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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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Lovells institutes snakes and ladders strategy for lockstep

At least one Lovells equity partner has slid from the top to the bottom rung of the firm’s lockstep ladder via performance-related sanctions introduced last year. Partners at the firm okayed plans last January that gave the partnership council the authority to take action against underperforming partners. So far 10 partners have been affected by […]

CC says: free willies

Clifford Chance‘s global head of corporate Peter Charlton did his bit for Anglo-Sino relations recently when he volunteered to give a team of Chinese lawyers a guided tour of the magic circle firm’s Canary Wharf headquarters. According to the genial Geordie, the swimming pool was free for all of them to use. And if they […]

Olswang seals City property sale

Olswang has landed a deal advising on the £325m sale of the Mid City Place building in London’s High Holborn. Corporate partner Paul Blackmore and real estate partner Stephen Hughes led the team acting on the deal, representing clients of Delancy and Invista Real Estate Investment Management, who owned the property. According to Blackmore, Olswang […]

Rees returns to roots for Welsh City launch

Cardiff-based Hugh James is to launch its first office in London, and has recruited Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman outsourcing partner Phillip Rees to launch the new base. Rees, most recently a partner in the intellectual property team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman, will head the new operation. Before joining Shaw Pitman (just before it merged […]

The efficacy – or otherwise – of covenants

Partners in law firms are more mobile than ever before. Firms are prepared to adopt aggressive expansion policies. The legal press is full of reports of firms making raids for the partners of other firms and of star performers being prised away from their current firms with lucrative remuneration packages. But is it that easy […]

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