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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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Why firms should embrace CSR

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an increasingly hot topic in the political and business community. It doesn’t appear to be such a major issue in the legal community, however. Law firms are not big polluters: they don’t tend to be in the market for products that might be made in sweatshops, while their employees are […]

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Luthra & Luthra

For Luthra & Luthra’s founding partner Rajiv Luthra the future of the firm lies in his young recruits. He is keen to install and maintain high levels of professional conduct in the India-based firm’s lawyers. “We are running a world-class institution where the rules and ethics are kept to the highest standard,” he says. Luthra […]

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Brum rush

With a number of firms looking to establish themselves in Birmingham, the battle for clients is set to intensify. But is there enough work to go round? The face of Birmingham’s mid-market is changing. Although, arguably, once dominated by Martineau Johnson along with the Birmingham branch of Cobbetts, recent months have seen an invasion of […]

RJ Reynolds appoints new GC after management overhaul

RJ Reynolds Tobacco, the second-largest tobacco company in the US, has appointed Martin Holton as general counsel. The company and its parent, Reynolds America Inc, have undergone a series of top-level personnel changes in recent months. Julia Lambeth was appointed executive vice president and general counsel to the parent company in August. Lambeth replaced Chales […]

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