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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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Siemens lawyer powers up for Fujitsu

Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV is making Siemens information and communications products division lawyer Dr Heinz Tietze its new general counsel. The newly-created role was turned down by David Hyams, vice-president of legal and commercial affairs at Fujitsu Computers (Europe), who recently left the company after Fujitsu and Siemens AG formed the joint venture, Fujitsu Siemens […]

New Labour babe of the week

Well done barrister and PM’s wife, Cherie Booth QC of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, the woman who launched a thousand cooing baby articles, bets on names, working mother stories and “the price of bootees today” reports. Cherie, 45, is having her fourth baby next May. The Blairs’ news that they are having another sprog also […]

Skadden Arps Poach Sports Supremo

US law firm, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is making the executive vice president and chief legal officer of the National Basketball Association a partner. Jeffrey Mishkin represented several sports leagues as a partner at Proskauer Rose before joining the NBA in 1992. He joins Skadden Arps on 1 January. Skadden Arps executive partner. […]

Are UK firms ready for global banking?

Business is booming in banking as companies strive to provide a one-stop shop for their clients’ global ambitions. But are the UK’s law firms up to the task or will they lose out to the worldwide might of the US? asks Chris Dignan. Across the world, the banking business is undergoing fundamental change as banks […]

Berwins partners defect to Olswang

Olswang has lured two key partners from Berwin Leighton’s highly-respected private equity team. Fabrizio Carpanini and Chris Mackie will join Olswang as soon as they have negotiated their exit from Berwin Leighton. Jonathan Goldstein, chief executive at Olswang, says their arrival will prove a big step in building a full-service practice for new media clients. […]

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