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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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No compunction over BBC injunction

The rumpus over cash for honours has brought about an astonishing 48 hours for media lawyers. Friday’s injunction against the BBC was lifted at 2pm today, several hours after The Guardian hit the streets with its follow-up on the affair. The Lawyer understands that the BBC’s in-house legal team advised that since its best recourse […]

Simmons declares European intent with Spanish merger

Simmons & Simmons will merge with Spanish firm Mochales & Palacios Abogados to complete the first step in an ambitious European growth strategy it has set out for 2007. Simmons will parachute in global head of international projects Richard Armitage as the new regional managing partner to bolster integration efforts. Current Spain head Luis Felipe […]

MBRM’s equity partners become hot potatoes

Despite the most enduring M&A boom for years, it seems that sacking equity partners is all the rage.

The City was just getting over The Lawyer’s February revelation that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer would be getting rid of 100 partners, when The Lawyer hit the stands today with news of a Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) plan to chop 45 equity partners. See story.

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