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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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Morrison & Foerster‘s (MoFo) Hong Kong office has recruited a Coudert Brothers partner as it undergoes a management shakeup. Venantius Tan has been with US firm Couderts since 1993, working in the New York and Hong Kong offices, but will now join technology specialist MoFo. Tan concentrates on corporate and securities work, acting mainly for […]

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News of astonishing developments in the courts has reached Tulkinghorn. Having already done away with some of the historical anachronisms that so frustrate modern practitioners, Lord Woolf (below) now seems to attract innovative court practice wherever he goes. Sitting with colleagues Messrs Lord Justice May and Parker a couple of weeks ago, Woolf encountered a […]

International horizons

With an increasingly global legal market, overseas placements are a growing phenomenon in many law firms. Such opportunities are not restricted to senior lawyers but are increasingly open to trainees. For many graduates, international opportunities are a very important factor in career development. But before jetting off to exotic locations, it is worth thinking about […]

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Wragges moves into London Wragge & Co merged with City intellectual property (IP) practice Needham & Grant, developing its media practice and establishing a London presence. Needhams employed five partners and was one of the remaining IP specialists in England. Its client base included Unilever and British Gas. Needhams’ senior partner Gregor Grant became head […]

Castles in the air

Tulkinghorn was delighted to receive an invite to a debate hosted by the Law Society on the topic “Comfortably Balancing Work and Life – Is This A Distant Dream For Most Of Us?” Tulkinghorn was genuinely looking forward to gaining valuable lessons on how to manage his hectic schedule. In the original press release, John […]

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