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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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A&O takes Nauta Dutilh IP partner

Sven Klos concentrates largely on litigation in respect to patents, copyright law, trade mark law and advertising and media. Commenting on the appointment, Sietze Hepkema, senior partner of Allen & Overy Amsterdam says”The appointment of Sven is not only a testament to A&O’s ability to attract reputed specialists with established reputations, but also a measure […]

Capital markets issuers dictate underwriters’ firms

Companies are increasingly calling the shots on which lawyers banks can use for capital markets transactions. According to research by The Lawyer, law firms acting for the underwriters of capital markets transactions are increasingly being picked by the issuers and not the banks. Companies which regularly tap the capital markets are choosing law firms that […]

Denton Wilde Sapte moves on Abu Dhabi

Denton Wilde Sapte is launching an attack on lucrative projects work after being awarded licences to practise in Abu Dhabi and Oman. The firm acquired a presence in both countries through Denton Hall’s purchase of Fox & Gibbons two years ago (The Lawyer, 13 October 1998). The firm has now won licences to practise in […]

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