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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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Duane Morris lures Luce Forward duo

Duane Morris has plucked two more partners from Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, this time to boost its corporate practice. Rated corporate partners Robert Copeland and Stuart Sorenson are joining Duane Morris’s San Diego office, which the firm opened in July last year. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 1 July

Simmons boosts China real estate

Simmons & Simmons has bolstered its China real estate practice after hiring Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) former Hong Kong head. Raymond Kwok is due to join Simmons as head of China real estate on 1 August and will be joined by former DWS senior associate Phoebe Kim Yee Ip. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 30 June

Oxfam gets sound advice on music plan from Bird & Bird

Oxfam has taken the unprecedented step of becoming the first charity to launch a music download site, with Bird & Bird advising on a pro bono basis. As part of Oxfam’s ‘Make Trade Fair’ campaign, it is poised to launch music downloading site www.bignoisemusic. com to enable it to raise awareness of the campaign and […]

Coudert aims for equality in Squire Sanders merger

Coudert Brothers is attempting to secure a merger of equals with a firm that dwarves it in terms of revenue, average profits and lawyer numbers. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com last week, Coudert is in the throes of a 30-day due diligence on Squire Sanders & Dempsey, after five months of discussions. Coudert’s management told […]

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