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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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Tulkinghorn has been contacted by an influential figure within one of London’s premier law firms, who asks plaintively whether tax lawyers can ever be sexy. Ever wanting to help out his friends in the City, Tulkinghorn would like to ask readers to help dispel the myth that tax is for boffins. Here’s the challenge: find […]

CC brings in Cuatrecasas lawyer for tax launch

Clifford Chance has launched a tax department in its three-partner Barcelona office with the hire of senior associate José Maria Cusi from the New York office of Cuatrecasas. Cusi had worked at Cuatrecasas since 1996 and had been in the New York office since 2000. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 20 November

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Tulkinghorn was delighted to see Phil Jupitus at this year’s Loties Awards Ceremony for technology. Jupitus asked for a show of lawyers’ hands and when his one main heckler revealed himself as one of only two lawyers in the audience, a torrent of abuse rained down. Tulkinghorn has never experienced such a withering attack. The […]

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Julia Salt and Ben Conway give the lowdown on methods of commercial aviation funding Aviation finance is the generic term used for activities relating to the business of providing funding for participants in the commercial aviation arena. This funding can be supplied through a variety of structures, all with the aim of providing financing solutions […]

FFW auditions European Legal Alliance hopefuls

Field Fisher Waterhouse is conducting the final stages of beauty parades to select an Italian and Spanish firm to join its exclusive network European Legal Alliance The Lawyer understands that Field Fisher will shortly begin negotiations with a preferred Spanish firm and will then proceed to finalise an agreement in Italy.The firm’s main criteria for […]

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