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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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Rebel Code by Glyn Moody, published by Allen Lane (ISBN 0713995203)

This book is about one of the most important issues facing anyone involved in IT or new media. It should be required reading for techies because it puts the fundamental power shifts taking place in the software marketplace into historical context. The Open Source movement has so frightened Bill Gates that last week he announced […]

Shearmans reshuffles key partners in the UK and US

New York firm Shearman & Sterling is reshuffling its Silicon Valley management and sending out one of its senior London partners. Head of the Bay Area Peter Lyons will return to New York after just one year in the post. He will be replaced by London partner John Wilson, a senior US securities lawyer who […]

Simmons Italian raid provides employment law capability

Simmons & Simmons’ Italian practice is to launch an employment law capability with a team from Turin firm Rossotto e Associate. Guiseppe Menegazzi joins Simmons as an equity partner from Rossotto’s Milan office, where he was head of the firm’s labour law unit. He brings a team of four lawyers with him and a practice […]

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Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is moving a partner from New York to London to become senior partner in its London office. Stanford Krieger was a senior corporate and M&A partner in New York and will begin in London within a month.

Argles takes pole position as First Choice employment firm

South East firm Argles Stoneham Burstows has strengthened its relationship with FTSE 250 holiday company First Choice by gaining an enhanced role as employment law adviser. Previously, Hammond Suddards Edge advised First Choice on employment issues. Hammonds will continue to advise on Manchester-generated employment work but Argles will provide employment advice for the Gatwick business, […]

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