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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Cleary Gottlieb poaches tax ace from Oppenhoffs

US firm Cleary, Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has boosted its German office by luring a leading tax partner from Linklaters’ German alliance partner Oppenhoff & Radler. The loss of Dr Gottfried Breuninger, one of the leading corporate tax lawyers in Germany, will be a blow to Oppenhoffs, which has been rated as Germany’s leading tax […]

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Euro-Link for Lawyers, the international association of law firms, with 44 practices in 24 countries, has made a number of changes to its management structure. Steuart Howie of Russel & Aitken, Edinburgh, becomes President; Philippe Bedard of Juris Audit International, Paris, Vice President; Chris Mitchell of Cartwrights, Bristol, Secretary and Paul Sillis of Collyer-Bristow, London, […]

New Jersey merger announced

New Jersey’s third largest law firm, Pitney Hardin Kipp & Szuch has taken over the niche intellectual property firm in Manhattan, Kane Dalsimer Sullivan & Levy. Pitney Hardin’s management committee chairman says the 160-lawyer firm’s acquisition of the eight-lawyer practice is the first of a series of expansion plans being considered. The merger comes just […]

The Lawyer/UNICEF honour

A leading family law partner from London firm Dawson Cornwell has won the inaugural Child Rights Lawyer of the Year award, jointly sponsored by The Lawyer and UNICEF. Anne-Marie Hutchinson, an international custody dispute specialist, was given the award for work to secure rights since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was […]

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