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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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Wilde Sapte to lose Barings case to CC

Wilde Sapte is set to lose Deloitte & Touche and remaining fees from the Barings case when litigation partner Philip Rocher goes to Clifford Chance at the start of the next year. Rocher’s main client Deloitte & Touche is a defendant in the £1bn Barings case. The case is set for 2001 at London’s High […]

Chadbournes in Tunisian power deal

Chadbourne & Parke, Baker & McKenzie and Davis Polk & Wardwell and have completed a £480m deal to construct a power station expected to supply 25 per cent of Tunisia’s electricity. US firm Chadbourne & Parke acted for the sponsors on the deal, PSEG Global, Sithe Energies and the Marubeni Corporation, which formed a Tunisian […]

Lee Crowder poaches partner

BIRMINGHAM construction law firm Neil F Jones will lose senior partner Jeffrey Brown to rival firm Lee Crowder. He joins Lee Crowder as a construction law partner. Brown, senior partner for five years before stepping down in January to be replaced by Simon Baylis, is due to join Lee Crowder next month. He wants to […]

Nelsons aims for nationals' regional work

Nelson & Co has poached lawyers from Hammond Suddards, Eversheds and Sheffield firm Graysons in a bid to target work normally done by national firms. Tim Wimbush has moved from Graysons to become a corporate partner at Nelsons. Peter Middleton joins after being a commercial litigation lawyer for 10 years at Eversheds in Teesside. He […]

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