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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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Building bridges to the future

“You’d have to be an idiot not to make money in this market,” said one leading property lawyer to me at lunch the other day. “I just wonder when it’s all going to come crashing down. And what happens to those firms that aren’t making much money now?” Perversely, in the longer term, the boom […]

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Kennedys has announced that it will open an office in India in January 2001. The firm, which specialises in international dispute resolution, is taking advantage of the recently deregulated Indian insurance market. The office will be located in New Delhi and will be headed by former Kennedys’ partner Neeraj Tuli, who is a member of […]

Herbert Smith scoops Treasury work

Herbert Smith was selected from a shortlist of four firms, which finance and banking partner Nicholas Tott says included “the usual suspects”. Tott says “We will be looking at the legal structure of how it will operate on a day-to-day basis – corporate governance, that sort of thing.” This includes the relationship between the bank […]

A VIEW FROM SÃo PAULO

A surge of confidence can be felt in São Paulo and its business community these days, and it inspires the international lawyer to adopt a similar level of confidence about Brazil. You meet international and local bankers everywhere, and businessmen with renewed confidence suggesting they are beginning to fulfil their potential for a leading role […]

Ernst & Young opens Washington office

The new firm – McKee Nelson Ernst & Young – is backed by a loan from Ernst & Young and will be housed in the accountants’ Washington DC offices. The American Bar Association (ABA) prohibits law firms from sharing fees, and the new firm will not be owned by Ernst & Young. But the arrangement […]

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