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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 […]

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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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DLA Piper International – the firm’s operations outside the US – saw a 2 per cent drop in revenue in 2013/14, the firm’s LLP accounts have shown. Turnover for the firm’s International LLP, which includes its offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the UK, dropped by almost £13m from £800.4m in 2012/13 to […]

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MoFo boosts Berlin with data protection hires from De Brauw

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has turned to De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek for the hire of two data protection lawyers, including the Dutch firm’s global data privacy chair Lokke Moerel. Moerel joins MoFo in Berlin as a senior of counsel alongside De Brauw senior associate Alex van der Wolk, who becomes a partner at the US […]

Shepherd & Wedderburn CEO on coming back from the brink

It’s been a tough few years for Shepherd & Wedderburn’s CEO Stephen Gibb. The firm’s turnover stagnated in and around the £30m markand the ‘Scottish big four’ group dissolved when Dundas & Wilson and McGrigors merged. But while market commentators were predicting doom and gloom, Gibb had no doubt that the firm was in good […]

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Davis wins Lion Capital for Proskauer after move from KWM

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Proskauer are advising on the acquisition of AS Adventure Group, which includes outdoor retailer Cotswold, from Lion Capital by European private equity house PAI Partners. The deal marks the first time that Lion Capital has turned to Proskauer, following its hire of legacy SJ Berwin corporate chief Steve Davis in […]

Gateley appoints new partners Rattray and Raize to London team

Gateley has expanded its London team with the appointment of two new partners. Craig Rattray joins the firm’s commercial, technology and media team and Steven Raize has been appointed to the firm’s corporate team. New Zealand-born Rattray is a technology, commercial and payment services specialist and joins the firm from Olswang, where he was a partner […]

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