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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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Shearman boosts UK-qualifieds’ pay packets

Shearman & Sterling will splash out an estimated £500,000 this year on generous pay hikes for its UK-qualified lawyers in a bid to make itself more attractive to potential recruits. The new packages, unveiled in London last week, will benefit all of Shearman’s 80 UK-qualified associates, both in London and across the firm’s international network. Newly qualified lawyers will be […]

Olswang raids White & Case to bolster TMT team

Olswang has raided White & Case to secure litigation partner Richard Bamforth as the UK firm ramps up its technology and media offering. Bamforth, who specialises in international arbitration and litigation, joins Olswang on Monday 4 April. He leaves White & Case after nearly 10 years at the firm. It is understood that Olswang’s technology […]

Thick as two court Yanks

Ah, the traditions of the English court system. Tulkinghorn was amused to hear of a recent Commercial Court shipping case where, after the usual toing and froing over where instructions should be sent and when the court would next convene, Mr Justice Cooke found it necessary to amend his language for any lawyers based on […]

Oxfam asks City firms to help put stop to poverty

For the first time Oxfam is looking to mobilise the skills and influence of City lawyers as part of a radical campaign to eradicate Third World poverty. The ‘Making Poverty History’ initiative will see City lawyers join forces with Oxfam – among other non-government organisations – to provide pro bono advice on international trade, debt, […]

Herbies ousts Linklaters on TfL Tube project

Herbert Smith has elbowed out Linklaters and scooped the mandate to advise Transport for London (TfL) on the £896m East London Line extension. Herbert Smith has elbowed out Linklaters and scooped the mandate to advise Transport for London (TfL) on the £896m East London Line extension. The firm won the instruction after participating in a beauty parade […]

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