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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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Sullivan says assistant bonuses will stand

New York firm Sullivan & Cromwell has taken the unusual step of reassuring the firm’s lawyers that they will still get bonuses later this year. Despite rival Davis Polk & Wardwell telling its lawyers last month not to expect the usual end-of-year payouts (The Lawyer, 15 October), Sullivan chairman Rodgin Cohen has said that assistants […]

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Pan-European real estate investments are definitely in vogue. Mark O’Neill highlights the requisite skills for law firms aiming to offer their clients the one-stop service An increasingly international property finance market is emerging in Europe. Those who may traditionally have focused on investments in the UK are now more likely to examine opportunities in other […]

Wilmer Cutler snaps up Gaedertz’s Berlin office

The last remaining office of defunct German law firm Gaedertz has been swallowed up as the firm’s Berlin presence, now renamed as Quack, is set to merge with Washington DC-based Wilmer Cutler & Pickering. At a press conference scheduled for today (12 November), the two firms are expected to announce their merger, which it is […]

The bribe tribe

Despite muttered accusations of pomposity, at least one English silk at the International Bar Association (IBA) conference in Cancun upheld ethical conduct befitting his profession.Buenos Aires veteran litigator Mareno Ocampo, a renowned courtroom figure in his native Argentina, suggested a hypothetical scenario to a crowded session on corruption: “How would you advise your client,” he […]

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