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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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Herbert Smith Brussels gets new managing partner

Herbert Smith has appointed Craig Pouncey as the new managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office. Pouncey, a competition law specialist is taking over from Stephen Kinsella who has been managing partner since 1994. Pouncey’s practice encompasses market investigations, litigation, as well as complex merger clearances, including acting for Carnival Corporation on the European Commission’s […]

Complaint feint

The Legal Services Complaints Commissioner is on a mission to get the Law Society’s complaints-handling in order and is now equipped with powers to impose a £1m fine. By Jon Robins If the Law Society is supping at the last chance saloon over its continuing failure to sort out its act over complaints-handling – as […]

Law Soc C&I Group receives double blow

The Law Society’s group for in-house lawyers, the Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group, was left reeling last week by the resignation of national vice-chair Anthony Armitage and the breakaway of its London arm. Armitage handed in his resignation on 19 October from his roles as a director of C&I Group’s incorporated arm and as vice-chair […]

Gibson Dunn makes push in Brussels

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has expanded its embryonic Brussels presence taking on Howrey Simon Arnold & White partner David Wood and Crowell & Moring partner James Ashe-Taylor. The firm opened its Brussels practice a year ago when Squire Sanders & Dempsey partner Peter Alexiadis defected with a small team. Ashe-Taylor will split his time between […]

Fidal scoops EY Law partner

EY Law in Paris has lost yet another partner – this time to rival Fidal. Hervé Bidaud, a tax specialist, moves to the French number one after time as a partner at both Archibald Andersen and EY. As well as being a part of Fidal’s tax practice, Bidaud will work with Fidal’s management to develop […]

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