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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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Freshfields’ Salz named as BBC vice chairman

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior partner Anthony Salz has emerged as vice chairman of the BBC. The surprise move sees Salz appointed to the role, working alongside chairman Michael Grade, for four years starting 1 August. He will continue in his role as co-senior partner at Freshfields alongside Konstantin Mettenheimer. Salz, who advised on the merger […]

14 Tooks Court to dispense with expensive Holborn HQ

Michael Mansfield QC’s criminal chambers is set to relocate to new premises in Clerkenwell due to concerns over high property rates around Holborn, for centuries the heartland of all London barristers. The move reflects growing concern at the bar over the increasing cost of rent, particularly in the Inns of Court, which act as landlords […]

Slicker cities

An era of increasingly sophisticated regeneration structures is dawning to rescue inner cities from decline. Stephen Sorrell reports What do the Cornish town Redruth, Corby in the East Midlands and Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria have in common? The answer is, in part, history. Each could be defined as being at the centre of a declining industry […]

Mallesons plumps for Hong Kong merger with local firm

Australia’s Mallesons Stephen Jaques has taken the next step in beefing up its Hong Kong presence, announcing a merger with local firm Kwok & Yih. The Australian firm’s tie-up with 25-lawyer Kwok & Yih, a corporate finance specialist, will add to the eight partners and 23 fee earners it has taken on in the region […]

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