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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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Brazilian Senate passes sweeping anti-corruption ‘clean company law’

Brazil’s Senate has passed a piece of legislation that, if signed by president Dilma Rousseff, is expected to drastically change the way local and foreign companies do business in Brazil. The bill, passed on 4 July, is being referred to as the ‘clean company law’. To some extent, it is stricter than the US Foreign […]

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Top leaders are secret politicians

To become a senior partner, you need to be a highly skilled politician who appears to shun politics “The senior partner doesn’t always understand how influential he is. He’s very modest, quite self–effacing … He is not himself a player in that way at all … It’s simply because his own motivations in this world […]

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UK top 50 a ‘cash cow’ for PR agencies, claims new research

The legal profession is a cash cow for public relation (PR) agencies, with UK Top 50 spending £3m annually on external PR advice, new research today claims. The research, carried out by Legal News Service (LNS), shows that those firms that regularly instruct an external agency can spend up to up to more than £150,000 […]

SRA reappoints former Herbies partner Plant to chairman role

The SRA has extended the term of office of chair Charles Plant for a year, with the former Herbert Smith litigation partner now stepping down at the end of next year. Speculation had been rife over the future leadership of the SRA after the authority announced in May that its chief executive, Antony Townsend, was […]

DLA Piper to present Baltimore managing partner with ‘Most Admired CEO’ award

DLA Piper has announced that Paul A Tiburzi, managing partner of the firm’s Baltimore office and chair of the State Legislative and Public Policy practice, has been selected to receive the ’2013 Most Admired CEO Award’ by The Daily Record. The honourees will be recognised at an awards reception in Baltimore, Maryland on 19 September. […]

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