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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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McDermott raids California rivals to boost IP practice

Chicago firm McDermott Will & Emery is expanding its Silicon Valley practice by hiring two partners from rival firms. It is the firm’s second round of partner recruitment this year. In January, the firm hired the highly-rated head of intellectual property (IP) Terry McMahon from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in the Valley (The Lawyer, 29 […]

Last Leipzig Gaedertz partners find homes

KPMG Treuhand & Goerdeler and Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner have recruited the last partners to quit the defunct Leipzig office of Gaedertz. Corporate lawyer Peter Krüger, who set up Gaedertz’s Leipzig office in 1990, has joined the German member firm of KLegal International as its Leipzig head. Gaedertz associate Falk Hoffmann, a specialist in administrative […]

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Européenne de Froid et Services, MC International Group’s holding company, sold to Johnson Controls for euro164m (£101m). The management and Charterhouse, Advent and CDC Equity Capital – all owners of Européenne – advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Thomas Forschbach). Johnson Controls advised by Herbert Smith. Tibbett & Britten sells its Axial automotive business to AutoLogic […]

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When Berwin Leighton and Paisner & Co announced their merger plans, they made no secret of the fact that the deal was corporate driven. But when it takes effect on 1 May, the firms’ 160 property fee-earners will also be moving in together. Berwin Leighton brings some 22 property partners, double that of Paisner. The […]

Brief encounter: mills & reeve

The Cambridge department of Mills & Reeve is very pleased with itself. With 25 of the company’s 60 partners and 125 of the 260 solicitors, it earns around 50 per cent of the firm’s total £25m turnover. The branches in Norwich, Birmingham and London have got a bit of catching up to do. Even so, […]

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