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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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Hammonds opens global public law dept in Brussels

National law firm Hammond Suddards Edge has set up a public international law practice to work alongside its European law team in Brussels. The team, which will also work closely with the dispute resolution team, will advise sovereign governments, international organisations and companies involved in international trade and investment. Its launch coincides with the appointment […]

Response

Roger Smith, the Law Society’s director of legal education and training, responds to The Lawyer’s article on 5 February, “Confusion as LPC ratings are published before completion” The fruits of a comprehensive review of the Law Society’s training strategy agreed by its council two years ago are now becoming apparent. One example of this was […]

Opinion

Convergence is a buzzword used by many, but not necessarily understood, even by some of those who use it. Essentially, it is the coming together of the media, IT and telecommunications sectors in terms of technology, products, services and markets. We now have interactive television, we can connect to the internet on our mobile phones […]

Shearmans appoints top IP partner from Fish & Neave

Shearman & Sterling has raided leading Los Angeles intellectual property (IP) boutique Fish & Neave for the second time in six months. Top litigator and Palo Alto senior partner Edward Mullowney is joining Shearmans’ Menlo Park office as a partner. Last October, fellow Fish & Neave partner and biotech and IP expert Vicki Veenker also […]

A view from Paris

Following the important success of the financial markets in 1999, the French legal market as a whole, and the business lawyer market in particular, has been going through major restructuring and reorganisation. In the past few years, several City law firms have established new offices in Paris, and those already in place have strongly increased […]

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