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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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Sackers seeks Pensions Regulator help in saving Telent’s scheme

Sacker & Partners has sealed its reputation in the pensions market, advising the trustees of Telent’s pension scheme amid intervention from the Pensions Regulator. Sackers partners Jonathan Seres, Peter Docking and Ian Cormican acted for the trustees of the GEC 1972 Plan, approaching the regulator to request it exercise its powers to appoint an independent […]

Outer Temple breaks new ground in Middle East

Outer Temple Chambers is to become the first barristers’ set to have a physical presence in the Middle East with a launch in Abu Dhabi next Monday (12 November). The 64-barrister set’s annexe, which will be in the centre of Abu Dhabi, will act as a hub for its commercial and regulatory work in the […]

Freshfields launches China competition practice

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will launch a dedicated competition offering in mainland China for the first time by parachuting in a London-based partner and by promoting a senior associate to counsel. As part of the magic circle firm’s focus on Beijing, London-based competition partner Alex Potter will relocate for a year. The move coincides with new […]

Alliance Boots closes in on panel selection

Alliance Boots is looking to complete its extensive panel review, presided over by group legal director and chief administrative officer Marco Pagni. Although the review of go-to advisers will continue until mid-January, Pagni has shortlisted three firms so far, The Lawyer understands. In addition to current advisers Allen & Overy (A&O) and Slaughter and May, […]

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