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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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Norton Rose to reveal all following LLP conversion

Norton Rose has agreed in principle to convert to a limited liability partnership (LLP). The firm’s partners voted on the conversion at the partnership conference held in London at the weekend (12 November). A timetable for conversion is yet to be set. Several regulatory hurdles in Norton Rose’s foreign offices will need to be overcome […]

Ashurst beats City rivals to secure £435m Hikma Pharmaceuticals IPO

Ashurst beats City rivals to secure £435m Hikma Pharmaceuticals IPO” />Ashurst has beaten 10 of the City’s top firms in a beauty parade to secure the lead role advising Hikma Pharmaceuticals in relation to its £435m IPO on the London Stock Exchange. The silver circle firm is understood to have beaten the likes of Herbert […]

Clifford Chance overhauls New York management

Clifford Chance’s offices in New York and Asia have undergone a change of management with the chief operating officer and finance director roles changing hands. Laurence Porter, the current COO for Clifford Chance in Asia, is moving to New York to take up the same role covering the Americas from 1 January 2006. Porter has […]

Affirming affections

They say a merger is a marriage contract, but surely carrying out a ceremony is taking things a little too far?Nevertheless, Tulkinghorn couldn’t refrain from dabbing at his eyes with a lacy hanky at the news that Sean Twomey, Norton Rose‘s unflappable PR chief, has tied the knot with Allen & Overy (A&O) employment professional […]

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