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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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CC America’s chief steps down early

John Carroll, the managing partner of Clifford Chance’s Americas region has announced he is stepping down from the role, nearly nine months before his term was due to expire. The move comes just two months after managing partner Peter Cornell jetted to New York to troubleshoot the firm’s US operation. Carroll, who cited a desire […]

Cadwalader raids Norton Rose for London finance push

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is continuing its push into the London finance market with the hire of Norton Rose partner Christian Parker. It is the second major hire for Cadwalader in the space of a week, following the recruitment of Allen & Overy collateralised debt obligation (CDO) specialist Angus Duncan. Earlier this month, the firm […]

Simmons gives green light to international executive plan

The Simmons & Simmons partnership has given new managing partner Mark Dawkins carte blanche to shake up its management. The partnership approved Dawkins’ plans, which were first revealed by The Lawyer (24 January), to set up an international executive to replace Simmons’ current London-based executive committee. The proposal, which was put forward at the firm’s […]

Dechert signs lease at Times Square

Dechert London has concluded its protracted search for new premises with a deal to take up offices at Times Square. The Philadelphia-based firm has signed a lease to take on 55,000sq ft at Times Square, 160 Queen Victoria Street, with an option to take additional space. The office will accommodate 280 fee-earners and support staff. […]

The gee-gee whizz

Andrew Reid offers further proof, if it were needed, that lawyers do not always conform to traditional stereotypes. Reid is the founder and senior partner of Mayfair firm Reid Minty. In between running his firm, he is busy as London’s only professional racehorse trainer, with over 137 flat winners being trained out of his Mill […]

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