for alleged complicity in the torture of Iraqi prisoners. On 10 March, German human rights lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck filed an appeal against the decision of the Karlsruhe Federal Prosecutor’s Office not to open an investigation into allegations of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison […]

Eversheds’ client management slammed as firm gets ejected from Honda panel

Honda has overhauled its legal panel and dumped Eversheds, issuing the national firm with a damning rebuke over its client management skills. However, the national firm is fighting back and has already arranged for managing partner David Gray to visit Honda in order to find out what went wrong. Honda used Eversheds’ Leeds office for […]

A&O sustains quadruple partner defection in the space of a week

Allen & Overy (A&O) has been rocked by the loss of four partners, including two capital markets rainmakers, in just one week. Securitisation star Julian Tucker and collateralised debt obligation specialist Angus Duncan are leaving to join the City arms of Shearman & Sterling and Cadwalader Wick-ersham & Taft respectively, as first revealed on www.the […]

Willkie Farr hit by loss of Frankfurt chief

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has been hit by the loss of its Frankfurt managing partner who has quit the US firm to launch his own practice. Outsourcing star Thomas Heyman, whose clients include Deutsche Bank, is also taking European counsel Jens Ekkenga and Lars Lendorf and several associates. As first reported in German legal magazine […]

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