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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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London team finishes NGT project

Hammonds has comp-leted a £1.5bn contract for new construction, engineering and projects client National Grid Transco (NGT) after winning a competitive pitch. The team, led by London construction head Rupert Cowen, spent 10 months designing four ‘alliance agreements’ for NGT. During those months Hammonds was appointed as one of NGT’s three general commercial advisers along with Eversheds […]

Shearman loses antitrust head to $3m Cadwalader sweetener

Cadwalader Wicker-sham & Taft has secured Shearman & Sterling antitrust star Steven Sunshine after tabling a dazzling annual remuneration package believ-ed to exceed $3m (£1.6m). As first revealed on www. thelawyer.com (3 March), Shearman global antitrust head Sunshine is joining Cad-walader with junior partners Jess Biggio and David Wales. It is understood that Cadwalader beat […]

Takeover Panel extends director’s incumbency

Richard Murley (right), the Director General of the Takeover Panel, has accepted the panel’s invitation to extend his secondment until 30 November 2005. Murley, who works for Goldman Sachs, took up office in April 2003. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 28 February LSC appoints new chairSir Michael Bichard has been appointed as the new chair of […]

In-housers rule the roost on MoD’s IT outsourcing

In-house teams are dominating for the consortia bidding for the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) £4bn IT outsourcing deal. Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is advising the MoD on the Defence Infrastructure Initiative project, but with the bidding down to two consortia it was the in-house teams that are doing the bulk of the legal work. The […]

Pillsbury offloads insurance litigation team ahead of merger

Merging US firms Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pitman have made their first bold move to offload unwanted practices sending a 20-lawyer insurance litigation team to Hunton & Williams. The group of four partners, one counsel and fifteen associates are led by Walter Andrews and Lon Berk, who will join Hunton & Williams’ Northern Virginia office. […]

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