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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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Ex-RHM legal head hires Bates Wells

RHM Foodbrands’ former interim legal head has instructed Bates Wells & Braithwaite to represent him in his legal dispute with the company, It is understood that Kevin Mutch has turned to Bates Wells’ head of employment William Garnet for advice after he claims he, and another lawyer, were made redundant by RHM. RHM declined to […]

Vymans invokes HRA to bag land registration case

South East firm Vymans Solicitors has succeeded in reinterpreting the Land Registration Act to bring it in line with the Human Rights Act. The three-partner outfit was acting for long-standing client Beaulane Properties in a case heard in the High Court in March. Beaulane was the owner of a 2.4 acre field near Heathrow Airport, […]

Arnold & Porter adds Thelen duo to expanding NY office

Washington DC’s Arnold & Porter has continued its attack on the New York market with the hire of two Thelen Reid & Priest partners. Securities litigation specialists Richard Swanson and Veronica Rendon joined Arnold & Porter early in April. Swanson was co-chair of his former firm’s corporate and securities litigation group. The pair advise on securities […]

Interbrew in-house reshuffle sparks global legal review

Interbrew UK is gearing up to launch a review of its external lawyers following the restructure of its in-house legal function. Interbrew, whose brands include Boddingtons and Stella Artois, has promoted UK general counsel Deepak Malhotra to general counsel for Western Europe. Malhotra will head an 80-strong team across 13 jurisdictions. Interbrew is now looking […]

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