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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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Watson Farley doubles office space

Watson Farley & Williams is almost doubling the size of its London premises. The firm has agreed to take over another whole floor, or 15,000sq ft, of its Appold Street premises, as well as the remaining 5,000sq ft on the lower ground floor. The move represents a 40 per cent increase in the size of […]

Hollis Whiteman review sees appointment of first director

Criminal set Hollis Whiteman Chambers has appointed its first-ever chambers director after a strategic review earlier this year. Vicky Thompson joins the set from Bates Wells & Braithwaite. She arrives at Hollis Whiteman along with new senior clerk Bill Conner, who has been hired from 36 Bedford Row, where he was senior clerk. The appointments […]

High flyers

Ireland’s corporate market is booming, with IEX becoming a local favourite. Brendan Heneghan reports The current year has been one of the busiest on record for corporate activity in the Irish market. In keeping with that trend, the third quarter of 2006 produced a high level of corporate deal making, without any noticeable break for […]

CC Italy head quits

Clifford Chance Italy managing partner Nick Wrigley is leaving the firm, sparking an unexpected local management election. Wrigley is joining renewable energy developer UPC Energy Partners, a client of the firm. He will remain of counsel to Clifford Chance in Italy. Last year Wrigley stood against then-London head Peter Charlton for the role of global […]

E&Y appoints new legal chief

Ernst & Young has announced deputy general counsel Lisa Cameron is to become the next UK general counsel, replacing Victoria Cochrane to head up the 10-member in-house legal team.Cochrane is to focus on her new role in E&Y’s quality and risk managem… Ernst & Young have announced deputy general counsel Lisa Cameron is to become […]

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