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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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Burges Salmon has made up four new partners in this year’s promotion round, marking the first internal promotions at the firm for two years. It is also the largest set of promotions by the Bristol firm since 2008, when six new partners were made up. In 2009, just one associate was promoted to the partnership. […]

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Linklaters has hired the head of the restructuring practice at Dutch independent De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek to boost for its Amsterdam office. Jan Willem de Boer joins the magic circle firm after over 12 years as a partner at De Brauw, where he advised Dutch public and private entities on both restructuring and M&A transactions. […]

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Newcastle firm Ward Hadaway has poached Cobbetts’ regulatory chief Kirsty Gomersal. She joins the North East firm as a partner in its health and safety and environment teams. Gomersal advises on a range of compliance and risk management issues, as well as investigations involving the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency and the Office […]

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