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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 […]

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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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Cobbetts targets Russian market for AIM listings

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Allen & Overy (A&O) is to undertake its first major property outsourcing for Land Securities Trillium, after insurance giant Aviva opted for the group over Linklaters’ client Mapeley. Land Securities Trillium saw off stiff competition from Mapeley to win the first stage of a £700m deal. Aviva hopes to have a contract signed by the […]

SJ Berwin scores Kennedys partner for arbitration drive

SJ Berwin is taking steps to prepare for the upcoming 10-country EU accession after recruiting Kennedys‘ former co-head of international arbitration. David Goldberg joins SJ Berwin today (April 5) to help develop its international practice group using his experience of working on Central and Eastern European cases. Alex Leitch, litigation partner at SJ Berwin, said: […]

Mishcons shunts a third of partners out of equity

A radical restructuring of the equity at Mishcon de Reya has seen a third of the partners either leave the firm or lose their equity status. The shake-up has resulted in a 25 per cent hike in average profits per equity partner (PEP) this year and should improve dramatically the figures for 2005. Last year […]

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