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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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An expensive round

How’s this for a bargain? Apparently SJ Berwin is turning tour operator and offering clients an all-expenses-paid golfing trip out to Spain. The catch? You have to spend £1m with the firm in 12 months. Do that and you get to go for free. If you spend less, you have to pay a share of […]

Spanish firm’s beef

Tulkinghorn was looking forward to meeting Cuatrecasas, Spanish newcomers to London, for lunch in their Tower 42 offices. But images of succulent cured hams, olives and chorizo were soon blown away to reveal the bog-standard beef and potatoes of England. Never shy, Tulkinghorn asked resident partners Enric Picanyol and Florentino Carreño where they kept the […]

Travers tax lawyer joins Reed Smith

Reed Smith has bagged tax lawyer Harriet Morgan from Travers Smith. Reed Smith” />Reed Smith has bagged tax lawyer Harriet Morgan from Travers Smith. Morgan was an associate at Travers and joins as a partner in Reed Smith’s London-based European corporate group. She works on international tax work in corporate, banking and property. The firm […]

Stringer Saul nets Collyer Bristow partner

Collyer Bristow head of company commercial John Bailey has left to join Stringer Saul. Bailey joined Collyer Bristow as a partner 10 years ago and built the company commercial group from two to 10 partners. He will continue to work with venture capital, accountancy, corporate finance, property and financial services clients.

Ashurst targets corporate elite

Ashurst has taken a leaf out of Linklaters‘ book by introducing a strategy to focus on complex transactional work for a core group of premium institutional clients. Managing partner Simon Bromwich said the silver circle firm has highlighted a select group of corporate and financial institutional clients, similar to Linklaters’ ‘platinum’ group of clients, to […]

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