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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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Fried Frank hit by another European raid

French independent De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has raided the Paris office of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, snaring a seven-lawyer team. The group includes corporate partner Patrick Jais and intellectual property specialist Barbara Levy, both of whom joined Fried Frank in 2005 from French boutique, Veil Jourde. The team joined De Pardieu yesterday. This […]

37 in second redundancy consultation at LG

LG has launched a second redundancy consultation which could see up to 37 members of staff lose their jobs. Seventeen fee-earners including partners and an additional 20 support staff have their jobs under review. Managing partner Hugh Maule (pictured) said: “We’ve been reviewing all aspects of our business closely and cutting costs where possible for […]

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Herbert Smith advises on Nortel administration

Herbert Smith has won another instruction on an administration with a Canadian element, advising Ernst & Young (E&Y) on the administration of the European businesses of Canadian telephone manufacturer Nortel Networks. As reported on TheLawyer.com the firm also advised E&Y on the administration of oil exploration company Oilexco North Sea (19 January). On Nortel, the […]

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Freshfields launches US litigation practice

Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a US litigation practice after hiring a trio of partners from two leading US practices. Aaron Marcu and Adam Siegel join from the New York office of Covington & Burling while Benito Romano joins from Willkie Farr & Gallagher. At Covington Marcu was coordinator of the firm’s […]

IP special report: Crimes of fashion

Copying has long been viewed as part and parcel of the fashion industry. But as the downturn bites, designers and retailers are increasingly taking action to protect their brands. Copying in the fashion industry is certainly not a new phenomenon. What is new is the growing trend in litigation against copiers. Whereas in the past […]

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