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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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Hewitsons targets technology market with new Oxford office

Cambridge-based Hewitson Becke + Shaw is planning to open an office in Oxford, making it the first firm to have offices in both cities. The office, which is expected to open in June, will focus on the technology and science sectors, providing advice in the areas of corporate and commercial, property, employment, intellectual property (IP), […]

Bird & Bird HK lands new senior partner

BIRD & Bird’s Hong Kong office has recruited a senior partner from leading domestic practice Victor Chu & Co. Head of corporate David Richardson is joining the specialist IT firm as a partner, and will focus on developing its corporate capability in Asia. He is dual-qualified in UK and Hong Kong law. Richardson has been […]

CIBC world markets

This is the first deal the London office of White & Case has closed for CIBC World Markets. Head of bank finance Maurice Allen scooped the deal through existing relationships with individuals in the bank’s leveraged finance group. Executive director of leveraged finance Europe at CIBC Jonathan Rowland, who used to be at Barclays, had […]

Arnold & Porter boosts IP focus

THE LONDON office of Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter is taking on the founder of the intellectual property (IP) department at Nicholson Graham & Jones. Sarah Kirk specialises in non-contentious IP and IT work, focusing on commercial IP/IT agreements relating to e-commerce, data protection, outsourcing and corporate deal support. At Nicholson Graham & Jones […]

Real Estate

After battling with the after-effects of the Martinez and the Cat Corner and the Cat Corner night club, it is time for more than 15,000 property professionals to assess their Mipim strategy. Boardrooms will reverberate with that all-important word – marketing. But between you and me, what they’re really talking about is selling. This year […]

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