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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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O’Melveny launches attack on Asian M&A landscape

US firm O’Melveny & Myers has transferred a key rainmaker from its Tokyo office to head its Asian M&A practice from Hong Kong in a move it hopes will make it a real force in the Asian corporate market. Partner Gregory Puff is one of the ‘dedicated specialists’ O’Melveny has singled out as part of […]

Dubai launch imminent for HBJ

Anglo-Scots firm HBJ Gateley Wareing is to open an office in Dubai, the firm’s first base outside the UK. Pending Dubai regulatory approval, the new office will open in September and focus on construction and shipping law. The firm intends to build a two-partner, two-associate team within 12 months. Two associates from the UK construction […]

Addleshaws loses IP partner as FFW swoops

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has boosted its IP litigation practice with the hire of Hamish Porter, who becomes the second partner to leave Addleshaw Goddard this month. Porter focuses on IP litigation for media and entertainment clients and his hire takes FFW’s IP litigation team to 15 partners across Europe. Addleshaws managing partner Mark Jones […]

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