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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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Barristers admit denigrating rape victims in court

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Shaw Pittman plans merger and LA office

Washington DC firm Shaw Pittman has launched a three-pronged attack on the US legal market. The high-tech industry specialist will merge with fellow Washington practice Fisher Wayland Cooper Leader & Zaragosa and open its first west coast office in Los Angeles in March. The merger with Fisher Wayland is effective from 1 March and will […]

Weil Gotshal ups London associates' salaries

Many London US firms are reviewing their rates following the huge hikes in New York. But Weil Gotshal’s decision stands out because the London office has traditionally billed itself as an English practice and paid only a modest premium of about 15 per cent on magic circle rates. A source close to the firm says: […]

Weil Gotshal lifts salaries in London

US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges will today announce major salary increases for its London associates. Many London US firms are reviewing their rates in the wake of the huge hikes in New York. But Weil Gotshal’s decision stands out because the London office has traditionally billed itself as an English practice and paid only […]

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