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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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It’s fair to say that the UK’s public M&A market has been going through somewhat of a dry patch, at least compared to the heady days of the mid-2000s. The number of deals has shrunk, having a knock-on effect on the number of law firms instructed. And the legal fees paid by the companies involved […]

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 Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)’s votes are in – the person who will replace outgoing Neville Eisenberg as managing partner is employment head Lisa Mayhew. Mayhew will take over from Eisenberg in May this year after just a year in the role of employment chief. Her rise to BLP’s top job has been rapid; she only […]

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Freshfields partner leads lawyers’ efforts to keep Britain in the EU

Earlier this week, a group of 110 lawyers, barristers and legal academics gathered in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s London office. The reason was somewhat unorthodox – a meeting of legal minds that are troubled about the possibility of Brexit, or British exit from the EU. The event, which was organised by Freshfields competition partner John Davies […]

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