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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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BLP plugs gap in market with swoop on Dorsey for tax expert

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its strategy of ramping up its tax practice by hiring star tax partner Liesl Fichardt from US firm Dorsey & Whitney. Fichardt, who will join BLP as a partner, will develop the firm’s contentious and international group within the tax department. Managing partner Neville Eisenberg said building up BLP’s […]

Dechert builds Paris corporate team with Morgan Lewis raid

Dechert has beefed up its Paris corporate and securities practice with the hire of Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner Stephan Alamowitch. Alamowitch, who joined the office last week after two and a half years with Morgan Lewis, has brought three finance associates with him – Adil Guessous, Jelena Vodjevic and Christophe Garcia. According to Alamowitch, […]

Group calls for regional administrative courts

A judicial working group has recommended that there should be four regional centres of the administrative court outside of London. The group, led by Lord Justice May, proposes that courts should be established in Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, with High Court judges sitting outside of London more regularly. The working group report, called Justice […]

Five partners quit PLMJ after merger strategy row breaks out

Leading Portuguese independent firm PLMJ is bracing itself for the departure of five partners and their entire teams, after a dispute over the law firm’s strategy. The most senior partner to leave is corporate head Dulce Franco. Joining Franco are corporate partners Gabriela Rodrigues Martins, José Jácome and Vítor Pereira das Neves, and PLMJ’s real […]

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