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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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Legality of sex offender index challenged

Roger Pearson reports on an appeal brought by a social worker who was dismissed following allegations of child abuse. An appeal is pending in a case which questions the legality of the Department of Health’s consultancy service index of alleged sex offenders. The purpose of the index is to assist employers in child care to […]

Clyde & Co partner opts for in-house post at GEC

Clyde & Co partner David Bartlett is leaving the firm to go in-house as vice-president and legal counsel for a FTSE-100 company. Bartlett, who works in the aviation and finance group, will join GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), part of General Electric group (GEC), in January. He says: “Leaving partnership at one of the leading […]

Salans Hertzfeld lures partners for growing corporate practice

International firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn has lured two partners from US and UK firms as it builds its London corporate practice. Kevin Alexander joins with two assistants from the London office of US firm Bracewell & Patterson, which he has headed since 1988. And Richard Thomas arrives from Sinclair Roche & Temperley, after 11 […]

Field Fisher woos top Richards Butler lawyer

Field Fisher Waterhouse has poached a leading lawyer from Richards Butler as a partner to head its Anglo-French group. Marie-Caroline Frochot is qualified in English and French law and helped found the French desk at Richards Butler, where she has worked for 10 years. She is taking all her clients with her to Field Fisher […]

Celebrity Cochran plans US network

Celebrity lawyer Johnnie Cochran, who represented OJ Simpson during his murder trial, is merging his 30-lawyer LA practice with a New York firm to form the biggest plaintiff’s negligence firm in the US. The merger between Cochran Cherry Givens & Smith and Schneider Kleinick Weitz Damashek & Shoot to create a 61-lawyer practice, is the […]

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