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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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Weil Gotshal & Manges has joined the swathe of US firms out-paying their UK rivals, increasing associate salaries in London by up to 20 per cent. The New York firm will increase newly qualified (NQs) salaries in the UK by 20 per cent from £62,500 to £75,000. This compares with the benchmark of £55,000 for […]

England’s exploits bring out the hooligan in Mayer Brown

After England’s, ahem, heroic exploits at the weekend, the nation’s lawyers are returning home to pop in on The Lawyer Awards tonight before heading back out for the Portugal game on Saturday. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw head of securitisation Dominic Griffiths nearly failed to get into the England game. On the eve of the […]

Lawyers are the only winners as Gas Natural feels the chill in Spain

With Gas Natural’s €22.5bn (£15.35bn) hostile bid for Endesa halted by a Madrid commercial court, some are suggesting that the only beneficiaries of the drawn-out affair may be the law firms advising. Over eight months, Endesa, advised by Clifford Chance partner and head of competition Miguel Odriozola, has filed more than 30 legal and administrative […]

Cobbetts partner enticed by Trowers

Cobbetts has suffered a blow to its social housing practice with the loss of partner Mike Gaskell to the Manchester office of Trowers & Hamlins. Gaskell joined Trowers two weeks ago (12 June) after eight years as a partner at Cobbetts, where he helped establish the firm’s social housing team. His practice sees him advising […]

Allen & Overy battles £26.2m pension hole

Allen & Overy battles £26.2m pension hole” />Allen & Overy (A&O) partners have been subsidising a multi-million-pound hole in the firm’s staff pension fund for the past four years, it has emerged. The total deficit stood at £26.2m, or £85,000 per partner, at the end of the 2005 financial year, the most recent year for […]

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