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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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Axiom partners with investment banking division of leading global bank

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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 […]

No5 barrister in attends Mexican state banquet in London

Emma Edhem of No5 Chambers is to attend the Mexican state banquet at the Guildhall in honour of the president of the United Mexican States. The No5 Barrister and deputy head of international law will attend the banquet, given by the Lord Mayor, in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. 

Walgreens Alliance Boots reorganises top legal line-up in wake of merger

This week newly-merged Walgreens Boots Alliance has appointed former Alliance Boots legal counsel and chief administrative officer Marco Pagni as executive vice president (VP) and global chief legal and administrative officer of the combined business. Pagni was appointed group legal counsel and chief administrative officer of Alliance Boots in 2007 and promptly moved to consolidate […]

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