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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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OFT ends DLA complaint after APPC U-turn

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has closed DLA Piper‘s complaint that a lobbying industry body was guilty of anticompetitive behaviour. The OFT closed the case after the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) climbed down from its position requiring that those that contract public affairs or lobbying services should only deal with APPC members. […]

Big business turns to lawyers for compliance

Several stories in this column over recent weeks have focused on the aggressive growth strategies of numerous firms in New York. But it’s not just private practice firms that are out in packs hunting for lawyers. Thanks to the ever-more stringent US regulatory regime, lawyers are increasingly becoming in demand as compliance officers in major […]

Andrew Fritchie: PartyGaming

What’s the toughest thing about your job?The number of spinning plates, each one of which would warrant significant endeavour if I had time. Name: Andrew FritchieTitle: General counselCompany: PartyGamingLives: GibraltarEducation:1976-83: Chosen Hill School, Churchdown1983-86: LLB (Hons), University College, Chichester1988: Called to the bar, Inner Temple2001-03: Executive MBA, London Business SchoolWork history: 1986-87: Group finance trainee, […]

New labour

An influx of Eastern European labour is helping North East business. But it’s vital that the workers’ rights are upheld, says David Gibson The image of the North East as a stagnant economic area belies the tremendous industry and innovation currently taking place in the region. The One North East Regional Economic Strategy for 2006 […]

Simmons pits its wits in India

Simmons & Simmons’ Mark Dawkins is the latest managing partner of a UK-headquartered firm to go door-knocking on the subcontinent. His itinerary will take him to law schools, with which Simmons wants to reinforce ties to entice smart Indian graduates to London, and also to Indian law firms. Simmons currently uses around 10 Indian firms […]

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