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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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Ashton KCJ restructures partnership in wake of merger

East Anglian firm Ashton KCJ is planning to overhaul its partnership structure, switching from a two-tier partnership to an all-equity partnership model with a modified lockstep system. The move follows the first full financial year after the October 2011 merger between regional firms Ashton Graham and Kester Cunningham John (5 January 2011) Ashton KCJ’s partnership […]

Procurement for growth

In May 2013, the Cabinet Office published a short procurement policy note called ‘Procurement for growth: a recipe for success’. This is a checklist of practical tips for central government procurers, but there is no reason why other public authorities should not take this on board. The aim is to use the public sector’s buying […]

Ogier is shortlisted for Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards

Ogier has been shortlisted for the Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards in two categories: the Jersey Trust Company of the Year and the Law Firm of the Year Jersey. These two shortlists build on Ogier’s success at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards in May 2013, when Ogier Private Finance won the Trust Company of the […]

DLA Piper receives Gold Standard Certification from WILEF for second year

DLA Piper has received Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for the second consecutive year. WILEF’s Gold Standard Certification is the only initiative directed toward certifying, and broadly celebrating and publicising, eligible law firms that have integrated women into the highest leadership positions in the firm. To qualify for certification, […]

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AIG to announce cost-cutting panel line-up within weeks

Insurance giant AIG is to reveal its new legal panel next month following a review of its Emea advisers. The insurance giant kicked off a revamp of its regional roster earlier this year (14 March 2013) and is expected to reduce the number of firms appointed as well as change its structure.  Insiders say the […]

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