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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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Taylor Wessing secures cost cap for Associated

Taylor Wessing has won a landmark victory for libel defendants by securing a costs-capping order for Associated Newspapers. Associated is defending the Evening Standard against a defamation claim brought by a nursing home owner, Alberta Matadeen, who was accused by the newspaper of ill-treating patients. The claimant’s costs were estimated at £558,000 and the defendant’s […]

CC promotes 30 to partnership; litigation dominates

Clifford Chance has made up 30 new partners in a round of promotions covering 11 of the firm’s offices – the highest number at any UK firm so far this year. The London office and the litigation department receive the bulk of the new partners, with 12 and eight promotions respectively. Two of the promotions […]

Slaughter and May promote six to partnership

Slaughter and May will announce six new partners on 1 May 2005. Simon Nicholls, David Watkins and Benita Yu will be made up in corporate and M&A; Mark Dwyer and Matthew Tobin, in corporate andfinance and Claire Jeffs in competition.

Value for money prompts Arts Council to form panel

Arts Council England has unveiled its first formal law firm panel as part of a bid to obtain better service and value for money from its external lawyers. The Arts Council is the national development agency for the arts in England. In total, 15 firms will advise it on areas such as charities, corporate governance, property, information […]

The work-life quiz

Julian Yarr, head of London office, A&L Goodbody What was your first ever job? Earning £40 a week as a canoe instructor on the L’Ardeche River in France. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Realising in a client meeting that my four years of studying law at university left me unable to answer […]

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