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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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Singapore grants firms equity option

The Singapore Law Society has given firms the formal go-ahead to accept equity in lieu of fees for the first time. The move will be particularly relevant to those acting for dotcom start-ups. The practice has already been adopted in the UK by a range of firms including Simmons & Simmons and Pinsent Curtis. It […]

Macfarlanes smashes magic circle pay scale

Macfarlanes has upped the ante in the assistant salary war by raising its rates above magic circle levels. Following the firm’s annual pay review this month, assistants with between 12 and 18 months post-qualification experience can expect to receive £50,000 a year. It is understood that newly qualifieds will get 8-10 per cent less than […]

Clyde & Co absorbs Turner & Co

The London-based firm’s two partners – Paul Turner and Roger Spencer – will join Clyde & Co as equity partners in an enlarged commodities group with all their staff. Turner & Co, set up by Turner and Spencer 15 years ago, is particularly prominent in the soft commodities sector, acting for international trading houses, especially […]

Conflicts rules under fire by City Law Society

A wholesale shake-up of the rules governing conflicts of interest is about to take place, The Lawyer can reveal. The City of London Law Society working party will today publish a paper which calls for the conflicts rules in England and Wales to be brought in line with the more liberal rules on the Continent. […]

UBS Warburg’s global general counsel quits

UBS Warburg Dillon Read is losing its global general counsel as he considers returning to private practice. Mark Harding is leaving the investment banking subsidiary of UBS after four years and will be replaced by Warburg Dillon Read’s current general counsel for the US, Bob Dinerstein. Harding joined UBS in 1996 from Clifford Chance where […]

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