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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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Linklaters corporate heavyweight Matthew Elliott quits for Kirkland & Ellis

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High Court dismisses $3.7m claim against Mishcon over allegations of dishonest assistance

The High Court has dismissed a $3.7m claim against Mishcon de Reya over an embezzlement scandal involving former partner Kevin Steele. Mishcon stood accused of dishonestly assisting a client who spent money meant to refinance a hotel resort in Orlando on cars and jewellery. Had the case been successful, the claimants had planned to sue Mishcon […]

‘US buy-in required if EU is to succeed in stamping out tax avoidance’

Commenting on the news that the EU is set to establish a tax avoidance committee, Ben Jones, tax partner at law firm Eversheds, says: “The EU has become increasingly active on the issue of multinational taxation over the last couple of years, following the wider international actions being proposed by the OECD to modernise the system […]

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BLP elects employment head Lisa Mayhew as managing partner

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partners have elected head of employment Lisa Mayhew as managing partner effective 1 May.  Last week The Lawyer revealed the two would go head-to-head today in the firm’s first contested managing partner election for 16 years (29 January 2015). Incumbent managing partner Neville Eisenberg is expected to make a play for […]

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