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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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Further confusion as conditional fee uplifts case about to be heard

Fresh uncertainty has arisen over lawyers’ uplifts in conditional fee cases just days before the Law Lords are meant to establish guidelines on this crucial issue affecting thousands of lawyers Thousands of cases are now waiting in the wings for a Court of Appeal judgment on a tiny RTA case that will establish whether or […]

Altheimer nabs Holman Fenwick partner

Altheimer & Gray is expanding its dispute resolution practice as it takes on a senior litigation partner from Holman Fenwick & Willan Patricia Martin, who has a high-profile commodities practice, will focus on developing the firm’s pan-European dispute resolution practice. Her work covers all aspects of general commercial litigation, with an emphasis on international trade.Martin […]

A&O lures corporate ace away from Cuatrecasas

UK firm makes second high-profile hire in eighteen months; major clients are part of the package Spanish firm Cuatrecasas has suffered the loss of one of Spain’s most respected corporate lawyers to Allen & Overy (A&O). Fernando Torrente, the director of corporate finance at Cuatr-ecasas, who is known as ‘Mr IPO’ in the Spanish market, […]

Landwell wins on golden shares case

Landwell’s Belgian firm Bogaert & Vandemeule-broeke successfully defended the Belgian government in the recent ruling on golden shares The court ruled that, unlike Belgian golden shares, those used in France and Portugal are illegal.Landwell now hopes that the Belgian model will be adopted across the EU, providing the firm with more opportunities to advise European […]

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