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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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Olswang loses Kean to Wiggin and Co

THE LEADING media firm Olswang has lost one of its partners to Cheltenham-based niche practice Wiggin and Co. Caroline Kean ends a seven-year stint at Olswang when she joins Wiggins as head of media litigation this week. Wiggin and Co, which also has operations in London and Los Angeles, has been expanding its media client […]

Specialist group is gaining ground

THE ASSOCIATION of Personal Injury Lawyers has done its best to resist the temptation to gloat. But the group is delighted at its success in breaking the deadlock between the Law Society and the Bar Council over conditional fee model terms of engagement for counsel. That breakthrough, reported in last week’s issue of The Lawyer, […]

LeBoeufs hires finance specialist

FLEDGLING multinational partnership (MNP) LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has boosted its ranks with the signing of Morgan Grenfell International deputy chair David Suratgar. London-based Suratgar has resigned his appointment as of counsel to San Francisco’s Morrison & Foerster and Paris firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn. He took up a similar post with the new […]

Mishcons raids property firm

LONDON firm Mishcon De Reya is taking on four lawyers from the West End property firm Rabin Leacock Lipman. But at the same time four Mishcons equity partners are leaving: Brian Hepworth (litigation), Peter Armstrong (media), Graham Stedman and Paul Salmon (company). The Rabin Leacock move is Mishcon’s second acquisition of property lawyers in a […]

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