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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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Hammonds’ Crossley to serve another term at helm

Peter Crossley has been formerly re-appointed as Hammonds’s managing partner following a vote on Friday (14 December). Crossley, who took up the role in May 2005, will now remain at the head of the 185-partner firm for another three-years when his current term ends in April 2008. “He was unanimously voted in,” said a Hammonds […]

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Heather Mills-McCartney turns to M Law

Media boutique M Law has won Heather Mills-McCartney as a new client, advising her on the three libel actions that are running alongside the former model’s bitter divorce proceedings from Sir Paul McCartney. The firm was instructed two weeks ago on claims against The Daily Mail, The Evening Standard and The Sun. Last month, Mills-McCartney […]

Herbies reshuffles competition team

Herbert Smith’s long-standing EU/competition head Jonathan Scott has stepped down from the role with partner Elizabeth McKnight set to take over at the beginning of January. Scott, who has headed the group for the past 12 years, said he felt that after four terms in the role the time was right to step down. He […]

K&L Gates confirms Texan merger

The much-trailed merger between K&L Gates and Texas-based Hughes & Luce got the green light yesterday (Monday 17 December) when partners at both firms voted in favour of a combination. The deal, which goes live on 1 January 2008, will create a law firm with more than 1,500 lawyers in 23 offices throughout the US, […]

ANATOMY OF A CASE: Ferrari v McLaren

Formula 1 was rocked by allegations of design theft this summer. Vanessa Whitman looks at how civil law was used to quickly protect the claimant’s interests It was the most exciting scandal in the world of sport this year, but behind the battle that was played out in the press were the legal processes that […]

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