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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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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher‘s New York office is ramping up its media and entertainment presence with the hire of a five-lawyer team from Manatt Phelps & Phillips. The former head of Manatt’s litigation group, Orin Snyder, has quit the firm to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, taking with him a group of four associates. The […]

Gibson brings in media team from Manatt

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher‘s New York office is ramping up its media and entertainment presence with the hire of a five-lawyer team from Manatt Phelps & Phillips. The former head of Manatt’s litigation group, Orin Snyder, has quit the firm to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, taking with him a group of four associates. The […]

Herbert Smith creates nine partners

Herbert Smith has invited nine lawyers to join the partnership from 1 April, with the bulk of the promotions taking place in London. Lawyers promoted to partner include Kevin Roy, Thiha Tun, John Geraghty (left) and James Milne in the corporate team. The firm has not made up any dispute resolution partners in London, instead […]

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Speed is the key thrust of the new Marzano Law, Italy’s answer to existing restructuring shortfalls. Stephen Aulsebrook and Federica Sambiase report The year 2004 represented a breakthrough for the Italian market in terms of restructuring regulations. The dramatic changes to the insolvency laws amid the turmoil of the Parmalat restructuring situation represents the preliminary […]

Willkie Farr hit by loss of Frankfurt chief

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has been hit by the loss of its Frankfurt managing partner who has quit the US firm to launch his own practice. Outsourcing star Thomas Heyman, whose clients include Deutsche Bank, is also taking European counsel Jens Ekkenga and Lars Lendorf and several associates. As first reported in German legal magazine […]

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