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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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TUPE — government response to consultation

In early September, the government issued its response to consultation on TUPE. The once-threatened ‘service provision change’ rule has been given a reprieve and will not be abolished. This is welcome news as it avoids a return to the pre-2006 legal uncertainty as to whether or not a service provision change fell within TUPE. The TUPE regulations […]

Certifying a pension scheme for auto-enrolment

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has updated its guidance on certifying money purchase and defined-benefit (DB) schemes for auto-enrolment. Employers preparing for staging should review the clarifications and changes in the new guidance to ensure that they can certify their scheme on the correct basis. Allen & Overy highlights the key changes in […]

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Ted Burke: The winding road from managing partner to GC

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer managing partner Ted Burke is planning to stand down in the first quarter of 2014 to take up a general counsel position of Boston private equity firm Arclight Capital Partners. Here we look back at his time at the top. 1998 Burke joins Freshfields from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy 20 December […]

Eversheds says shareholder powers over top pay will ease investor discomfort

Philip Davies, a partner specialising in employment law at Eversheds, has said that the recent provisions requiring the annual directors’ remuneration report to include a future remuneration policy report will ease investor discomfort.  Davies added that, while discontent over top pay and bonuses has been growing for some time and investor disquiet has been evident, the reforms are […]

Barristers from No5 Chambers speak at Law Society’s Junior Lawyers 2013 event

Barristers Victoria Hutton and Hashi Mohamed from No5 Chambers recently gave presentations at the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers International Weekend 2013. The events took place on 26–28 September 2013 and gave delegates the opportunity to take part in a series of educational seminars and to network with fellow young lawyers from across Europe and the […]

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