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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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LAB investigates immigration appeals

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Trio makes sharp exit to Verulam Chambers

A TEAM of three immigration barristers upped stumps and left their chambers for another set on the day they were offered new tenancies. The three Victoria Quinn, Matthew Sowerby and Sam Themis moved to Verulam Chambers, headed by Michael Edwards QC, from Field Court Chambers earlier this month. At Verulam Chambers, a general commercial and […]

Montreal merger

Two of Montreal’s leading law firms – McMaster Meighen and Mackenzie Gervais – have decided to merge from the start of next month, creating one of the city’s largest practices with over 100 lawyers. The new firm – McMaster Gervais – will take on Mackenzie Gervais’ membership of the Canadian law firm network, Borden DuMoulin […]

Freshfields appoints eight lawyers to Rome office

Freshfields’ fledgling Rome office has got off to an ambitious start with the appointment of eight new lawyers, bringing the number of lawyers based in the Italian capital to 10. More hirings are planned for later this year. The appointments include one at partner level. Raffaele Lener, a well known banking lawyer, has joined from […]

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