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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…

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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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Bournemouth-based insurance company Liverpool Victoria (LV) has promoted general counsel Rachel Small to group company secretary. Small, who first joined LV in September 2007 and was appointed general counsel in 2009, will take up the new responsibilities of group company secretary in addition to her existing general counsel role effective from 1 January 2013. She […]

Review of the year 2012

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Career development and workplace issues have long been the centrepiece of The Lawyer’s reporting. In 2012 we continued to take the pulse of the market with a series of surveys, from newly qualifi eds retention rates to partnership promotions. There was gloomier news on redundancies, while the collapse of Dewey spawned team moves to a […]

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Watson Farley & Williams has hired Salans partner Ivana Mikesić to open an office in Frankfurt, its third in Germany. Mikesić will head up the new office, which will open in January 2013. She is bringing with her two associates and a third associate will relocate from Watson Farley’s Hamburg office. She is the third […]

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