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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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Next month The Lawyer Management conference and awards rolls into town. Over the next few weeks in the run-up to the conference we’ll be looking at some of the operational themes it will be covering, we well as the awards categories in more detail. On 22 October law firm leaders of all shapes and sizes […]

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Ashurst’s US banking chief Ridealgh quits for Weil in New York

Ashurst finance partner Damian Ridealgh, who led the firm’s banking practice in the US, has joined Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York. Ridealgh spent three years at Ashurst, having joined from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. His hire marked the firm’s second lateral partner hire in the US following Ashurst’s launch there in […]

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