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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Privacy lawyers scramble to advise celebrities on tabloid phone hacking claims

Lawyers are gearing up for litigation stemming from the News International phone hacking allegations. Graham Shear Yesterday (9 July) The Guardian revealed that Rupert Murdoch’s empire News International had paid out more than £1m to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal phone hacking and other illegal action taken by its journalists. The article has […]

Martineau anoints new senior partner after leadership race

Andrew Whitehead, the head of energy at Birmingham-headquartered Martineau, has become the firm’s new senior partner after a contested election. Andrew Whitehead He replaces Roger Blears, who will continue to head the corporate finance team. Some 10 candidates vied to bag three roles including the senior and managing partner positions, together with a non-executive partner […]

Lovells lands Segro takeover of Brixton

Lovells and Clifford Chance have advised on Segro’s takeover of Brixton, which was agreed yesterday (9 July). The deal will create a £5.5bn company – the largest industrial REIT in Europe by property portfolio value. Lovells corporate partner Nigel Read, who led the team advising long-term client Segro alongside partner Nicola Evans, said that he […]

Mayer Brown partner guilty of Refco fraud

A Mayer Brown partner charged with conspiracy relating to the fraud at collapsed commodities brokerage Refco was found guilty on Friday (10 July). Joseph Collins was formerly head of Mayer Brown’s derivatives group and one of the firm’s most senior partners. As The Lawyer reported in 2007 (19 December 2007), Collins was charged with two […]

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