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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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Careers: People

BPP Law School has hired Chris Maguire as its first director of quality assurance and enhancement. Maguire joins from the Bar Council, where he has worked for the last 11 years monitoring legal education. Davies Arnold Cooper has made a trio of lateral hires to its property team: Chris Baker joins from Denton Wilde Sapte, […]

David Curtin: Aspen Re

The Spitzer price-fixing investigation could spell big changes for the insurance industry. Aspen Re’s David Curtin is keeping a close eye on the outcome. By Joanne Harris Just over a year ago, New York Attorney-General Eliot Spitzer sent shockwaves through the insurance world when he announced he was launching an investigation into broking giant Marsh & McLennan. […]

Paul Hastings raids rivals for inaugural Italian office

Following a period of protracted negotiations, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has at last made its Italian debut with the hires of Norton Rose Italian founder Roberto Cornetta and Parmalat head of legal Bruno Cova. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (12 April), Cornetta and Cova were voted into Paul Hastings’ equity earlier this month. They join the firm as […]

Gilberto Silva’s fruity balls

Lovells did its bit for charity on 7 April. The firm hosted a glamorous reception to promote Street League, a charity that uses football to promote social inclusion, crime reduction, conflict resolution and education. The event was attended by Arsenal FC and Brazil footballer Gilberto Silva and former Wimbledon FC manager David Bassett. It included a draw […]

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