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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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Allen & Overy supports SAP on its change of form to an SE

Allen & Overy has supported corporate software provider SAP on its change of form to a European company (‘societas Europaea’, or SE). The change of form took effect on 7 July 2014 upon entry in the commercial register, after the general meeting approved the step with a majority of 99.57 per cent on 21 May […]

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Allen & Overy has announced the appointment of Amsterdam arbitration partner Marieke van Hooijdonk as a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration for the Netherlands. Van Hooijdonk becomes Allen & Overy’s second member of the court. The ICC International Court of Arbitration is composed of members from almost 90 countries, who are appointed […]

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Back in the day, BYOB had a special ring to university students. There was a house party going down and all were welcome, provided they brought their own booze. Now global big business has only gone and sullied those fond memories by creating another similar initialism, but one that has a lot less romance once […]

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Squire Patton Boggs bucks international trend with Tokyo merger

One of the key findings in this year’s The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 was that while international firms have been reassessing their positionsin the Asia Pacific region, local firms have been going for growth. One firm that is looking to buck that trend is Squire Patton Boggs. The firm, which was formed by the June […]

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