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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 […]

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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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Clifford Chance has cut its practice group representation on its management committee from six to three in a comprehensive overhaul. The firm voted yesterday to replace its six practice area representatives with three new global business units (GBU). The management committee has been renamed the Executive Leadership Group and will be headed up by new […]

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Emergency phone and internet data storage laws are set to be brought in by the UK government. According to Liz Fitzsimons, data privacy expert at Eversheds, this news will undoubtedly raise many concerns with piracy activists, while James Walsh, partner and head of telecommunications at the law firm, believes the government has a tricky balance […]

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Pinsent Masons revenue up 4.6 per cent to £323m

Pinsent Masons has announced a 4.6 per cent increase in revenue from £309m to £323m with a corresponding increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP). The unaudited figures released today (8 July) state that PEP at the firm increased by 4.5 per cent from £387,000 to £405,000 for the 2013/14 financial year. The positive […]

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Borenius and Lawin lead as Ask.com owner IAC acquires Ask.fm

Baltic firms Borenius and Lawin have taken the lead roles on the acquisition of social media site Ask.fm by questions and answers site Ask.com. LAWIN’s Riga office advised Ask.com parent IAC on the deal, which completed last week for an undisclosed amount. Borenius acted for Rubylight Technologies, which owned 40 per cent of Ask.fm. Rubylight […]

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