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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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Akin Gump launches in Abu Dhabi

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Citi and Wells Fargo battle for Wachovia

The litigators have been called in for a dispute over the purchase of US bank Wachovia between potential buyers Citigroup and Wells Fargo. The battle began last week when Citi instructed New York litigator Greg Joseph, name partner at Gregory P Joseph Law Offices and former litigation chairman at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. […]

Robert Anderson QC: Blackstone Chambers

If a movie was made about your life, which actor would play you and why?Tom Cruise (for the height) and Boris Karloff (for the looks). Charlie Chaplin should do the stunts. What was your first-ever job?A camping courier in the Vendée. What was your worst ­experience as a pupil?Rushing out the door with an armful […]

Wild frontiers: Sarah Clinch, Aureos Advisors

As legal counsel at private equity house Aureos Advisors, Sarah Clinch often has to work in countries with little, if any, legislation for financial deals. Looking for a lawyer in Brunei? Step forward Sarah Clinch, legal ;counsel at private equity house Aureos Advisors. “Joining Aureos has certainly improved my geography,” says Clinch, whose company operates […]

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Dead Zeppelin?

Mirroring the residential property market boom, conveyancing practices inflated in size like helium-filled balloons. And when the market began to fall, the sound of air escaping conveyancing practices reverberated through destinations like Milton Keynes, Leeds and the West End like the sound of a thousand raspberries being blown at once. Twenty-five at Fox Hayes, four […]

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