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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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Feeling flush

Now Tulkinghorn is sure you all remember busy Clifford Chance banking star James Johnson, depicted in these pages just two weeks ago. He had the gall to call one of The Lawyer’s journalists and conduct a conversation while relieving himself. But it seems that this is just the tip of the iceberg. While most gentlemen […]

JARGON BUSTING – THE A-Z OF NEW MEDIA

FAQs: Frequently asked questions, the internet’s own quirky version of a help file. Back in the days when newsgroups were the most popular and dynamic “communities” online, seasoned veterans grew sick of telling “newbies” the basics, and so created a file to which they could be directed when they wanted a basic grounding in a […]

Cranch ousted as CC US managing partner

In a shock move, Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells US managing partner Larry Cranch is stepping down a year early to be replaced by global head of litigation Jim Benedict. This is just the latest development in a major shake-up of the firm’s global management. Clifford Chance chief executive officer Michael Bray says: “Larry’s resigning […]

Brief encounter: McCLURE NAISMITH

McClure Naismith is a mid-range, well-known Scottish corporate commercial firm. Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, it has revealed an ambitious business plan to increase fee income by 50 per cent and double the number of staff by 2004. Having recently conducted extensive client research, the firm has modified its corporate logo – clients told […]

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