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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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BA to boost competition law capacity

British Airways (BA) is bolstering its in-house legal team with the appointment of a senior competition lawyer. It is understood that the appointed lawyer will advise on a range of regulatory matters and will have autonomous control of the area. The new head of legal will also have responsibility for coordinating BA’s outside lawyers in […]

Hammonds partner to head internet firm

Leading Hammond Suddards corporate finance partner Richard James is leaving the firm to go in-house with a major client, Sports Internet Group. James’ new position is believed to be managing director of the sports division. His appointment is understood to be subject to board approval. “I can confirm that discussions with them are taking place […]

Celebrity Cochran plans US network

Celebrity lawyer Johnnie Cochran, who represented OJ Simpson during his murder trial, is merging his 30-lawyer LA practice with a New York firm to form the biggest plaintiff’s negligence firm in the US. The merger between Cochran Cherry Givens & Smith and Schneider Kleinick Weitz Damashek & Shoot to create a 61-lawyer practice, is the […]

Rumours fly as third partner announces exit from Stephens Innocent

Another partner is leaving Stephens Innocent amid speculation that senior partner Mark Stephens may also be planning to join another firm. Employment partner Deborah Annetts is the third partner to announce her exit from the seven-partner firm in a week, with Stephens rumoured to be in talks with another City firm about moving and setting […]

Ernst & Young opens Washington office

Big Five accountants Ernst & Young has established an associate Washington DC law firm by luring two tax partners from Atlanta’s King & Spalding. The new firm – McKee Nelson Ernst & Young – is backed by a loan from Ernst & Young and will be housed in the accountants’ Washington DC offices. The American […]

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