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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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Simmons, Skadden, Clifford Chance brought in on Resolution bid

Simmons & Simmons has landed a key role on a multi-billion-pound financial services deal that has called in a roster of City firms. Simmons is advising new client Royal London Mutual Insurance Society on its agreement with Pearl Group as part of the latter’s approach to rival Resolution. Pearl has turned to longstanding adviser Freshfields […]

Matrix founder Blake joins bench

Matrix Chambers is to lose founding member Nicholas Blake QC to the bench. Matrix Chambers is to lose founding member Nicholas Blake QC to the bench. Blake, who was called to the bar in 1974 and took silk 20 years later, will be taking up his judicial post in the Queen’s Bench Division after being […]

Clifford Chance wins landmark death row reprieve

Clifford Chance has succeeded in its attempt to secure a stay of execution for Jack Alderman, the US’s longest-serving death row prisoner. On Wednesday (17 October), Alderman was moved to the execution building in his Georgia jail. He was being prepared for execution when news of the stay came through at 4pm eastern time yesterday […]

Dewey & LeBoeuf scraps London management

Dewey & LeBoeuf has abandoned the London managing partner role with firmwide chairman Steve Davis to oversee the office’s management concerns. From now on Davis will divide his time between London and New York, spending two weeks a month in each city, with other administrative duties being carried out by non-lawyers. According to Davis the […]

Summit to read

Many lawyers try to attract Tulkinghorn’s attention, but Wilberforce IP barrister Anna Carboni went as far as Kenya to climb Mount Kilimajaro. Carboni even managed to convince her husband to come along on the trek. No mean feat, says Carboni, because “we’re not really people who spend our weekends traipsing around the countryside in the […]

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