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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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Mayer Brown appoints Germany head

Mayer Brown has appointed a new managing partner in Germany, with banking and finance partner Jörg Wulfken taking control of the firm’s offices in Frankfurt, Berlin and Cologne. Wulfken will succeed Reinhard Lange as managing partner in Frankfurt and Berlin by the end of the year. He will take over management of the Cologne office […]

Salans Paris bags Taylor Wessing real estate team

Salans has raided Taylor Wessing, hiring a five-lawyer team to boost its Paris real estate practice. Taylor Wessing partners François Verdot and Antonia Raccat join Salans in Paris along with three associates. They will jointly manage Salans’ real estate practice in France with Henry Lazarski. The team hire takes the practice up to five partners […]

New labour

An influx of Eastern European labour is helping North East business. But it’s vital that the workers’ rights are upheld, says David Gibson The image of the North East as a stagnant economic area belies the tremendous industry and innovation currently taking place in the region. The One North East Regional Economic Strategy for 2006 […]

New world

As business becomes more globalised, so too does regulation. Jonathan Pickworth looks at the risk impact of this new era Across the world regulators are more powerful and better resourced than ever before. Most westernised governments have realised that for businesses to take regulation seriously it is necessary to criminalise liabilities, to personalise responsibilities on […]

Matthew Barton: Kier Group

Responding to the OFT’s queries over price-fixing allegations is just one of the tasks facing Kier Group’s new general counsel. But first Matthew Barton wants to expand his team. Last May, as part of an investigation into alleged price-fixing in the building sector, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) asked Kier Group to explain its […]

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