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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 Germany late last year, Linklaters antitrust star George Roper (aka Dirk Schroeder) was recruited by Cleary Gottlieb to kickstart its Cologne office. For the determinedly working class Roper, the move to a classless US outfit was a natural fit, although how his legendary indolence will go down with the frantic billable hours culture of […]

Sacked Mirror editor turns to former adversary Schillings to smooth exit

Just weeks after its landmark victory over the Daily Mirror in the Naomi Campbell case, Schillings has again been instructed to act against the tabloid, this time by its former editor Piers Morgan. Just weeks after its landmark victory over the Daily Mirror in the Naomi Campbell case, Schillings has again been instructed to act […]

Simmons leads march on Qatar

Western law firms in Qatar are continuing to expand as Simmons & Simmons takes on a partner from leading local firm Gebran Majdalany. David Salt, an energy and construction specialist, will join Charles Pollack as the office’s second partner. Commenting on his decision, Salt said: “Simmons is an international firm doing work I’m more used […]

Cadwalader client puts QMH debt plan in doubt

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has thrown Queen Moat House’s (QMH) debt restructuring into a state of flux after client Goldman Sachs Whitehall Fund bought up large debt and equity stakes in the troubled hotel operator. QMH, represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has been battling to stay afloat under a creaking £630m debt – a legacy […]

Conflict changes get Law Soc green light

The Law Society Standards Board this week approved two of the proposed amendments to the conflicts and confidentiality paper recently withdrawn from the Law Society Council. A third amendment, relating to a solicitor’s duty to disclose, was not passed. Led by chair Andrew Holroyd, the board rejected a suggestion that duty to disclose could be […]

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