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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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In brief: McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Will & Emery, the US law firm, has expanded its London offices. It has taken over a second floor at 7 Bishopgate, London. Another US law firm, Altheimer & Gray has also leased part of the City building.

Couderts to help Korea re-organise

Coudert Brothers is leading a consortium advising the Republic of Korea on reform of its corporate governance. The team is led by Couderts partner Barry Metzger, who has joined the firm from the Asian Development Bank where he was general counsel. Metzger says Korea’s inadequate corporate governance practices are partly to blame for the economic […]

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Clifford Chance advised MEPC on the letting of two buildings at Ancells Business Park, Fleet. The 45,000 sq ft Fulmar House and Technology House buildings have been let to Parametric Technology (UK). Clifford Chance’s team included real estate assistant Angela Shepherd and construction assistant Bruno Spence. Ann Lewin, property partner at Trevor Robinson & Co, […]

In brief: Barlow Lyde & Gilbert

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has appointed two solicitors to its shipping department. Nick Robinson, an Australian qualified solicitor who specialises in dry shipping and commercial litigation, joins the firm from Clayton Utz’s Brisbane office. Robinson will be joined by Andrew Speake, a qualified barrister, from Holmes Hardingham.

Biddle boosts media practice

City practice Biddle is re-aligning its corporate and media departments as part of a restructuring programme that will move the firm from three into two London offices. The firm, which is relinquishing its Noble Street premises but taking on extra space in the Aldersgate Street office, is putting the two departments alongside each other. Head […]

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