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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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South African Neville Eisenberg is a long way from his roots, but as Julia Cahill discovers, the BLP managing partner feels right at home in the City He is hardly the archetypal managing partner. Elected at 37, Neville Eisenberg is younger than most of his counterparts across the City. What is more, he is second […]

Aiding betting

After witnessing the closure of Bob Geldof’s deckchair.com, you’d think David Williams would be steering clear of dotcoms. But as Steve Hoare reports, Betfair’s head of legal thinks this one’s a sure bet Walking around Betfair’s plush offices on Hammersmith waterfront, it is as if the dotcom crash never happened. Televisions flash out the latest […]

Pepper Hamilton told: check client conflicts

Lawyers at US firm Pepper Hamilton have been told to run conflict checks on the firm’s clients following an uproar when one client was unknowingly subpoenaed by a partner The decision follows a strongly-worded suggestion by New York District Judge Stephen Orlofsky that the firm improve its conflicts of interest checks between offices. The storm […]

Pollock, Grabiner go head-to-head in slanging match

Two titans of the English Bar, Gordon Pollock QC and Lord Grabiner QC, and Mr Justice Langley were embroiled in a war of words in the run-up to Pollock’s capitulation in phase one of a mammoth High Court dispute The remarkable exchange of insults started when Pollock, head of Essex Court Chambers, accused Langley, one […]

ScottWilks launches in Birmingham

Holborn-based niche commercial litigation firm Scott-Wilks has launched a Birmingham office. The new office will be headed by Philip Jones, formerly a partner at finance law firm Wildes. Jones’s appointment takes the number of partners at ScottWilks to four.

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