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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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Nabarro Nathanson has launched a bespoke training programme for its clients on the current and proposed legislation in employment, environment, accident and injury claims control and health and safety. Corporate killing, data protection, human rights and regulatory issues are among the subjects that can be covered.

The Capita Group

The Capita Group acquires the remaining 74 per cent stake in Eastgate Group for £15m. The Capita Group represented by Herbert Smith (Tim Steadman). Shareholders Lion Holdings advised by Macfarlanes and Dukes Place Holdings represented by Debevoise & Plimpton.

Box clever

Leaving a successful US firm in favour of a UK one may seem to many a surprising career move. But Texan Anglophile Tamara Box is in her element. Fiona Callister investigates Can anyone remember the last time a lawyer appeared on Parkinson? No, because so many lawyers seem to believe that everything that comes out […]

Beachcroft

Beachcroft Wansbroughs partner Andrew Parker has been elected as the new president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil). Parker will focus on rehabilitation in injury claims and income-based settlements for future loss. Tim Wallis, senior partners at Crutes, has been elected vice president.

DAC loses top insurance partner to client

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) is losing an insurance and reinsurance partner to one of its clients, Jardine Lloyd Thompson. Edward Foss is joining the company, the fifth-largest broker in the world, in the new year, although a date has not yet been fixed. He is set to join the in-house department to specialise in litigation […]

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