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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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What will be the fate of the billable hour?

David Mandell, head of legal practice, Brilliant Law and founder of corporate law boutique MandellCorporate A man phones a lawyer and asks, “How much would you charge for just answering three simple questions?” The lawyer replies, “A thousand dollars.” “A thousand dollars,” exclaims the man. “That’s very expensive isn’t it?” “It certainly is,” says the […]

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Cutting through the complexity

Enforceability really matters in cross-border disputes, and arbitration offers the best solution Last month the French Supreme Court refused enforcement of a $284m (£186m) judgment obtained in New York by ‘vulture fund’ NML Capital against the government of Argentina. The New York judgment awarded NML the face value of distressed Argentinian government bonds it had […]

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Male-dominated lateral market hits gender diversity at US firms

Women made up just 16 per cent of partners across the top 30 international firms in London last year, with sources pointing to a male-dominated lateral hiring market as one of the areas blocking gender diversity. The UK offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Edwards Wildman Palmer and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher recorded the […]

Latham and Joelson Wilson at wheel on £300m Addison Lee sale

Latham & Watkins, Linklaters and West End firm Joelson Wilson have advised on Carlyle Group’s purchase of London minicab group Addison Lee, a deal reported to be worth £300m. The US private equity outfit announced last Friday (19 April) it had made a significant investment in Addison Lee, which was founded in 1975 with one […]

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