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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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As the Snatch Land Rover case ends, recognition of soldiers’ legal status abroad is welcome, if overdue The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Smith & Ors v Ministry of Defence [2013], aka the Snatch Land Rover claims, defines the extent and nature of the Government’s obligations to protect armed service personnel on active service abroad. […]

Shoosmiths’ national corporate team receives Law Firm of the Year award

Shoosmiths’ national corporate team has again been named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at this year’s M&A Awards. The annual M&A Awards, held at the Millennium Mayfair in London, are said to recognise and celebrate the achievements of management teams, advisers and financiers who, over the past 12 months, have demonstrated their deal-making excellence in […]

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Awards: Focused groups

 Small boutiques are acknowledged for their big achievements  This year’s nominees for National Boutique Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards show that boutiques are boxing above their weight in all legal disciplines. Winner Davitt Jones Bould, for example, played a key role in ensuring the success of the Olympics, advising the Royal […]

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Gibson Dunn names new Hong Kong chief ahead of localisation

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has named its Hong Kong founding partner Kelly Austin as the new partner-in-charge ahead of the office’s plan to convert to a Hong Kong solicitors’ firm in August. Austin joined Gibson Dunn in August 2010 when the firm re-launched in Hong Kong after closing its first office there in 1997 (2 […]

Germany: Mutual Assistance Directive — Implementation Act consent by Conciliation Committee abolition of so-called RETT blocker for real-estate transfer tax

After months of deliberations, the Conciliation Committee proposed a wide-ranging compromise pertaining to the Act on implementing the Mutual Assistance Directive and the amendment of tax provisions, on 5 June 2013, which integrates the major part of the compromise found in December 2012 in regard to the Annual Tax Act 2013. In addition to various […]

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