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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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Blake Dawson hires Brits for Japanese practice

Australian firm Blake Dawson Waldron has significantly boosted its Japan practice by making two UK hires. The firm, which operates a Japanese practice out of Australia, has bolstered the group with the appointment of former Lovells corporate partner Rupert Lewi and Allen & Overy senior finance associate Jim Hunwick.

Corporation of London cuts back City’s votes

The voting powers of lawyers working for law firms based in London’s Square Mile have significantly declined following a change of rules by the Corporation of London. Most affected will be UK firms with a high proportion of their partnerships based outside of the City. Since 1851 all unlimited liability partnerships, as well as sole […]

Real estate deals round-up

Nabarro Nathanson (Malcolm Iley) advised Leicester City Council on a £300m integrated waste management PFI project. The contract will be delivered by Biffa, advised by Cripps & Shone (John Gabbitas) and on construction matters by Lester Aldridge. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Mark Wheelhouse) advised Cinven on the real estate aspects of its £204m recommended cash offer […]

Pillsbury hires Wilson Sonsini’s New York co-founder for East Coast push

Pillsbury Winthrop has widened its recruitment drive to the US East Coast after taking on the co-founding partner of West Coast rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s New York office. Babak ‘Bo’ Yaghmaie is joining the firm’s corporate and securities group where he will specialise in high-tech, life science, investment bank and venture capital clients. […]

Trainee solicitor salaries swell as Law Society Council steps in

Trainee solicitors have welcomed a “modest” pay in-crease, which sees minimum salaries for trainee solicitors rise from £14,600 to £15,300 in central London and from £13,000 to £13,600 in England and Wales, following a review by the Law Society The society has also boosted its recommended minimum salary in London from £15,600 to £16,200 and […]

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