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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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A team from US firm Latham & Watkins, led by managing partner of the London office Joseph Blum, represented the State of Qatar in raising $1bn in the southern Arabian state’s first international sovereign debt offering. The debt was sold to US, European and other investors. The underwriters in the offering were Credit Suisse First […]

Summing up accountants

Accountants have radically improved the services they provide to lawyers, according to the fifth annual survey by The Lawyer, in association with Baker Tilly accountants. The results of this year’s survey – on how lawyers view their accountants – indicate that the majority of lawyers are happy with the services accountants provide, believing that their […]

In brief: Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is to open a training centre in Amsterdam in the next few weeks. The centre is aimed at improving the uniformity of Clifford Chance work across continental Europe in all practice areas. It is believed that all lawyers in the firm’s 14 European offices will be obliged to attend for 14 days training […]

McDermotts expands London litigation team

US firm McDermott Will & Emery has announced the appointment of three associates to its London litigation group. Nick Vodovich joins from Gouldens and Samantha McBain from Lovell White Durrant. Kate Learoyd will join the firm from Rowe & Maw in August. John Reynolds, who heads the litigation group, says: “They are lawyers of the […]

Hodgart Consulting merges with US firm Hildebrandt

A UK and a US legal consulting firm are merging to form what will be the largest consultancy of its kind in the world. UK firm Hodgart Consulting is merging with Hildebrandt of the US on 1 May to form Hildebrandt International in the first transatlantic union of legal consultants. Francis Quinlan, a senior consultant […]

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