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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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Scottish Law Soc wants disciplinary rethink

The Scottish Parliament is debating whether to let the council of the Scottish Law Society drop its responsibility for disciplining solicitors Presently, all complaints against solicitors are handled by the 51 council members, but a new bill should allow the society to delegate to solicitors and non-solicitors on special client relations committees. The society wants […]

Opinion

Picture a restructuring: groups of bondholders, banks and leasing creditors, each with their own sets of financial and legal advisers; nervous management teams, nervous auditors – further legal advisers needed; a quoted group with some Continental European interests – you guessed it, further scope for legal advice This scenario is neither hypothetical nor exceptionally large. […]

Simpson Thacher in Singapore retreat

Singapore managing partner returns to New York; one of counsel and four associates transfer to Hong Hong Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is to close its Singapore office at the end of this month, following the decision of its managing partner Alan Brenner to return to New York.The firm also employs one of counsel and four […]

Accounting for change

Travers Symons reports on account aggregation services Account aggregation is a relatively new service made possible by recent technological advances. The idea is to allow an account holder to gather information from various financial institutions (or other sources) and to organise and display it in an aggregated format – usually on a single webpage. The […]

Accounting for change

Travers Symons reports on account aggregation services Account aggregation is a relatively new service made possible by recent technological advances. The idea is to allow an account holder to gather information from various financial institutions (or other sources) and to organise and display it in an aggregated format – usually on a single webpage. The […]

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