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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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Executive share plans in Russia and the CIS

Effective share-based incentive plans should be designed to align the activities of executives and senior employees with the requirements of the company’s shareholders and meet their expectations with regard to quantum and corporate performance. There is a growing demand in Russia for employers to establish employee benefit schemes for their employees. There has been an […]

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Eversheds continues Africa focus

Eversheds has added five firms to the Eversheds African Law Institute (EALI), the forum it set up last year to promote networking among African firms. The five firms bring the number of EALI members to 23 in 21 countries. The fims are meeting this week in Paris at the first EALI summit, which will be […]

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Eversheds accounts reveal £8.5m spent on restructuring and leases

Eversheds’ latest LLP accounts reveal that the firm spent £8.5m on restructuring and new lease provisions following its strategic review in January 2013. In May Eversheds cut 116 roles (24 May 2013), having put up to 166 jobs at risk across its UK and Asia offices, and closed in Copenhagen as it sought to realign […]

The aftermath for Wragges, LG, CMS, Dundas

Compromising in a relationship can be tricky enough when there are just two people involved. Imagine the headache when two firms marry to become a 1,300 staff, 770-lawyer outfit. The compromises could be life-changing. Wragge & Co will drop its all-equity partnership structure after it merges with Lawrence Graham (LG) in May. For the time […]

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