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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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Davis Polk corporate partner leaves for in-house position

One of the top partners at New York giant Davis Polk & Wardwell is going in-house to professional services company Marsh & McLennan Companies. William Rosoff joined Davis Polk in 1978 and has been a partner since 1985. He joins Marsh & McLennan as senior vice president and general counsel. Rosoff left Davis Polk in […]

Ex-CC finance partner joins Barclays Capital

Barclays Capital is recruiting a former finance partner from Clifford Chance as it restructures its entire global legal function. Andrew Taylor, who practised at Clifford Chance for 21 years, is joining the investment banking division of Barclays Bank as managing director and general counsel for the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific. He will report to […]

DTI REVIEW

“We’re looking at streamlining and providing aggressive deterrents against time-wasting cases,” says a DTI spokesman. This review of employment tribunal procedure is on course to report next month. According to the DTI, the review is operating “under existing law”, with no powers to change legislation. In particular, the Government will be looking at providing more […]

Property firm closes as five join Couderts

San Francisco intellectual property boutique Majestic Parsons Siebert & Hsue is dissolving as five of its lawyers leave to join Coudert Brothers. Name partners Martin Majestic and Suzanne Siebert are moving to Coudert’s San Francisco office along with fellow partner Keiichi Nishimura, two associates and a patent agent. The rest of the firm is understood […]

Jones Day expands in Asia with the opening of a Singapore office

Cleveland firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is opening an office in Singapore, its eighth outpost in Asia and its 25th worldwide. The firm has gained approval to practise from the Singapore authorities and plans to open its doors in January next year. Head of the firm’s Indian practice Jay Pathak is moving in to […]

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