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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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Okoro, Sandie – Hot 100

Schroders’ head of legal for corporate services Sandie Okoro was the driving force behind the creation of the fund manager’s first ever legal panel last April. The launch of the panel followed an extensive review of Schroders’ external lawyers, which resulted in the fund manager sidelining more than 100 advisers to create a roster of […]

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The Working Time Directive has failed to curb the UK’s long-hours culture. Rebecca Harding-Hill on the European Commission’s plans to restrict the opt-out clause In the autumn last year, the European Commission adopted proposals to revise some of the main features of the Working Time Directive 2003. The proposals include further restrictions on the maximum […]

Stothard, Paul – Hot 100

Shoosmiths’ chief executive Paul Stothard dazzled the market last year after announcing a record set of financial results for 2003-04. Profitability skyrocketed by a whopping 67 per cent, from an average of £136,000 in 2002-03 to £226,500, while turnover rose 25 per cent, from £44.3m to £55m. And all the while, the equity pool remained […]

Austin, Ian – Hot 100

Litigator Ian Austin became managing partner of North West firm Halliwells in February 2004 following a contested election in which he stood against then incumbent Paul Thomas. Austin has since been busy stamping his mark on the firm, which burst into the UK’s top 50 firms this year. The past 12 months have seen a […]

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