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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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Treasury to probe private equity tax relief

Private equity lawyers will be following intently the Treasury’s review of tax relief that has enabled the prominence of private equity on the general M&A landscape. Under the spotlight will be the tax relief on shareholder loans in highly leveraged deals, economic secretary Ed Balls announced today. It follows Tuesday’s announcement that the Treasury Select […]

Linde turns to Linklaters, DLA Piper for new panel

Linklaters, DLA Piper for new panel” />Gas and engineering group Linde has shunned Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May in favour of Linklaters as it invents its own DuPont-style Linde Legal Model. Linklaters has won the role of chief corporate adviser outside the US, while DLA Piper has been selected as the firm’s new […]

Correction

In the 26 February issue of The Lawyer it was stated incorrectly that Baker & McKenzie‘s total revenue for 2005 was £100.4m. The figure should have read £92.5m.

Bristows breakaway opens as Powell Gilbert

Five breakaway partners from IP firm Bristows have today launched their own boutique firm, called Powell Gilbert. The firm launches with contentious IP partners Tim Powell, Penny Gilbert, Simon Ayrton, Zoe Butler and Alex Wilson, as well as five ex-Bristows associates. The partners gave in their notice last year and worked six months notice before […]

City Law Soc kickstarts lobbying campaign

The City of London Law Society (CLLS) announced today (5 March) its plan to intensify its lobbying campaigns. The CLLS, which represents 12,000 solicitors whose combined billing power is in excess of £16bn, will be pushing hard to ensure there are appropriate facilities in London for commercial dispute resolution and adequate training for City lawyers. […]

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