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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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Oil giant likely to look within for replacement law boss after Rees walkout shocker The surprise departure of Shell legal director Peter Rees QC sent shockwaves through the sector last week as lawyers pondered the whys and wherefores of his sudden exit. Rees was credited with overhauling the FTSE 100 energy company’s legal department during […]

Health Alert — 20 January 2014

DLA Piper has released the 20 January 2014 issue of its Health Alert, which focuses on judgments, legislation and reports in the health sector. If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the DLA Piper briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details […]

President Obama announces surveillance reforms: key points for businesses

By Aravind Swaminathan, Jim Halpert and Michelle J Anderson In a speech that garnered worldwide attention, US president Barack Obama has announced important reforms in the ways the US government will gather, store, use and retain signals-related information. These changes will quickly affect many companies, both in the US and globally. In this alert, we identify […]

EU Public Procurement directives passed by EU Parliament

The EU Parliament has finally approved the text of the new public procurement directives (the ‘classic’ directive, utilities directive and concessions directive). They will come into force 20 days after they have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Member states (including the UK) then have 24 months to implement them into […]

Banking on panel reviews

So Citibank has finally decided on its external advisers, several months after the panel process began. Read our stories on the other bank panels over the last year, including RBS and Barclays. Put it this way: the banks aren’t being particularly radical. Citigroup unveils reduced panel with Osborne Clarke cut Osborne Clarke wins back place […]

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