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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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US FIRM Mayer, Brown & Platt partner Peter Gaines has quit his post in the firm’s London office to join the UK banking team of rival Chicago practice Baker & McKenzie. Gaines, who worked for Mayer Brown for 20 years – including a five-year stint in London – last week started leading Baker & MacKenzie’s […]

Nicholsons merger aims to broaden practice strengths

The ‘East meets West’ merger between City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones and Mayfair-based Brecher & Co became reality on 10 October, creating a 46-partner, top-40 firm with an expected combined turnover of £16 million this year. The Brecher name will be lost with the new firm retaining the name of Nicholson Graham & Jones. […]

Firms warm up for power bid

Linklaters & Paines and Freshfields are the main firms acting in the National Power recommended £2.8 billion bid for Southern Electric, the biggest yet in the industry. Linklaters’ team for National Power is led by Tim Clarke with corporate partner Patrick Rignell and competition partner Bill Allan. Freshfields team for Southern is led by partners […]

Mixed appeal of the controlling body

The Law Society may take Lord Mackay to judicial review over financial tinkering, the Bar may grumble at his reforms, legal pressure groups may fight highly public battles against his cutbacks, but in the end his word is made law. This is partly because he is a highly determined, forward-thinking man. But it is also […]

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