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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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Is the difference between the Competition Commission (CC) and the Mergers and Monopolies Commission (MMC) more than just the name? The decisions published this month on the appeals by two water companies against the Office of Water Service’s (Ofwat) determination of prices are certainly a departure from the MMC’s previous decisions in the water sector. […]

The market for marketing

With legal marketing becoming ever more important to those who use it, the law firm marketing department’s remit is getting wider. It now covers a vast array of functions, including, as Mark Chester, director of marketing at Nabarro Nathanson, says: “Pure marketing, press and PR, strategy, internet and intranet, all aspects of internal and external […]

Cozen merges in Chicago and boosts San Francisco

Philadelphia firm Cozen and O’Connor is opening offices in Chicago and San Francisco and bringing on board more than 30 additional lawyers. The 420-lawyer firm is merging with Chicago-based firm Blatt Hammesfahr & Eaton to establish a practice there. The merger will add to Cozen’s insurance practice, which is already one of the largest in […]

Holland & Knight boost IP practice

Three partners are joining with their associates from Boston-based firm Gadsby & Hannah, with another two moving over from in-house positions at Tiffany & Co and Motorola. The team from Gadsby & Hannah boasts partners Carol Matthews, Paul Kilmer and Thomas Brooke. The three bring an impressive client list including sportswear giant LA Gear, publisher […]

Kristian Wiggert

Morrision & Foerster golden boy Kristian Wiggert, the new London office managing partner, may appear unassuming, shy even. Claire Smith meets the man whose image belies his professionalism The new managing partner at the London office of San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) looks absolutely terrified when faced with a journalist. Kristian Wiggert is […]

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