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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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EU ministers set rules on where to litigate

EU ministers have voted to establish common rules deciding which country’s courts should hear cases involving more than one member state. The Rome II regulation generally encourages parties to hear cases in the country where an incident took place, but makes allowances for them to make alternative arrangements in certain circumstances, such as in advance […]

In the pink

Pink was the colour of the day at Teacher Stern Selby’s party in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer the other week. The firm’s seven female partners, ably aided by assistants and secretaries, donned pink blouses to host the event, which saw 11 Stone Buildings decked out in balloons and flowers, and a room devoted to […]

PwC takes Mayer Brown litigation head in Chicago

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has raided Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) to appoint international arbitration heavyweight Javier Rubinstein as global general counsel. Rubinstein joins the Chicago office of PwC after leading MBRM’s Chicago litigation group for four years. He has been with the firm for 18 years, having started his career there in 1989. Rubinstein succeeds […]

Ogier merges with BVI firm to create offshore powerhouse

Offshore giant Ogier has merged with WSmiths in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), giving the firm access to three further offshore jurisdictions. The merger, which will be effective from 1 February 2007, will create a global offshore firm with nine offices, including the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jersey, London, Uruguay and […]

Firms contribute to World Bank survey

Allen & Overy (A&O), Baker & McKenzie and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have combined resources to conduct an extensive international survey on business regulation for the World Bank. They joined a slew of global law firms, with knowledge of business law spanning 175 countries, in contributing to the survey. The report aims to provide […]

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