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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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Orrick ramps up coastal offices with partner trio

San Francisco firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has boosted its practice on both coasts of the US with the hire of three new partners. The firm is taking on a tax partner to ramp up its New York group. Peter Connors is joining from Baker & McKenzie, where he was the former co-chair of the […]

Paul Newman, Hugh James Ford Simey Solicitors

As a barrister employed within solicitors’ private practice, I read your front-page feature in the 7 May issue with interest.Following the bar rule changes, I have regained full rights of audience in the courts and currently have a pupil barrister working with me. Now restored to the ranks of the practising bar, albeit not in […]

CC German partner goes over to Hogans

Clifford Chance is losing one of its partners in Germany to US firm Hogan & Hartson. M&A partner Justus Schmidt-Ott will join Hogans’ Berlin office on 1 September.Schmidt-Ott will focus on transactional work but will also advise on pre-trial court work for shareholder and post-acquisition disputes.He brings with him an impressive list of clients believed […]

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