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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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Seven Wong partners form limited liability breakaway

Suet Fern Lee heads new corporate boutique; litigationlooms acrimonious split THE former Wong Partnership partner whose departure caused the collapse of Clifford Chance‘s joint venture has set up a new firm which is expected to link up with Shearman & Sterling. Suet Fern Lee, a highly-rated senior corporate partner, resigned from the Wong Partnership in […]

Last derivatives partner abandons B & M

Highly rated derivatives and structured finance partner Schuyler Henderson is leaving Baker & McKenzie after 10 years to join Norton Rose early in the new year. Just under a month ago David Green, a banking and finance partner at Baker & McKenzie also left the firm to join Goldman Sachs International as senior derivatives counsel. […]

In-house counsel quits

The former deputy director of the division of investment management at the Securities and Exchange Commission, she has worked for major financial institutions such as AIG and Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management, a subsidiary of PaineWebber. The firm says Hoene will focus on mutual funds and the representation of investment advisers. Robert McTamaney, head of corporate […]

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