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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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer client Compass has one less legal battle to worry about after US lawsuits against the caterer settled for £40m last week. The suits were brought by rival caterers, Monaco-based ES-KO and Swiss company Supreme Food Services. They had claimed up to £600m in damages from business lost due to alleged insider information […]

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, that mouthful of a Russian law firm, landed its first high-profile mega-deal last week, sparking all sorts of identity crises within the firm. The Lawyer reported on the $30bn (£16.16bn) aluminum merger that would make the world’s largest roll of kitchen foil, but the journalist responsible was then surprised to […]

E&Y appoints new legal chief

Ernst & Young has announced deputy general counsel Lisa Cameron is to become the next UK general counsel, replacing Victoria Cochrane to head up the 10-member in-house legal team.Cochrane is to focus on her new role in E&Y’s quality and risk managem… Ernst & Young have announced deputy general counsel Lisa Cameron is to become […]

A&O senior associates in line for £200,000

Magic circle firm launches new financial package in bid to retain talent Senior associates at Allen & Overy (A&O) could earn up to £200,000 as part of a complete overhaul of the magic circle firm’s career structure. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com last Thursday (12 October), A&O has abolished its current bonus system and will […]

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