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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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Macfarlanes’ corporate team has secured instructions from Hogg Robinson on the travel company’s forthcoming float. The deal will see the UK’s biggest corporate travel company return to the London Stock Exchange after a six-year absence. The team overseeing the float is led by senior partner Robert Sutton and Robert Boyle. New York firm Sullivan & […]

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Lady Butler Sloss has been appointed as the coroner for the forthcoming inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed nine years ago. The inquests are expected to begin in early 2007. They have been held up by a French investigation into the August 1997 car crash in Paris which killed […]

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Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has swooped on its one-time merger prospect Ashurst once more, securing the hire of London M&A and securities partner Edward Kim. Kim has been a partner in Ashurst’s London office since 2003, when he moved across from Dewey Ballantine to become Ashurst’s first dedicated US-qualified partner in London. Fried […]

Former Bechtel GC launches arbitration service in UK

US dispute resolution group JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services) is launching its first London operations with the arrival of the former general counsel of engineering giant Bechtel. Katherine Gurun, who was Bechtel’s group general counsel from 2001 to May 2006, will be based in London with the aim of hearing cases across Europe and […]

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