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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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Oppenhoff partners merge in Berlin after Linklaters ‘snub’

Hogan & Hartson partners have voted in favour of creating a new Berlin office with a group of senior Oppenhoff & Rädler lawyers. The move follows discontent among some of the Oppenhoff partners in Berlin because Linklaters & Alliance, which the firm has recently merged with, was mainly interested in the Frankfurt office. The US […]

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Manches advised sales and customer service business Atmyside.com on a funding from Regional Interactive Media. The investment values Atmyside.com at £2.5m. Company and commercial partner Matthew Martin acted on the deal, while Macfarlanes represented Regional Interactive Media.

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Lee Crowder has appointed corporate recovery and insolvency partner Zafar Rafiq from Gateley Wareing’s Leicester office. Bringing to the firm a wide spectrum of experience in liquidations, bankruptcies and receiverships administrations and well-regarded in the Midlands and the North, Rafiq has previously worked for DLA in Sheffield and Leeds. L2Bgroup is believed to have become […]

Nine out of ten law firms have no cover

With less than two weeks to go before the demise of the Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund, market sources say that as few as 10 per cent of firms are signed up for insurance on the open market. Most of the concern is centred on SME-focused firms with 10 to 25 partners, a sector in which there […]

Holmans in Greece loses head

Holman Fenwick & Willan’s Greek office is losing its managing partner to Watson Farley & Williams. John Krzywkowski, who was set to move back to Holman Fenwick’s London office next year, has decided to remain in Piraeus. He is taking shipping partner Jeremy Watson with him. Krzywkowski has already been replaced by Charles Lowe, who […]

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