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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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Withers brings in former Travers litigator

Withers has hired former Travers Smith litigation partner John Kingston to build up its London-based litigation group. Kingston led Travers’ litigation group from 1980 until 2007. Withers managing director Margaret Robertson said: ­”Litigation is on the rise across the world in this difficult ­economic ­climate and we’re experiencing a growing demand for advice on contentious […]

Garrigues names new chiefs in bumper year

Spain’s largest law firm Garrigues has revealed the names of its new joint managing partners just as it expects to break the e300m (£259.9m) revenue barrier for the first time. Fernando Vives and Ricardo Gómez-Barreda will take up the reins at the start of the new financial year on 1 September for a four-year term. […]

UK firms dig in their heels

There’s nothing like a bit of protectionism for stirring up ill-feeling. As our lead story details, what started out as a group of Bulgarian firms marking their territory against an influx of foreign competition has turned into a full-scale battle, and each side is utterly incensed at the other’s actions. The Bulgarians may have a […]

Eversheds plans its first secondment to Indian ally

Eversheds is planning to send its first-ever secondee to an Indian law firm, with an assistant preparing to go to Khaitan & Co later this year. Four year-qualified ­associate Sandip Khroud will relocate to Khaitan in ­September for an expected three-month secondment. He will split his time between Mumbai and New Delhi. The move is designed […]

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Richard Dinning (left) has been appointed as chairman of DMH ­Stallard, taking over from Derek ­Sparrow. Dinning was previously a real estate finance partner at Addleshaw Goddard. Move of the week His appointment comes as DMH Stallard looks to implement its ­latest three-year strategy, ­positioning itself as a “better value” alternative to magic circle and […]

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