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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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Wright Hassall joins list of firms to gain ABS licence

Midlands-based Wright Hassall is the latest firm to be granted an ABS licence, as the number of organisations moving away from traditional legal services structures continues to grow. The firm was granted its licence on 5 March. It is one of a number of organisations to have joined the ABS register this year, including BT […]

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Ashurst and Pinsents stick neck out for Tesco’s £49m Giraffe buy

Ashurst and Pinsent Masons have won key roles advising on a buyout that sees supermarket giant Tesco acquire restaurant chain Giraffe for £48.6m. Ashurst corporate partner Mark Sperotto took the lead for Tesco, which has bought a 100 per cent stake in Giraffe, with group general counsel Adrian Morris confirming that the firm is a […]

Simmons & Simmons expands Amsterdam intellectual property team

Simmons & Simmons has appointed Hidde Koenraad as a partner in its intellectual property (IP) team in Amsterdam. Koenraad joins from Dutch IP boutique firm Vondst Advocaten and is recognised as a leader lawyer in the field of ‘soft’ IP. He is experienced in advising and litigating on IP law, including trademark, design and copyright […]

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Boutique boom

The rise of the litigation boutique has been one of the key features of the profession in the post-2008 disputes boom. Fed up of being the poor relation in major firms, several litigators have taken the plunge and gone it alone with their own shop. Former Addleshaw Goddard partner Simon Twigden was among the first. […]

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