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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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Buchanan Ingersoll takes rival's bio team

Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll is taking on one of the US’s leading biotechnology teams from rival firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. The group of nine lawyers, including four partners, boosts the firm’s technology practice and leaves Akin Gump lacking in its biomedical, food and drug capability. The partners are Robert Pinco, Edward John […]

The City is the nucleus of the modern world

I do not think I want my ashes scattered in Moorgate, although there are worse places. The street certainly has endurance. Seen through the rain-smeared window of a cab, it doesn’t look much different from the way it did nearly 40 years ago when I walked down it on the way to my interview for […]

Akin Gump loses London chief to Paul Hastings

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has lost the senior partner of its London office after he refused to relocate back to the US. Top corporate M&A partner Keith Hughes has turned his back on the firm and is moving to the fledgling London operation of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Akin Gump […]

Deloittes forms M&A French link

Deloitte & Touche Juridique et Fiscal is joining forces with French firm Poitrinal & Associés/Galexia to boost its M&A activities. The move also is expected to strengthen the French legal arm of Deloitte & Touche’s capabilities in a number of related areas, among them LBOs (leverage buy-outs), risk capital, IPOs (initial public offerings), stock exchange […]

Carrington quits B&M for F1 client

Baker & McKenzie is losing one of its top international partners to racing client McLaren. Nigel Carrington is a member of the firm’s eight-partner worldwide management committee and a former managing partner of the London office. Corporate finance partner Carrington is moving to TAG McLaren Holdings as managing director after working with the client for […]

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