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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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Hammond Suddards’ ex-head of derivatives is set to join Baker & McKenzie. Top capital markets partner Iona Levine left Hammonds at Christmas. At the time she did not know which firm she was going to join. Her four assistants were split up between other departments within Hammonds. She says she was approached by Baker & […]

New inquest ordered into inmate's death

The investigation of deaths in custody is in the spotlight after the High Court quashed a suicide verdict, says Roger Pearson. The death of a prisoner at Bristol Prison is to be the subject of a new inquest ordered by the High Court. The case is one which lawyers say focuses on the important subject […]

DAC loses banking team to Osborne Clarke

Department chief Chris Sykes joins as a partner and will head up the banking group at his new firm. He is accompanied by partner John Hayward and two assistants.- Akmal Ghauri and Celena Ong – who also join the banking department. The departures leave DAC with just two banking partners – John Nelmes and Paul […]

Olswang abandons EMI role after conflict fears

Olswang is bowing out of advising EMI on its bid for the new generation of phone licences after concerns over crumbling Chinese walls. The firm won a role advising EMI, a member of Virgin’s consortium SpectrumCo, after appearing at The Lawyer’s Legal Monte Carlo 99 conference (The Lawyer, 17 January). However, because it is acting […]

Osborne Clarke in DAC banking raid

Osborne Clarke has poached most of the key players in Davies Arnold Cooper’s banking department . Head of banking Chris Sykes, partner John Hayward and senior assistants Akmal Ghauri and Celena Ong will join Osborne Clarke’s banking team in March. Now only two partners, John Nelmes and Paul Webster, and two assistants are thought to […]

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