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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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Europe honours Sudanese lawyer

The European Parliament has taken a stand on the Darfur conflict, awarding its prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Sudanese human rights lawyer Salih Mahmoud Osman. Osman, who is from Darfur, won the e50,000 (£35,900) prize in recognition of the legal aid work that he has carried out on behalf of victims of […]

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Fight for the right party

This was a tale of two bashes. The date? Tuesday 11 December. The venue? The 36th floor of the glitz-strewn Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the edge of Central Park. The host? Good question. As we reported earlier this year (The Lawyer, 26 February), Mourant du Feu & Jeune made legal history by becoming the first […]

Dewey & LeBoeuf London associates reap promotion rewards

Dewey & LeBoeuf has made up a total of four partners in London in the first round of promotions since Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae merged in October. In total the firm has made 18 promotions across its global offices, 11 from the LeBoeuf Lamb side of the merger and seven from […]

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