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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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Cornell to focus on partner values

In the first interview since being elected, CC’s future CEO tells the lawyer his plans for the firm In his first major interview since his election to chief executive officer (CEO), Clifford Chance‘s deputy CEO Peter Cornell has renewed his call to focus on partnership values – but not at the expense of profitability. He […]

Lovells scores hat trick for AutoLogic

Lovells has pulled off a hat trick of deals for longstanding client AutoLogic Holdings and coordinated them all to be announced together. The firm managed three teams concurrently, which were overseen by client relationship partner Alison Hampton. She has been working for the client since 1997 when it was admitted to the London Stock Exchange […]

CC hires insurance ace from CGNU

Clifford Chance has recruited Ian MacDonald, group legal counsel at CGNU, to its global financial institutions group. MacDonald will be the senior manager of insurance and will lead corporate transactions for the firm’s insurance and reinsurance clients. His fee-earning role will also include coordinating global initiatives such as the development and delivery of client care […]

Rules of engagement

“Time longer than rope” may describe the lackadaisical lifestyle of the Caribbean jurisdictions, but there has been nothing lackadaisical about the legislative response to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) initiatives. A June deadline is fast approaching for both the Harmful Tax Competition initiative and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in relation […]

WATFORD ELECTRONICS AND SANDERSON response

I read with great interest and some surprise ‘Bar Talk’ in the 2 April issue of The Lawyer. The article painted a rosy picture of a secure future for software suppliers, their liability safely protected by standard limitation clauses. Unfortunately, the article appears to have overlooked some significant aspects of the Court of Appeal’s decision. […]

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