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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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Bristows breakaway opens as Powell Gilbert

Five breakaway partners from IP firm Bristows have today launched their own boutique firm, called Powell Gilbert. The firm launches with contentious IP partners Tim Powell, Penny Gilbert, Simon Ayrton, Zoe Butler and Alex Wilson, as well as five ex-Bristows associates. The partners gave in their notice last year and worked six months notice before […]

SIF finds replacement chairman

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has recruited former Davies Arnold Cooper managing partner David McIntosh as chair. McIntosh has been appointed to replace Paul Marsh, who recently retired from the SIF board. His appointment comes as the SIF prepares to start returning £25.1m in contributions to the profession. The payment, which must be madebefore 30 […]

Free Representation Unit gets chief exec

The Free Representation Unit (FRU) has named Clive Tulloch as its new chief executive. Tulloch, who was a tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers until September 2006, has significant experience in risk and regulation. His appointment follows the departure of director Kelly Essery in April 2006. The FRU is one of the UK’s largest single providers of […]

Dewey raids Reed Smith for finance team

Dewey Ballantine’s New York office has hired two structured finance partners from Reed Smith. John Altorelli and Jeffrey Potash, who have experience in private equity, are hoping to bring work from private equity clients such as the Blackstone Group and corporate such as Sara Lee with them from Reed Smith. Global head of corporate James […]

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