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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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DLA Piper appoints Aravind Swaminathan as Seattle ​litigation partner

Aravind Swaminathan has joined DLA Piper’s litigation practice as a partner in the Seattle office. Previously an assistant US attorney in the Western District of Washington, Swaminathan led the cybercrime outreach programme and worked extensively with the Federal Trade Commission and other stakeholders on data privacy issues. He also served in the Complex Crimes Unit […]

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Back to the future: Looking back to 2008

In 2008 we quizzed leading legal management on how the market would look in 2013. Read what they had to say here and assess for yourself how accurate they were. David Childs, Clifford Chance Our market will continue to be driven by the needs of international clients and the growing number of increasingly complex matters […]

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence — September 2013

DLA Piper has released the September 2013 issue of its Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence publication. Contents Italy: yes, live poker is a skill game Greece: government sells its stake in OPAP Germany: free network feed-in for public channels Germany: Kabel Deutschland liable for approximately €46m in back royalties to collecting society VG Media Ukraine: […]

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Schillings relaunches as privacy and cyber-security firm

Schillings is relaunching itself as an integrated legal, risk management and IT security and investigation business targeting the growing market in reputation management for corporates and high net worth individuals. Senior partner Keith Schilling told The Lawyer that managing corporate reputations was increasingly tied to understanding the way social media and IT security works, from […]

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