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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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Vectura

KLegal corporate partner Patrick Martin boasts private equity fund Merlin as one of his biggest clients, and it has moved with him from Pinsent Curtis to Price Waterhouse’s law firm Arnheim & Co, and from there to KLegal. Merlin became one of the founding investors in Bath-based drug delivery company Vectura in 1997, and Martin […]

Freshfields fees set to soar

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer could push Linklaters & Alliance into third place for turnover this year for the first time ever. Boosted by the merger with Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber in August last year, Freshfields expects its gross fees to rocket to more than £600m for the year 2000-2001. That is more than a 50 per […]

Holland & Knight gets closer to target size with NY merger

Florida firm Holland & Knight, one of the 10 largest US firms, is merging with New York practice Gilbert Segall and Young. The merger increases the firm’s lawyer count to 130 in New York and gives it its first presence in Europe through Gilbert Segall’s Finland office. Gilbert Segall is a 30-lawyer firm focusing on […]

Non fee-earner wins SJ Berwin partnership

SJ Berwin has taken the unusual step of appointing a non fee-earning partner. Head of knowledge management Simon Witney has been promoted to the partnership along with six other fee-earners in London. Witney became the firm’s first head of knowledge management in January 2000. He was previously a fee-earner in corporate finance. Witney says: “This […]

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