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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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End of the line for Eversheds’ private client practice

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Nörr launches New York office

German firm Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz is set to open a liason office in New York next week in order to strengthen its referral relationships with US law firms and target US law firms direct. The office will be headed up by Ronald Frohne who is currently joint managing partner of the firm. Frohne will be […]

Wragge’s private client team find new home at Mills & Reeve

Wragge & Co’s 15-strong private client team is moving to the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve. The team is led by partner Gary Barber and includes nine additional fee-earners and five support staff. Their arrival will double the size of Mills & Reeve’s private client team, led by former Martineau Johnson partner Matthew Hansell, […]

Dewey hire signals push into China

Dewey Ballantine has joined the ranks of law firms piling into China by hiring its first Beijing partner. The US firm has recruited Sharon Mann, a former senior director of the Trade Facilitation Office for the US Embassy in Beijing, as the first partner in its Beijing outpost. The office will advise clients on international […]

Kirkpatrick lures Addleshaws star with US link

The London office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has poached experienced IT partner John Entstone from Addleshaw Goddard. Canadian Entstone said that he was keen to exploit the North American client base offered to Nicholson Graham & Jones following its January merger with US firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. “For a long time I’ve wanted […]

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