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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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Paul Hastings in real estate merger talks

Californian firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is in merger talks with the majority of the lawyers at New York practice Battle Fowler. If the talks are successful, approximately 110 lawyers from Battle Fowler will join Paul Hastings, leaving about 60. Seth Zachary, joint managing partner of Paul Hastings, says that his firm is planning […]

Sinfield voted out by partners

Davies Arnold Cooper’s managing director has been voted out in favour of the firm’s highly-rated head of construction and engineering. Daniel Gowan is taking over from Nick Sinfield, who held the post as managing director for one year, and DAC executive partner for two years. The title of the top role will switch from managing […]

Rozenberg

There are two types of libel action: the cases I’ve covered as a reporter and the ones I wish I’d covered. Libel trials are the ultimate entertainment, much more exciting than you’d imagine from the wooden reconstructions sometimes served up on television. But just as no theatre-goer would climb onto the stage and start addressing […]

Australian lawyer wins damages

One of Australia’s leading intellectual property lawyers has won record damages in a defamation case against a French law firm which accused him of seducing one of its associates. Stephen Stern, who moved from top Australian firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page to rival Corrs Chambers Westgarth in the middle of the case (The Lawyer, 6 […]

Candian ADR group opens up in London

A Canada-based alternative dispute resolution group, ADR Chambers, is setting up in London, and putting some of the country’s best-known former judges back in work. ADR Chambers will be the first mediation outfit to offer a private final appeal procedure when it opens for business later this month. Its core panel of mediators is comprised […]

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