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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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Scuffle of the week

Lewis v Lewis. Lennox Lewis (left) was effectively stripped of his World Boxing Association title this week after Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled in a New York court that the UK boxer must give up the belt if he goes ahead with a fight against Michael Grant. The judge found himself embroiled in a battle over […]

Sidley & Austin Hong Kong founder joins Herbert Smith

Sidley & Austin is losing one of the founding partners of its Hong Kong operation to Herbert Smith, just a year after the office was established. Simon Meng, who is qualified in New York and Paris, has joined Herbert Smith’s reg-ional project group as a consultant due to the Hong Kong Law Society’s restriction on […]

Placements

Baker & McKenzie advised Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy on its $82m (£51.9m) international and domestic share and global depository receipt offering and listing on the London and Warsaw stock exchanges. Credit Suisse First Boston acted as lead manager on the deal. Baker & McKenzie securities partner Peter Magyar led a team of two in the London […]

Four more firms set to join Ecomlex group

German, Dutch, Italian and Irish law firms are the latest to join a European e-commerce association. Ecomlex is being set up to advise international clients on new economy issues, such as cross-border internet start-ups and initial public offerings. The Lawyer previously revealed that Field Fisher Waterhouse, Swedish practice Advokatfirman Fylgia, and Scottish member firm Harper […]

Quote of the week

“What’s the point of a couple more hundred grand when you really never have a life?” – A City lawyer claims money isn’t everything, especially when it’s only small change. Francis Laird: Correction In last week’s “Scuffle of the week” it was inferred that Francis Laird had resorted to violence when subjected to a physical […]

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