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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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New department heads for Lawrence Tucketts

Jonathan Hoey, who has been made up to partner, replaces Judith Brown as head of the 12-strong recoveries team. Brown has moved over to head up the dispute resolution group. Associate, David Bird has been made head of the tax and estate planning team, replacing Dr Anne Burrows who retires next Spring. Head of the […]

South African bank buys up leading local law firm

Top South African law firm Edward Nathan & Friedland has turned its back on plans to merge with a UK law firm, and has instead sold its leading commercial practice to an investment bank. Edward Nathan is understood to have talked to Linklaters and Clifford Chance before opting for the £40m deal with investment bank […]

Herbert Smith and Simmons join deals elite

Herbert Smith and Simmons & Simmons have joined the top 10 firms working on M&A deals in the UK, pushing out Australian firms Clayton Utz and Minter Ellison, according to figures published by Thomson Financial Securities Data. For the third quarter (Q3) ending 30 September 1999, Herbert Smith ranks ninth – with nearly £8bn worth […]

Rowe & Maw team wins China contract

Rowe & Maw has won its first case for the firm’s newly-established international regulation team. It is advising a consortium of more than 28 Chinese coke exporters, including Tianjin General Nice Coke & Chemicals company, one of the country’s biggest coke exporters. The combined group accounts for about half of the 300,000 tonnes of coke […]

NatWest subsidiary loses head of legal

Natwest’s subsidiary Global Financial Markets is losing its head of legal to Freshfields. Christopher Georgiou, head of the legal department at Global Financial Markets, is joining Freshfields as a senior associate in the firm’s structured finance department. Simon Hall, head of the financial department at Freshfields, says: “We are pleased to have attracted someone so […]

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