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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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In-house Banking and Finance Team of the Year

Standard Chartered Bank 2nd place: Halifax3rd place: Barclays CapitalShortlisted: Capital One, Cr&#233dit Agricole Indosuez, Dresdner Kleinwort BensonThe winner of the In-house Banking and Finance Team of the Year Award, sponsored by Burges Salmon, is Standard Chartered Bank. The in-house legal team, now led by Kate Nealon after Martin Hayman’s retirement, had an exceptional year, with […]

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A round up of stories from the UK and around the world PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), provisional liquidator of the Independent Insurance Company, is set to announce its panel for the run-off work of the collapsed company. National firms Berrymans Lace Mawer, Davies Arnold Cooper and Maidstone-based Davies Lavery – Independent’s claims handling panel prior to its […]

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A popular excuse for the hundreds that flocked to the Global Asset Securitisation Conference in Barcelona last month was “I’m here to network”

Herbert Smith HK partner defects to Clifford Chance

Herbert Smith’s Hong Kong office has lost litigation partner Martin Rogers to Clifford Chance. Described locally as a “major coup”, Rogers’ departure has created waves in the Hong Kong market as his 11-year tenure at Herbert Smith demonstrated a long-term commitment to the firm’s principal base in Asia.Rogers will join Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong litigation […]

Pillsbury shifts 80 lawyers from DC to Northern Virginia

US firm Pillsbury Winthrop is relocating the bulk of the lawyers in itsWashington DC office into high-tech Northern Virginia. Historically, the firm has had over 100 lawyers in DC compared with around 10 in Northern Virginia. But now most of those will move over, taking the Northern Virginia practice to around 80 lawyers and DC […]

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