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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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Senior clerk leaves Falcon Chambers

London property set Falcon Chambers has parted company with senior clerk Mark Clewley on. The set has chosen not to appoint first deputy Steven Francis, who is currently the acting senior clerk, as the successor, despite his long service under Clewley. Head of chambers Jonathan Gaunt QC says: “We’re all sorry to see Mark go, […]

Employment exchange

Simmons head of employment Janet Gaymer is tipped to be the firm’s next senior partner. But does she have enough energy to take on the role? Janet Gaymer – the head of employment at Simmons & Simmons who is widely tipped to take over from senior partner Bill Knight when he retires – is exhausting. […]

pinewood and shepperton studios

Pinewood Studios has proved to be not only a high-profile client for Travers Smith Braithwaite but a lucrative one too. The firm initially acted for a newco set up by a consortium led by Sir Michael Grade and backed by 3i, which launched a £62m MBO of Pinewood from Rank in February 2000. On this […]

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With the election seemingly coming up, invites for the fundraisers have been coming in. Nothing, alas, for the infamous Lord Irving bash, but so non-committal has the Lawyer been about his true political leanings that we have cards on the mantelpiece for three separate party functions. I’m going to find the spring rather a strain, […]

Ashursts beats rivals to win work for Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank

Ashurst Morris Crisp has won out against two City rivals to pick up work for the first time from Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank’s acquisition finance unit. The firm acted for the German bank’s London office on refinancing the debt within Merlin Entertainments Group. While Ashursts has worked with Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank before, both in its domestic […]

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