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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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BLP names Willmott as new financial regulatory group chief

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has announced that Nathan Willmott has been appointed as head of the firm’s financial regulatory group. Willmott replaces Sidney Myers who has headed up the group since 2009. Myers will remain as a partner within the practice and focus on client work. BLP managing partner Lisa Mayhew said: “Having worked in both […]

Shoosmiths announces two new partners among 19 promotions

Shoosmiths has announced two new partners as part of its latest promotions round, with effect from Friday 1 May. The two new partners are Andrea James and Tom Wilde, who previously held senior associate roles within the firm. James leads Shoosmiths’ professional discipline and healthcare regulatory team from the firm’s Manchester office and Wilde is a […]

Goodman Derrick promotes corporate and commercial lawyer to partner

Goodman Derrick has announced that Jessica Nugent has been promoted to the firm’s partnership. Nugent is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with particular knowledge of the technology, media, marketing and leisure sectors. Nugent specialises in providing advice in relation to share and business sales and acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and management buy outs and […]

Eversheds in Asia appoints Barclays head of legal to lead FSDI practice

Muna Dandan, former head of legal for Barclays retail and commercial banking business in the Middle East, joined the firm as a partner on 1 May 2015 to lead the firm’s financial services disputes and investigations (FSDI) practice in Asia. Dandan will be based in Eversheds’ office in Hong Kong, where she has extensive private […]

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