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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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Scottish firm Burness Paull has announced a turnover of £46.3m in the year to 31 July 2014, an increase of 20 per cent on 2012/13. Total net profit at the 56-partner firm rose by around 25 per cent while average profit per equity partner last year was £445,000 and the top of equity stood at […]

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Fieldfisher hires Bristows partner Grant to head its privacy team

Fieldfisher has hired Bristows IT partner Hazel Grant to replace Eduardo Ustaran as the head of its privacy team. Grant, who will begin work at Fieldfisher on 26 August, has been a partner at Bristows since 2009 and previously spent nine years at Bird & Bird. She specialises in data protection, and has worked for […]

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Withers advises on launch of new tech industry body Innovate Finance

Withers has advised on the establishment of new industry body Innovate Finance, which supports the growth of cutting-edge technologies in the UK’s financial sector. The firm won the mandate via a competitive tender process, fending off at least three rivals in the process. It is thought that Fieldfisher was among the firms to have shown […]

Khaitan & Co advises EnerNOC on its acquisition of EnTech

Khaitan & Co has advised EnerNOC, a provider of energy intelligence software, in relation to its acquisition of EnTech. Partner Rabindra Jhunjhunwala led the transaction and advised on the corporate aspects, with assistance from executive director Daksha Baxi on the direct tax aspects and partner Avaantika Kakkar on the competition law aspects.

No5 Chambers barristers represent claimants in family migration case

The Court of Appeal has handed down a decision ([2014] EWCA Civ 985) in which it has allowed the home secretary’s appeal against Mr Justice Blake’s judgment in MM & Others v Secretary of State [2013] EWHC 1900 Admin. Manjit S Gill QC, Ramby de Mello and Danny Bazini of No5 Chambers appeared for the […]

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