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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 […]

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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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EY Law continues growth spurt with Freshfields partner hire

Accountancy and consulting giant EY has made another foray into the legal sector, hiring Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Richard Norbruis to lead its global transaction law practice. Norbruis has been a partner in Freshfields’ Amsterdam office since 1999. For the last three years he has held the role of global people partner, responsible for issues […]

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Japanese outbound push continues as TMI Associates to open in Silicon Valley

Tokyo-based TMI Associates is to become the first Japanese firm to launch in Silicon Valley with an office opening planned in the global technology hub in July. The US launch follows a year of expansion into South East Asia by some of the largest Japanese firms. The list includes Mori Hamada & Matsumoto and Nishimura […]

Shoosmiths acts for Xafinity Consulting in Phoenix office relocation deal

The real-estate team at Shoosmiths has acted for Xafinity Consulting in a deal that will see the company relocate from Greyfriars Road in Reading to Phoenix on Station Hill. Xafinity will take the entire second and third floors of the new office development situated next to Reading railway station, providing a total of 20,521ft² of […]

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