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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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Survey reveals threat to mid-sized sets

Medium-sized barristers’ chambers are being squeezed out of the profession, according to the most comprehensive survey ever of the Bar. Chambers with between 11 and 30 members are the most vulnerable with more sets in this category losing members than gaining them. Over 50 per cent of barristers switching sets moved to larger sets with […]

Hugh James shuffles pack after Ford Simey merger

Welsh firm Hugh James has shuffled its senior positions following its recent merger with Exeter-based Ford Simey. Matthew Tossell has become the managing partner of Hugh James Ford Simey. He replaces Cherry Wright, who is returning to fee earning. Senior partners have not escaped the reshuffle. Two senior partners have been replaced with a single […]

In brief: McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Will & Emery has raided Baker & McKenzie for the second time this year, poaching top telecoms partner Stephanie Liston. Liston joins US firm McDermotts to head its European communications practice hot on the heels of Fraser Younson, Bakers’ former head of employment, who joined the firm in March.

JP Morgan moves out to give Bakers more room to grow

Global firm Baker & McKenzie is expanding its London office and is set to take over the whole building it currently shares with investment bank JP Morgan. Baker & McKenzie will become the sole tenant at 100 New Bridge Street under an agreement with its landlord, British Land. Russell Lewin, Baker & McKenzie managing partner, […]

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