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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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Rawlinsons appoints Cripps partner

South East firm Rawlison & Butler has expanded its commercial litigation team with the hiring of a new partner from Cripps Harries Hall. Joanna Case joins the Crawley-based firm after five years at Cripps Harries Hall, where she became a partner in 1999. Her particular focus was professional negligence work. Case previously practised in Birmingham […]

US IPOs

About an hour’s drive south of San Francisco lies Silicon Valley, probably the most influential suburb in the world. Powered by a bunch of law firms that many of you never will have heard of, it is fast becoming the legal centre of the universe. In the Valley, it is the lawyers who rule the […]

Technology, Media and telecoms

Wafer Technology sold to IQE for £40m. Wafer Technology management team advised by Vizards Staples & Bannisters. Wafer Technology minority shareholder advised by Lawrence Graham. IQE advised by M&A Solicitors.

Field Cunningham set to lose Crosby Homes with Hepplestone departure

Manchester-based Field Cunningham & Co is losing a commercial property partner to Eversheds, giving Eversheds a stranglehold on client Crosby Homes. John Hepplestone, who has been with Field Cunningham for two years after leaving Addleshaw Booth & Co, where he practised for more than 14 years, is joining Eversheds’ Manchester office as a fixed equity […]

A VIEW FROM INDIA

Is India the new Japan? This question will raise a wry smile from lawyers who have worked on India-related matters over the past 10 years. In 1991 India announced deregulation and reform to open up its economy. The first flush of enthusiasm, which saw Western businesses, including law firms, rush to take advantage of India’s […]

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