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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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Anita Sherwood v Buckingham Health Authority QBD (Curtis J) 18 October 1999 Claimant: Female, newborn at date of accident; 12 years old at date of trial. Incident: The claimant was born at the defendant’s hospital in December 1986 after a delivery that was negligently prolonged by up to two hours. Scans had been taken by […]

First in-house lawyer joins ERC Frankona

Reassurance specialist ERC Frankona has appointed its first in-house lawyer to oversee its newly consolidated company. John Titchener, a qualified barrister, joins the company from insurance broker Willis International where he worked for more than 10 years. Titchener says he was app-ointed because ERC Frankona is made up of a number of different companies which […]

White & Case elects new managing partner

Head of the firm’s bank advisory practice since 1981, Wall – who spent six years in White and Case’s London office – was voted in unanimously and will succeed Hurlock on April 1. Heavily involved in the recent consolidation of the global banking industry, Wall has represented Deutsche Bank in its acquisition of Bankers Trust, […]

Bird & Bird's merger with Orricks shelved

Merger talks between Bird & Bird and US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have been abandoned after partnership objections on both sides. Partners at top IP/IT firm Bird & Bird were split on whether the merger would benefit the firm – with the IP experts understood to be against it. The firm’s corporate partner and […]

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