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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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Winston to expand after partner exits

Chicago-based firm Winston & Strawn is to focus on rebuilding its domestic practice and expanding in Asia and Europe following a management reshuffle and a spate of partner losses. Chairman James Thompson told The Lawyer that Winston was looking to grow its New York and California presences at the same time as researching new opportunities […]

Pillsbury and Thelen up salaries to $135,000

San Francisco-based Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Thelen Reid & Priest are the latest firms to be swept into the West Coast wave of associate pay rises, with both matching the new benchmark of $135,000 (£77,000). Pillsbury announced its hikes yesterday (16 Feb). They apply to associates in the firm’s California, Washington DC and Virginia […]

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DWS sets up free legal advice centre in East End of London

Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) lawyers have helped to launch and run a new legal clinic in East London that will provide free advice to local residents. The clinic, called PopLaw, offers free initial legal advice on all areas of law, excluding family and immigration, every Tuesday between 6.15pm and 8.15pm. The clinic opened its doors […]

Taylor Wessing wins Pinsents dispute chief

Pinsent Masons is to lose its insurance and reinsurance disputes practice head James Crabtree, who has quit to join Taylor Wessing. Crabtree, an international insurance coverage disputes specialist, resigned in January and an internal announcement was made to staff at Pinsents earlier this month. It is understood that Crabtree has a 12-month notice period and […]

BLG replaces departing Dickinson with Bitmead

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has appointed partner Kevin Bitmead as head of general insurance following the departure of Graham Dickinson. The firm announced this morning (Wednesday 15 February) that Dickinson is “leaving the firm to seek new challenges” and said that the BLG-trained Bitmead is to replace him. Bitmead focuses on personal injury and […]

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