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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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DLA Piper’s Wilmington office has received the Christopher J Battaglia Memorial Award, which was presented at the Delaware State Bar Association’s annual pro bono awards on 24 October. The award is named after lawyer and community advocate Christopher Battaglia and is given to law firms with the highest employee participation in the United Way Delaware Campaign, […]

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China cracks down on securities violations as several firms fined

Some of China’s largest firms, including Dacheng, JunZeJun and Jingtian & Gongcheng, are among the first to feel the pinch as the country’s stock markets regulator gets tough on accounting fraud in the domestic market. The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has fined one of China’s largest law firm Dacheng a total of RMB1.5m (£154,000) […]

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Asia moves: 29 October

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region. Australia Former Western Australia minister for mines and petroleum, fisheries and electoral affairs, Norman Moore, has joined Minter Ellison as a consultant in Perth. With 36 years as a MP, Moore’s remit with the firm will focus on […]

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11KBW ponders future of CEO role as incumbent exits

11KBW’s first-ever chief executive David Stead is leaving the set to head up the fundraising side of Charities Aid Foundation. Stead became 11KBW’s first chief executive in January 2012, his first appointment at the bar having spent much of his career working in professional services (16 January 2012). He was brought in from Gill Jennings […]

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin names new management lineup as merger goes live

It is the first day of SJ Berwin’s $1bn merger with King & Wood Mallesons, a deal that has been a year in the making and that will eventually result in the rebranding of the now Asia headquartered firm. We spoke to King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin global co-deputy chairman (yes, we know it’s […]

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