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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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Construction and utility giant Balfour Beatty has snared SABMiller deputy general counsel Chris Vaughan to take on the newly created post of general counsel. The London-based position, which will report to chief executive Ian Tyler, was created by management in light of an increasingly “demanding” regulatory environment. Tyler said: “Chris will help determine and direct […]

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At Harvard Business School, there’s a case study on what makes one of the world’s most profitable law firms tick. They’ll have to rewrite it. M&A king Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz’s move to London is hugely symbolic. It is the news most people in the market thought they would never see. This is the […]

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Tulkinghorn has to apologise for a case of mistaken identity. In his column of October 8, it was mistakenly reported that in addition to having one of the longest job titles in living memory, Marks & Spencer group secretary, head of corporate governance and chief legal adviser Graham Oakley had attempted to use his industry […]

Greenwoods launches in Manchester

Personal injury boutique Greenwoods is gearing up for aggressive growth after launching an office in Manchester. Greenwoods has recruited Beachcroft partner Mike Suddards to head its Manchester office, who leaves after 25 years with the firm. Suddards, a catastrophe personal injury (PI) specialist, joins Greenwoods with two members of his Beachcroft team: catastrophe PI specialist […]

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