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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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The liquidators of Bernard L. Madoff feeder fund Fairfield Sentry, represented by British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm Forbes Hare and Macfarlanes, have lost two key points before the Privy Council in an important judgment. In a judgment handed down yesterday (16 April), the Privy Council rejected two points of contention between Fairfield Sentry and several […]

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Addleshaw Goddard has nominated partners Adrian Collins and John Joyce as the challengers to replace incumbent Paul Devitt in the firm’s forthcoming managing partner election. The Lawyer first revealed Collins and Joyce as frontrunners for Addleshaws’ leadership battle in February, when it became apparent that partners were bracing themselves for a contested election (17 February […]

Eversheds advises Four Seasons Healthcare on the acquisition of seven Majesticare homes

Eversheds has advised elderly care provider Four Seasons Healthcare on the acquisition of seven homes from Majesticare. The law firm’s team was led by partner Simon Masters, with support from senior associate Nicola Brookes and associate Katie Crocker. Partners Nick Swiss and Nigel Dale and associates Marie-Charlotte Chambers and Jessica Burgess advised Four Seasons on […]

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HFW becomes first UK firm to relocate leader to Asia as senior partner moves to Singapore

Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) senior partner Richard Crump has relocated permanently to Singapore in a move that underlines the firm’s ambitious plans to grow its Asia practice. Ashurst and Herbert Smith Freehills both have a UK-Asia Pacific management structure as part of their post-merger integration, but HFW is thought to be the first non-merged UK […]

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Hogan Lovells leadership rejig leads to new board role for under 45s

Hogan Lovells has created a position on its 12-strong management board for equity partners aged 45 and under. Graduate recruitment partner Ben Higson, who was made up in 2009, is the first partner to take up the position. He was in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list in 2011, having advised on deals worth more than […]

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