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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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Corrs loses top partner to Blakes

Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth is losing one of its most highly-ranked partners to rival Blake Dawson Waldron. William Koeck is one of Australia’s leading M&A lawyers and headed Corrs Chambers’ Sydney corporate advisory group. Over the last two years he has been instructed by a range of high profile clients, including the Sydney Futures […]

White & Case wins CC team amid acrimony

White & Case has expanded its Italian presence by taking a team from Grimaldi Clifford Chance for a capital markets practice. Capital markets specialist Andrea Ughi joined the Milan office from Grimaldi Clifford Chance on 1 February. He has since been joined by associates Alessandra Guercia and Claudia Parzani. They will build the domestic and […]

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With major economic expansion continuing in Benelux, many firms face growing recruitment problems. Most admit to having difficulties and accept that more time and money is being spent on recruitment strategies. The main dilemma is not attracting people, but attracting the right type. This is of particular concern to the US and UK firms that […]

Lib Dem leader attacks use of Slaughters

Manchester City Council is under attack from the local leader of the Liberal Democrats for its decision to use Slaughter and May as its legal adviser. Following a report in The Lawyer (12 February), councillor Simon Ashley has sent an email to the city solicitor requesting details on why the work was not tendered, the […]

Brief encounter: McCLURE NAISMITH

McClure Naismith is a mid-range, well-known Scottish corporate commercial firm. Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, it has revealed an ambitious business plan to increase fee income by 50 per cent and double the number of staff by 2004. Having recently conducted extensive client research, the firm has modified its corporate logo – clients told […]

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