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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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Dentons lawyerless in China as Sidley raids Beijing office

Denton Wilde Sapte has lost all of its Beijing lawyers, including partner and recently promoted head of the China group Tang Zhengyu, to Sidley Austin Brown & Wood Dentons has pumped significant resources into Asia over the last year, but the departures leave the firm with no lawyers in the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC).Zhengyu […]

Deals summary

Linklaters (Christopher Arend) advised the Dow Chemical Company on the construction financing of a pipeline for the transport of ethylene between Stade and Teutschenthal in Germany. De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek advised Dow on Dutch law with King & Spalding advising on US law. Debt financier Commerzbank advised by Bingham Dana on US law, White & […]

Mayer Brown hikes partnership by two

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s insurance and reinsurance group has promoted two assistants, Ingrid Hobbs and Will Glassey, to the partnership. Glassey joined the firm two years ago from Herbert Smith and is a professional indemnity specialist. Hobbs’ practice includes product liability, professional indemnity and political risk insurance.

Taiwanese firm breaks Chinese deadlock

Lee and Li has become the first Taiwanese law firm to open an office in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) The Shanghai venture gives Lee and Li its first foreign office.Lee and Li will use the office to advise Taiwanese and global clients on foreign direct investment in the PRC. It advises the Taiwanese […]

Holland & Knight staff set to lose pay and jobs

US firm Holland & Knight’s cost-cutting exercise continues apace as it imposes swinging pay cuts for lawyers and other staff members Last week the firm admitted that 60 lawyers and 170 other staff were to go (The Lawyer, 6 May).Although managing partner Robert Feagin would not specify how much salaries would be lowered by, it […]

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