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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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Doughty St snaps up negligence heavyweight

Leading public law and civil liberties set Doughty Street Chambers has boosted its criminal and clinical negligence teams, with more additions expected soon. Heavyweight criminal practitioner David Hislop joins this week from Richard Ferguson QC’s chambers at 1 Crown Office Row with senior clinical negligence expert Christopher Hough joining from 199 Strand in September. The […]

Tony Williams steps down…

Clifford Chance managing partner Tony Williams is stepping down from his high-profile role following the firm’s decision to merge with Rogers & Wells. He is only two years into his five-year term but denies rumours circulated by rival firms that he has been sidelined in the new expansion. “I have had a couple of very […]

In brief: Baker & McKenzie

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It was recently reported the American Bar Association (ABA) had decided to relax the rules allowing multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). However, it also appeared that the executive summary was that other professions that wanted to join would have to abide by ABA rules. It is arguable that in the US the lawyers are in the driving […]

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