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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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King & Spalding raids Baker & McKenzie

The departing partners – John Cogan, Duncan Gray, Kenneth Culotta and Philip Weems – all specialise in international transactions involving the energy industry and will join King & Spalding’s corporate group in the Houston office. A King & Spalding spokesman says the new partners are bringing some “very significant” clients with them to the firm, […]

Garretts loses a founding partner

Adrian Phillips joined Garretts nearly six years ago and played a key role in building the Reading office into a seven-partner practice with 35 fee earners serving the Thames Valley market. His departure is the latest in a string of high-profile defections from the firm’s regional offices in the past year. Garretts has, however, strengthen […]

Linklaters breaks $1 trillion mark

The firm alone – excluding other firms in the alliance – acted on deals valued at $1,064 billion (?648.7 billion) including $735 billion of M&A, $216 billion of capital markets and banking deals and $105 billion of project finance. The decision to lump together the different types of work to help meet the trillion-dollar target […]

Manhattan firms merge

The 65-lawyer firm Windels Marx Davies & Ives has teamed up with the 35-lawyer firm Lane & Mittendorf to form Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf. The merger, which was finalised on 1 January, brings together firms with similar practices. Both focus on corporate, litigation and real estate law and handle a lot of international law. […]

Clyde & Co absorbs Turner & Co

The London-based firm’s two partners – Paul Turner and Roger Spencer – will join Clyde & Co as equity partners in an enlarged commodities group with all their staff. Turner & Co, set up by Turner and Spencer 15 years ago, is particularly prominent in the soft commodities sector, acting for international trading houses, especially […]

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