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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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Rebels with a clause

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Being a fitness fanatic (ahem), Tulkinghorn was horrified when he heard about a Deutsche Bank in-house lawyer’s terrible experience at LA Fitness. The poor chap was enjoying a relaxing swim in the pool at LA Fitness’s Marylebone branch when a thieving toerag broke into his locker and stole his clothes. The in-house lawyer (who shall […]

CC insurance head boosts DLA Germany

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has secured German insurance capability for the first time with the hire of Clifford Chance insurance expert Herbert Palmberger. Palmberger, previously counsel at Clifford Chance in Düsseldorf, joins as a partner and will work out of DLA’s Cologne office. Before joining Clifford Chance, Palmberger worked in-house at several insurance and […]

Firm profile: Bermans

Niche commercial firm Bermans celebrated the start of 2005 by securing two important panel appointments. The Liverpool-based firm scooped a place on General Electric’s (GE) UK panel for asset-based lending and factoring and invoice discounting following the US conglomerate’s infamous electronic tender (The Lawyer, 25 January). John Hall, one of Bermans’ founding partners, says the […]

Bevan Brittan launches licensing team

Bevan Brittan has established a dedicated licensing practice for the first time, with the hire of two lawyers into its Birmingham office.Former Hammonds senior assistant Sharon McCann and ex-Heatons head of licensing Rob Westwood-Payne joined Bevan Brittan on 1 February.McCann joins the firm as a partner, while Westwood-Payne is an associate. The pair will be […]

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