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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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Two major rulings from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal this morning will be enough to keep litigators talking for weeks. LLP members are protected by whistle-blowing legislation, the final court ruled, paving the way for the first whistle-blowing case against a law firm. Former Clyde & Co partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof will […]

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DLA Piper hires Asia employment head from JP Morgan

DLA Piper has appointed former JP Morgan in-house counsel Julia Gorham as its new employment head in Asia. Gorham joins DLA Piper as a partner in Hong Kong from JP Morgan, where she served as the executive director for litigation and employment in Asia Pacific from 2010. Prior to her in-house practice at JP Morgan, […]

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Cyber security – The bullseye of the storm

The boss of US retailer Target has stepped down after a data breach affected millions of customers. Could law firms be next in the firing line? Cyber security is about stopping people from breaking into things. Like a virtual world of cops and robbers, the aim of the game is to convince the curious burglar […]

Barrister S Chelvan’s DSSH model for LGBTI asylum claims is internationally recognised

Throughout May, No5 Chambers barrister S Chelvan has provided training across Europe on his DSSH (difference, stigma, shame and harm) model for credibility assessment in LGBTI asylum claims. From 5–7 May, Chelvan provided training in Madrid to more than 100 delegates from NGOs as part of the CREDO project, co-organised by the ELENA network and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. […]

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Morgan Cole bags spot as Wales’ largest university establishes first formal panel

The University of South Wales has launched its inaugural panel after it was created following the mergers of Glamorgan and Newport universities last year. The university, now the sixth largest in the UK with around 33,000 students, has appointed Hugh James, Morgan Cole, Veale Wasborough Vizards, Capital Law and Clarkslegal to its roster. It is not […]

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