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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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Lovells partners: either egos or stays

Lovells partners have been told to put the interests of the firm before their egos. The firm has recently suffered a string of high-profile departures, notably in its private equity practice, with Marco Compagnoni and Jonathan Wood quitting the firm to join the London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges, to name but a few. […]

McGrigors boosts tax team with double barrister hire

McGrigors has made a second barrister hire for its tax team in less than a month as senior Government lawyer Dennis Dixon joins the firm. Dixon’s appointment comes just weeks after The Lawyer revealed that McGrigors was hiring 18 Red Lion Court’s Jonathan Fisher QC for a push into regulatory and white-collar crime work. McGrigors […]

Reed Smith guides Napo through first-ever US primary listing on LSE

Reed Smith guides Napo through first-ever US primary listing on LSE” />With a transatlantic merger with Richards Butler looming on the horizon, Reed Smith has bagged a lead role on the first-ever primary listing of a US company on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Partners Donald Reinke in San Francisco and Giles Beale in London […]

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Merlie Calvert: De Beers

De Beers has found a priceless resource in legal services manager Merlie Calvert. David Middleton reports In a new twist on an old saying, Merlie Calvert is De Beers’ best friend. The 32-year-old manager of legal services (North) for the world’s largest diamond company was named In-house Lawyer of the Year at The Lawyer Awardsin […]

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