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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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Thomsons takes on in-house technology lawyer

Leisure giant Thomson Travel Group has appointed its first in-house IT specialist. Karen Goh has joined the company from Masons. Her appointment comes after a radical overhaul of Thomsons’ legal function last summer. Until then the group had separate legal provisions for each division, such as Britannia Airways, Thomson Holidays and Lunn Poly. But under […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

There will be a lot of hormonally challenged youths this week facing the daunting prospect of actually having to leave their bedrooms if they want to get the latest Limp Bizkit album. Last week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the US upheld parts of an injunction against Napster, an online company that enables […]

Cobbetts dumps Legal 500 and rethinks stance on Chambers

Manchester-based Cobbetts is pulling out of Legal 500 and intends to review its position on Chambers & Partners in the year ahead. Michael Shaw, managing partner at Cobbetts, says that the decision to pull out of Legal 500 is based on the directory’s method of research rather than the fee to place a submission, which […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Interactive entertainment software company Warthog is admitted to AIM with a capitalisation of £18m and proceeds of £5m. Warthog advised by Halliwell Landau (Nigel Brown). Anite Group acquires Calculus Solutions, a provider of customer care and billing software solutions to telecoms companies, for a maximum of £50m, dependant on Calculus meeting profit targets. Anite advised […]

Deweys sacks twelve in NY economic slowdown

Dewey Ballantine is laying off 12 lawyers from its New York office as attrition rates fall to their lowest level in nearly a decade. The associates, who are from a variety of departments and levels of experience, were told last week that they are being what the firm describes as “outplaced”. Chairman Everett Jassy says […]

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