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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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Williams F1 GC quits for Italian in-house role

Williams F1 general counsel Jane Moffat has left the Formula One racing team to join GE Oil & Gas in Italy. Moffat will start as senior counsel, global services at GE Oil & Gas in Florence, having been general counsel and a board member of Williams since 2007. Moffat said: “I’m sad to leave Williams […]

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Insolvency: right to supply

In these uncertain times, suppliers need to protect themselves against losing their biggest clients, say Jonathan Wheeler and John Adams. In recent months we have seen the demise of some of our best-known high street retailers such as Woolworths and MFI. With the closure of further high street names likely as more companies feel the […]

Simon Allen, Russell Jones & Walker

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why? Slough, because it was Slough. What was your first-ever job? A dehydrator of peas at Batchelors in Sheffield. As the peas lost their will to live, so did I. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Being sent to buy a cabbage from the […]

Your law firm dissolution: what next?

Law firm dissolutions are occurring at an alarming rate. But any law firm contemplating dissolution will quickly learn that the limited liability partnership act governing their particular partnership agreement provides very little guidance. Law firm dissolutions are occurring at an alarming rate, with Heller Ehrman, Thelen and Thatcher Profitt & Wood having all dissolved in […]

In-house lawyers take textbook approach to art of legal panels

A group of leading in-house lawyers is launching a start-to-finish guide to creating a legal panel, which is to be offered free to members. The Chief Legal Officers (CLO) ;programme ;is intended to create a standard model for appointing a panel and remove the cost of outsourcing the process. It will draw on six years […]

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