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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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Birmingham Law Centre appeals to council in survival battle

Birmingham Law Centre has turned to Birmingham City Council as it fights for its future, warning that without local support it could close. The law centre is one of only a handful in the country that receives no local authority funding. It has launched an appeal for council support, saying that in the wake of […]

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Liverpool’s EAD vows to grow clin neg capability after ABS conversion

The latest firm to be granted an ABS licence said it now plans to develop its clinical negligence and personal injury practice. Liverpool firm EAD, which gained SRA approval for the conversion in late December, already has a large focus on clinical negligence work. The firm said that changing to an ABS has enabled financial […]

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Cleary’s Freeman leaves for CAT as one of four new chairmen

The former chairman of the Competition Commission is to leave US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to take up the post of chairman at the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) as the judicial body appoints four to the panel of chairmen. Peter Freeman joined the London office of Cleary as a senior consultant in 2011, […]

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Moves: 14 January 2013

Move of the week Taylor Wessing has appointed a new partner in its Middle East office. Tahir Ahmed joins the corporate finance practice after spending the past eight years in the region, most recently with Dewey & LeBoeuf in Dubai. His practice includes M&A, private equity, fund formations, joint ventures, ECM, DCM, sukuk, private placements […]

Paul Hastings’ LA logo is a movie star

Firm’s landmark logo makes regular movie appearances Product placement in TV and film is here to stay as companies fall over themselves to get their goods in the hands of your favourite characters. Heineken reportedly paid $45m (£28m) to get its beverage into James Bond’s mitts in Skyfall. In this more aggressive business age, is […]

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