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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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DAC Beachcroft has confirmed that senior members of its London employment and pensions team will face a redundancy consultation. The firm refused to comment on exactly how many jobs were under threat. A statement from the firm read: “DAC Beachcroft’s employment and pensions group operates successfully across five UK locations: Bristol, Leeds, London, Manchester and […]

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Clydes launches fourth US base with Atlanta opening today

Clyde & Co has hired two partners from US firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Cires to launch its fourth US office in Atlanta. Insurance partners Bob Fisher and James Chin launched the office today. Clydes senior partner James Burns said: “Bob and James bring with them extensive experience of complex, high-exposure claims for some of the […]

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Who are the top private equity lawyers rated by clients and lawyers, and what are the secrets of their mysterious art? The Lawyer can reveal all Private equity is well-known for being shrouded in secrecy, so when The Lawyer embarked on a major research project charting key trends in the sector we knew we would […]

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Hong Kong lawyers emerge as team acting for US whistleblower Snowden

Hong Kong firm Ho Tse Wai & Partners has been revealed as the legal team acting for American whistleblower Edward Snowden. Former Democratic Partner chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan, senior partner of Ho Tse Wai, held eleventh-hour negotiations with a Hong Kong government official last Friday (21 June) on Snowden’s behalf, according to the South China […]

Recommind launches new information governance suite

Recommind, a leader in unstructured data management, analysis and governance technology, has released the Recommind Information Governance Suite (IGS), the first integrated governance solution built from the ground up to manage and organise overwhelming amounts of unstructured data using powerful, court-approved machine-learning technology. Built on Recommind’s patented CORE® platform, IGS consists of four tightly integrated […]

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