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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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Brief encounter: Anthony collins solicitors

Next year’s president of the Law Society will be Anthony Collins. The licensing specialist founded Anthony Collins Solicitors 27 years ago, where he is now senior partner. Then it was just Collins himself and a secretary, whereas today there are 160 people working for the Birmingham-based firm, 17 of whom are partners, with a further […]

Ten faces of bcci

Peter Horrocks, Lovells Horrocks was the lead partner for Lovells acting for the liquidators from the moment the bank went down until his retirement in 1998. He was largely responsible for scooping the work for Lovells as he had worked closely with Deloitte & Touche previously, and he was the firm’s man in Abu Dhabi […]

A&O wins insolvency partners in New York

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) New York office is hiring two insolvency partners from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, providing the firm with a restructuring capability in New York for the first time. David Frauman and Ken Coleman resigned from Cadwalader at the beginning of last week and are expected to start at A&O today (30 April). […]

Osborne Clarke leads the way in 2001’s first technology IPO

Osborne Clarke has pulled off its first technology initial public offering (IPO) on the main London stock market this year, in what is believed to be the first new listing by an IT company of 2001. The firm, led by corporate partners Bruce Roxburgh and Tim Birt, advised long-term client Marlborough Sterling on its £76m […]

CC hires insurance ace from CGNU

Clifford Chance has recruited Ian MacDonald, group legal counsel at CGNU, to its global financial institutions group. MacDonald will be the senior manager of insurance and will lead corporate transactions for the firm’s insurance and reinsurance clients. His fee-earning role will also include coordinating global initiatives such as the development and delivery of client care […]

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