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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Cummings makes first US push into Ghana

Michigan-based firm Cummings McClorey Davis & Echo has become the first US firm to open an office in Ghana. The firm has taken advantage of the fact that one if its lawyers, Joseph Nimako, is qualified in Ghana and has previously served as a solicitor and advocate for the Ghana Supreme Court and as a […]

Clifford Chance's Harding is Barclays' new legal chief

Barclays Bank has finally secured its new general counsel after a year-long search. It has appointed Clifford Chance banking partner Mark Harding, who will join at the end of June.Harding, who replaces former general counsel Howard Trust, told The Lawyer: “I can’t think of a better English bank to work for.”However, Harding will not have […]

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It costs at least £150,000 to create a single lawyer. And a whole lotta love, of course. In one fell swoop, then, when Denton Wilde Sapte took the decision to retain just 20 of its 48 trainees, the firm was throwing away about £4m worth of investment Investigations by The Lawyer have revealed that Dentons […]

Cobbetts signs up Stanbrook Hooper for EU advice

Manchester and Leeds-based Cobbetts has formed an alliance with Belgian trade law boutique Stanbrook & Hooper to provide its clients with EU law advice. The firms were introduced through their common membership of the State Capital Global Law Firm Group.

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