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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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Real estate and hedge fund investors should pay attention to current developments in Luxembourg legislation, says François Pfister

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McDermott Will & Emery has launched in Asia with the first strategic alliance between a US and Chinese law firm. McDermott has established a presence in Shanghai after agreeing a strategic alliance to form MWE China Law offices, creating a Shanghai-based law firm that is licensed in the People’s Republic of China. MWE was founded […]

TwoBirds nets Hammonds sports stars

Bird & Bird has managed to bring in a three-lawyer sports team from Hammonds to accompany the hire of rated commercial sports specialist Jonathan Taylor. Hammonds senior associate Max Duthie joins Bird & Bird as a partner, with a practice focusing on contentious disciplinary issues. Associates Iain Higgins and Anna-Marie Blakeley complete the team. Taylor […]

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