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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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Petrol offer inflames BP claimant

Good news for BP’s lawyers this week with the news that a Texas judge found their attempts to settle a case through inducements to the other side merely unusual, and not unethical. The oil giant is currently embroiled in a massive class action case after a refinery explosion in Texas City, which killed 15 workers. […]

Middle East newcomers face a game of catch-up

Dubai remains a target for global firms, but India could soon be next, says David Middleton International law firms have been pouring into the Middle East for some time – some quite a lot quicker than others – but it’s not hard to see why. When The Lawyer published the top global project finance deals […]

Ashurst set for D-day on LLP and MP posers

Ashurst‘s management board is facing two crucial decisions, on conversion to a limited-liability partnership (LLP) and whether to reappoint managing partner Simon Bromwich for a second term by the end of the year. It is understood that the firm will discuss a possible conversion to LLP status on either 1 May 2007 or 2008 during […]

Real estate assets remain hot in Iberia

While analysts suggest that Iberia’s construction-led economic growth may be close to an end, international investors nevertheless continue to secure high-value real estate assets. International funds, including Singapore’s GIC, Ireland’s Quinlan, the Netherlands’ Cirio and US giants Morgan Stanley and GE have poured billions of euros into the acquisition of high-value assets, including Barcelona’s prestigious […]

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HP legal team under fire from California attorney general

Hewlett Packard’s in-house legal function and senior management is bracing itself for an investigation by California’s attorney general. In a US television interview on Tuesday night, California attorney general Bill Lockyer said: “People’s identities were taken falsely, and it’s a crime. People accessed computer records that had personal information. That’s a crime.” The probe follows […]

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