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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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Brief encounter: Reed Smith

Reed Smith Warner Cranston’s Coventry office sees itself as a Midlands firm with international clients, rather than just a regional offshoot of a London firm. Initially set up around the former in-house team of textiles company Courtaulds , Warner Cranston, now Reed Smith Warner Cranston, opened its Coventry office just over a decade ago and […]

Digest

Morgan Lewis & Bockius, the US firm, has created a new role of regional coordinating partner for Europe to further its global strategy. Senior corporate transactional partner Peter Wallace has relocated from Los Angeles to take up the position in London. He will focus on coordinating interaction between the London, Brussels and Frankfurt offices and […]

Beloff opts for Blackstone

Eminent public and sports law silk Michael Beloff QC has defied expectations and is to join Blackstone Chambers. The news ends 14 months of speculation and will be a major blow to Matrix Chambers, which he was expected to join. It is believed that Beloff received offers from all the leading public law sets apart […]

litigation teams

Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR) Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Amsterdam: Jan Willem van der Staay (head of PPR litigation – corporate partner); Evert Vink (senior associate); Gerard Meyer (procedural expert); Diederik Sillevis Smitt (associate) Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York: David Katz (partner) Darrois Villey Maillot Brouchier, Paris: Jean-Michel Darrois (senior litigation partner); Alain Maillot (litigation partner) PPR […]

Reportage

The phasing out of the 10 per cent corporate tax rate and the move to reduce the standard rate of corporation tax for trading income to 12.5 per cent has been well highlighted internationally. Agreement with the European Commission (EC) was reached in July 1998 on the phasing out of the 10 per cent corporate […]

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