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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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Unihold

Unihold International acquires a 60 per cent stake in German IT consultancy BKC with an option to acquire the rest of the company for DM40m (£12.1m). Unihold advised by Berwin Leighton (Simon Pollock) and on German law by Raupach & Wollert-Elmendorff. BKC advised by Haarmann Hemmelrath.

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The Human Rights Act 1998 The Human Rights Act 1998, which came into force on 2 October this year, incorporates into domestic law the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Of particular significance to family lawyers are the convention rights in Article 6 of the right to a fair hearing, […]

Clifford Chance to recruit former UBS global counsel

Clifford Chance is poised to take on the former global general counsel of UBS Warburg Dillon Read. Mark Harding is planning a return to the firm he left in 1996, when he decided to join the investment banking arm of UBS. He walked out of the bank in July, saying he was taking several months […]

Hays buys recruitment agency ZMB

Business-to-business service provider Hays has acquired legal recruiter ZMB to combine with Hays Richard Owen, Hays’ legal recruitment arm. Hays ZMB plans to cross-sell its legal recruitment capability with its IT and accountancy divisions. Hays Personnel Services, under which Hays ZMB will be run, brings in 42 per cent of the earnings of Hays and […]

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