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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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Dorsey & Whitney has raided the Salt Lake City office of LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae for its capital markets practice. Nolan Taylor and Thomas Taylor, who are not related, join the Minneapolis-based firm’s corporate group as partners, with four associates. The team will give Dorsey & Whitney’s Salt Lake City office a capital markets […]

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One of the tobacco industry’s favourite defences in its continuing court battles fell through this week when a trial in California ended with Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds being ordered to pay $10m (£6.3m) each to Leslie Whiteley, a mother of four who is expected to die from lung cancer within a year. Crucially, Whiteley […]

Freshfields Paris hires top European securities partner

Freshfields in Paris has picked up one of Europe’s leading securities lawyers in a raid on international firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot & Giroux. Patrick Bonvarlet, a partner at the Dutch/Belgian/French practice based in Paris, is set to join Freshfields as a partner on 17 April. Bonvarlet is considered one of the best corporate practitioners […]

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Twenty years ago the mention of a media lawyer conjured up images of shiny suits and one-sided contracts. Now, expertise in intellectual property (IP) law is a fundamental component of the staple of the 21st century lawyer’s diet: the corporate-media deal. It was in the early 1980s that the potential for wealth creation of businesses […]

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