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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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From low life to lawyer

Tulkinghorn has on occasion regaled readers with tales of lawyers’ former lives. Many a failed popstar, ageing athlete or one-time bartender has graced this august page. Few, however, have reached the dizzy heights (or should that be lows) of White & Case projects partner Neil Upton. Before the law beckoned, Upton earned his crust as […]

A&O US law partner quits for Novartis general counsel role

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has raided Allen & Overy (A&O) for its new legal chief. Partner Thomas Werlen, who is a member of A&O’s US law group in London, has quit the magic circle firm to join Novartis as general counsel. He is taking charge of a 100-lawyer team in the company’s corporate headquarters in […]

Wedlake pounces for former Boodles chief

Midtown firm Wedlake Bell has snared rival Boodle Hatfield’s former managing partner after he was ousted from the role during a management overhaul last year.

Arnold & Porter poaches Simmons offshore expert

Arnold & Porter has snared Simmons & Simmons IT lawyer Murali Neelakantan, the key figure in Simmons’ booming offshore outsourcing practice. Neelakantan played a crucial role advising Tata Consultancy Services on its role in the National Health Service’s National Programme for IT in the NHS. He joins Arnold & Porter intellectual property and technology group […]

Equitable escapes libel suit despite ‘negligence’ claims

Ernst & Young (E&Y) has decided not to launch a defamation suit against Equitable Life despite Equitable’s continued claims that its audit work was negligent. Following the settlement of the high-profile battle last week, Equitable chairman Vanni Treves said: “We remained confident of proving that Ernst & Young’s audit was negligent; indeed, even its own […]

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