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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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– The BBC has promoted Valerie Nazareth, a senior lawyer in its programme legal advice department, to become the team’s new head. She will succeed Glenn Del Medico, who retires in August. – Leo Abse & Cohen has restructured its private client department, resulting in the appointment of a new head of residential conveyancing. Heather […]

Cooley Goddard loses partner of 10 years

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has taken its second Cooley Godward partner in as many months, this time for its IP practice. Kathryn Wheble, a partner for 10 years at the firm, will move to Kirkpatrick’s San Francisco office. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 1 June

Clementi warned that independence is critical

The legal profession last week welcomed Sir David Clementi’s ‘Review of the Regulatory Framework for Legal Services’, but warned against compromising lawyers’ independence. Clementi asked for opinions on three regulatory models, as well as complaints handling and alternative business structures. The consultation period ended last Friday (4 June). None of the professional bodies support the Financial […]

Private equity partner joins Wragges exodus

Wragge & Co has lost its fifth partner in six months, with private equity partner Peter McLintock quitting to join the Birmingham arm of Midlands rival Hammonds. McLintock, previously a senior legal adviser to venture capitalist 3i, is leaving the Birmingham giant to head up Hammonds’ Midlands private equity practice. Confirming McLintock’s resignation, Wragges senior […]

Bird & Bird targets French independent for partner drive

Bird & Bird’s Paris office has taken on its second new partner within a month, recruiting the head of public law from French independent August & Debouzy. Jean Dominique Bloch will lead Bird & Bird’s public law team, and has been joined by two assistants from his former firm. With the hires, Bird & Bird’s […]

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