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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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QC deadline day prompts bar complaints

The deadline for QC applications closed on Monday (January 29) prompting a barrage of complaints from harrassed barristers struggling to meet the tight deadline. The QC appointments committee today kicks off the next stage with professional conduct checks and references sought from judges and arbitrators for all applicants. Applicants felt “hard done by” due to […]

Hunton loses corporate partner to theatre

Hunton & Williams corporate partner Peter Kavanagh has quit the firm’s partnership to become business affairs director with the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). ATG has been a client of Kavanagh since 1993, when he advised the group on its first acquisition of a theatre. The group now owns 24 theatres in the UK, including 11 […]

Simmons launches second Dutch office

Simmons & Simmons is leveraging off its financial markets practice to open an Amsterdam office, its second in the Netherlands. The office will initially just have a financial markets capability, with the Rotterdam office offering other practice areas. In March 2006, the firm voted to initiate a dual-office strategy in the Netherlands, as first revealed […]

Freshfields suffers triple finance loss

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s finance team has been rocked by the departure of three partners. Banking star David Ereira is set to move to arch-rival Linklaters, where he will enter the firm’s equity as a plateau partner, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (26 January).Linklaters’ top of equity last year was £1.32m, compared with Freshfields’ £980,000. In […]

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